Ezeck Olinger clubbed a double and a home run and drove in four runs, including a game-ending RBI sacrifice fly, and first-seeded West Shamokin responded from its only loss of the season to beat visiting Heritage Conference foe Northern Cambria, 12-2, in a District 6 Class 2A playoff game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
West Shamokin (14-1) will play host to Heritage Conference foe Homer-Center in the semifinals on Thursday.
The Wolves, who lost to Class 3A Ligonier Valley in Thursday’s Heritage Conference championship game, scored at least one run in each inning, including a five-run fourth that staked West Shamokin to a 10-1 lead.
Eighth-seeded Northern Cambria took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning but didn’t score again Jordan Wise belted a solo home run in the fifth.
Jacob Allen and Tristan Doverspike added a pair of hits apiece for West Shamokin. Brendan Mondi has three RBIs, and Blake Fairman and Tyler Lightcap each doubled.
Wise went 2-for-2 for Northern Cambria, which wrapped up its season with an 8-11 record.
Doverspike struck out six and walked one over 4 2-3 innings to earn the win, and Allen needed just one pitch to record the final out on a groundout.
MOUNT UNION 9, LIGONIER VALLEY 2: Ligonier Valley fell into an early deficit and mustered just a pair of basehits through six innings before snapping the shutout in the seventh as the fifth-seeded Rams ended their season with a loss to host Mount Union in the District 6 Class 3A quarterfinals.
Ligonier Valley, which claimed its first Heritage Conference championship with a 4-2 victory over West Shamokin on Thursday, concluded its season with a 14-3 record.
Mount Union, the fourth seed, took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the opening inning on Kobe Hand’s one-out grand slam. And after a trio of scoreless innings, the Trojan stretched their lead to 9-0 in a five-run fifth.
The Rams plated both of their runs in the seventh inning.
Andrew Kuzemchak had two of Ligonier Valley’s seven hits.
Michael Marinchak was charged with four runs — three earned — and struck out five over four innings to take the loss.
Dylan Gearhart struck out eight without issuing a walk in a complete-game win.
ST. JOSEPH’S 11, SALTSBURG 4: Saltsburg tallied just three hits and committed 10 errors as the third-seeded fell to an upset loss to visiting St. Joseph’s in a District 6 Class A quarterfinal game.
St. Joseph’s opened with a five-run first inning and stretched its lead to 11-0 in the top of the seventh before Saltsburg plated all of its runs in the bottom of the final inning.
Alex Lassick had a pair of hits for Saltsburg, and Angelo Bartolini had one.
St. Joseph’s starter Camden Burris allowed just one hit and struck out 14 through six shutout innings to earn the win.
Saltsburg finishes its season with a 7-7 record.
LIGONIER VALLEY 9, CENTRAL 8: Myrna Breegle plated the free runner with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning after Ligonier Valley rallied to send the game to extra with a three-run seventh, and the fourth-seeded Rams held on to beat visiting Central in a District 6 Class 3A quarterfinal-round game.
Ligonier Valley (18-2) advances to play top-seeded Chestnut Ridge on Thursday.
Each team began the 10th inning with a runner on second base under tiebreaker rules.
Ligonier Valley ace Jane Garver struck out Central in order to escape the threat in the top of the inning. Abi Cmar opened the bottom half on second base and advanced to third on a bunt by Bella Schueltz, and on the next at-bat, Breegle lined a single to right-center field to plate Cmar for the deciding run.
The game was tied at 5-all entering the seventh inning before each team plated three runs to stretch the score to 8-8.
Ligonier Valley outhit Central 13-5, but committed seven errors to the Dragons’ two.
Breegle finished 3-for-5 with a home run and a pair of RBIs for the Rams. Cmar singled, doubled and had five RBIs, and Taylor Bojtos singled and doubled.
Garver was charged with eight unearned runs and struck out 12 in a complete-game victory.
ELIZABETH FORWARD 5, INDIANA 1: Indiana couldn’t generate any moment at the plate, mustering just a pair of hits against Elizabeth Forward’s Kailey Larcinese as the Indians ended their season with a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal-round softball playoff loss at Gateway High School.
The Indians wrapped up their season with a 12-9 record.
Elizabeth forward scored twice in the opening inning and once in the second to build a 3-0 lead, and after Indiana snapped the shutout in the fourth, the Warriors tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the fifth.
Cleo McMahan and Sara Zimmerman hit had a double for Indiana, and Haleigh Zimmerman drove in the Indians’ lone run.
Four Elizabeth Forward players logged a pair of hits, including a double and a home run by Taylor Ludwick.
Haleigh Zimmerman struck in three in a complete-game effort for Indiana.
Larcinese had eight strikeouts without issuing a walk through seven innings.
CONEMAUGH VALLEY 7, PENNS MANOR 3: Kassidy Smith cruised through five innings while helping to preserve Penns Manor’s slim early lead, but fourth-seeded Conemaugh Valley finally got the better of the visiting ace in a seven-run sixth inning to knock off the fifth-seeded Comets in a District 6 Class A quarterfinal-round playoff game.
Penns Manor scored once in each the second, fourth and sixth to build a 3-0 lead.
Smith came within one out of taking the lead into the final inning, strikeout out the first batter and inducing a popout on the second at-bat. But Conemaugh Valley strung together a double and back-to-back run-scoring hits to cut the deficit to one, 3-2, and chase the Comets’ starter from the game.
Anna Peterman allowed an RBI double on the next at-bat that was charged to Smith and knotted the game at 3-all, and after an error, she was charged with four unearned runs as the Bluejays forged the final score.
Smith finished with 10 strikeouts and walked two over 5 2-3 innings.
Peterman hit a solo home run for the Comets, and Hayden Sturgeon had a double.
Penns Manor wraps up its season with a 10-7 record.