Scholastic baseball/softball roundup | Bishop Carroll upsets 2023 PIAA champion Clarion Area in 1st round


PIAA Tournament

Class 1A First Round

Bishop Carroll Catholic 9, Clarion Area 3: In DuBois, senior right-hander Mark Mento struck out three and allowed one run over six innings as the Huskies upset the defending PIAA champion Bobcats.

District 6 runner-up Bishop Carroll (11-13) will meet District 10 runner-up Saegertown, an 8-0 winner over Bishop Canevin, at noon Thursday at Seneca Valley High School in Harmony.

The Huskies sent an early message by scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Clarion hurler Tanner Miller walked two and hit a batter. Max Oravec produced a two-run single.

In the fourth, Bishop Carroll’s Cullen Myers doubled in two runs to left.

Mento escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning. Mento threw 73 pitches and is available to pitch Thursday.

Clarion’s Derek Smail homered to center in the sixth.

In the seventh, Grant Casses and Luke Repko each provided two-run doubles.

Clarion tacked on two runs in the bottom half to set the final.

Casses, Myers, Oravec and Repko each provided two hits.

Clarion’s Dawson Smail, an Xavier signee, totaled two knocks.


PIAA Tournament

Class 3A First Round

Chestnut Ridge 5, South Park 1: In New Paris, junior right-hander Britni Motter struck out 12 batters and allowed one unearned run and four hits to lead the Lions over the Eagles.

Chestnut Ridge will face District 10 champion Sharon, a 1-0 winner over Avonworth, at Thursday at Gateway High School in Monroeville.

Motter went the distance in the circle as the Lions advanced to the quarterfinals for the second straight year. She struck out nine batters in a six-inning no-hitter when Chestnut Ridge beat Bedford 10-0 in the subregional championship game Thursday.

RBI singles from Motter and Natalie Short gave the Lions a 2-0 in the first.

In the fifth, Chestnut Ridge’s Maya Wingard delivered a run-scoring knock.

An error allowed Grace Lazor to score, and Jenna Mauck’s sacrifice bunt plated Wingard, who supplied two hits.

A single from South Park’s Ally Wilder broke up Motter’s perfect game with two outs in the sixth.

Motter retired the first 17 batters in order.

Wilder later scored on an error for her team’s lone run.

Class 1A First Round

Chartiers-Houston 2, Berlin Brothersvalley 1: In Venetia, single runs in the second and third innings helped the Buccaneers edge the Mountaineers.

Districts 7 champion Chartiers-Houston (19-2) will meet District 6 runner-up West Branch, a 3-1 winner over Northern Potter, Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Chartiers-Houston scored on an error in the second inning for a 1-0 lead. Taryne Drilak doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on an error.

Berlin Brothersvalley freshman Coral Prosser went 3-for-3 with a double. Prosser singled in the third, stole second base and scored on an error to tie the game at 1-all.

In the bottom of the third, Chartier-Houston’s Ella Richey singled, stole second base and scored on winning pitcher Meadow Ferri’s RBI single.

Perri finished with nine strikeouts as she scatted three hits, all coming to Prosser.

Mountaineers freshman pitcher Elena Ritchey fanned four batters and allowed six hits and two earned runs.

Berlin Brothersvalley closed with a 16-8 record. Seniors Rori Allen, Carissa Croner, Shay Fochtman, Claire Stotzfus and Taylor Hillegass will graduate.

“I am super-proud of my players,” Berlin Brothersvalley coach Brian Slope said.

“They gave everything they could today and fought until the final out.”