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 West Hempfield Pulls Even with Kiski Valley

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By the Tribune Review
July 17, 2007


The West Hempfield American Legion baseball team used timely hitting and good pitching to even its best-of-three playoff series with Kiski Valley in District 31 action Sunday.  Kyle Anderson tossed a four hitter and helped his own cause with two hits and two RBI in helping West Hempfield to a 6-1 victory in Game 2 of the series. Kiski Valley, which won Game 1, 5-1, on Saturday, will play host to Game 3 at 5:30 p.m. today at Laube Field in Freeport.  "Anytime you combine timely hitting, good pitching and defense, you usually win," West Hempfield coach Bob Stokes said. "That's what happened Sunday. Kyle pitched great and we took advantage of seven walks."  West Hempfield scored all of its runs with two outs.  In the first inning, Anderson singled home Zack Martin, who doubled, and when Kiski Valley committed a throwing error, two more runs scored.  Willie Nelson hit a solo home run in the second inning for Kiski Valley, but Anderson quieted the visitors' bats the rest of the way.  Anderson singled home another run in the third inning, and Steve Saunders doubled home two more in the fifth.  Anderson walked four and struck out three, while losing pitcher Jon Moore fanned four and walked seven.  Catcher Jordan Moore had two hits for Kiski Valley.

Latrobe 7, Irwin 5

Latrobe scored five runs on five hits in the first inning and then held off Irwin to win its best-of-three series. Jess Tetkoski doubled and Chris Bossart had two hits for Latrobe.  Irwin got three hits from Nate Babyak, doubles by Nick Miller and Matt Whiteman and a two-run home run by Josh Haubrich. The home run came in the sixth inning to close the game to 7-5. After a Miller double and a walk to Babyak, Bossart made a game-saving catch on a Whiteman fly ball in the bottom of the seventh inning. Brian Hantz was the winning pitcher and J.T. Redshaw took the loss.

Murrysville 9, Derry 4

Murrysville scored three runs in the first inning, two on a double by Marc Cassella, and held off a late rally to sweep its series against Derry. James Verona and Alex Buccilli each had two hits for Murrysville.  Preston Jones was the winning pitcher. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning and he stranded two Derry runners in the second inning. He struck out five in five innings of work.  Buddy Mroskey hit a triple for Derry, while Jason Thomas, Nathan Kohuth, Jordan Hope and Jordan Carnathan hit doubles.