WPIAL Titles, State Playoff Berths On The Line

May 30, 2023 10:01 pm

Andrew Bredel had three hits, a pair of runs driven in and tossed a complete-game five-hitter to lead Burgettstown past New Brighton and into the PIAA playoffs.  Brodie Kuzior also had three hits, including a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Riley Kennedy doubled twice, drove in a run and score one as the Blue Devils return to the state tournament, looking to improve on last year’s semifinal appearance. Burgettstown will travel into District 9 to play champion Redbank Valley Monday, site/time to be announced.

Seanna Riggle hit an inside-the-park home run, breaking a 5-all tie in the top of the seventh, giving Chartiers-Houston a one-run win over Frazier and a third-place finish in the WPIAL bracket. Lauren Rush blasted a two-run home run in the first and delivered an RBI single and scored, putting the Bucs in front 5-1. Frazier plated four runs in the fifth to tie the game, setting the stage for Riggle’s sprint around the bases. Meadow Ferri got the win, allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out 14 batters. Chartiers-Houston will travel into District 10 to play champion Cambridge Springs Monday, site/time to be announced.

WPIAL Championship Week continues with title games and third-place match-ups through Thursday. Meanwhile, the state playoff brackets have started to fill out with several western Pennsylvania districts completing their tournaments on Memorial Day. Four Washington County baseball/softball teams, along with a pair of Greene County softball squads, will be in action this week.  California baseball, Trinity and Carmichaels softball have WPIAL Championship dates awaiting them.  Chartiers-Houston & Waynesburg softball teams have state tune-up games on the schedule. You can hear all four Washington County teams on WJPA-AM and online. Click for WPIAL Softball  WPIAL Baseball  State Softball  State Baseball  (first round state playoffs are Monday, June 5)

WPIAL Third-Place Games
Tuesday, May 30

2A Baseball #4 Burgettstown, 5, #3 New Brighton 1
–Burgettstown to play at D-9 champion Redbank Valley

1A Softball #4 Chartiers-Houston 6, #3 Frazier 5
–Chartiers-Houston to play at D-10 champion Cambridge Springs

3A Softball #4 Burrell 3, #3 Waynesburg 0
–Waynesburg to play at D-10 champion Jamestown

WPIAL Championships
Wednesday, May 31

1A Baseball #4 California vs. #6 Bishop Canevin, 12:50 pm at Wild Things Park WJPA-AM (1450) or Listen Here!
–winner hosts D-10 runner-up Saegertown, loser at D-5 champion (Southern Fulton/Meyersdale)

1A Softball #2 Carmichaels vs. #1 Union, 12 noon at PennWest-California’s Lilley Field
–winner hosts D-5 runner-up (semis Tuesday, Finals Thursday), loser at D-9 champion DuBois Central Catholic

Thursday, June 1
5A Softball #3 Trinity vs. #1 Armstrong, 2:20 pm at PennWest-California’s Lilley Field WJPA-AM (1450) or Listen Here!
–winner hosts D-3 4th place (semis Tuesday, 3rd/4th place Thursday), loser at D-3 runner-up (finals Thursday)

Pirates Pick Up Win In San Francisco

May 31, 2023 4:46 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Connor Joe homered against his former team and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco 2-1 to snap a five-game losing streak against the Giants. The Pirates moved back to .500 (27-27) after falling under for the first time since they were 1-2. Pittsburgh has gone 7-19 after starting the season 20-8. Dauri Moreta (2-1) relieved Oviedo in the fifth and was credited with the win following a scoreless inning. David Bednar retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his 10th save in 11 chances. Sean Manaea (2-3) allowed just an unearned run in four innings of relief.

Giants Pound Pirates; Suwinski Hits 2 Into McCovey Cove

May 30, 2023 4:51 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Jack Suwinski hit two home runs into San Francisco Bay on Monday during a 14-4 loss to San Francisco, joining Barry Bonds as the only players to reach McCovey Cove twice in a game since Oracle Park opened 24 seasons ago. Suwinski’s hit solo homers in the seventh against Anthony DeSclafani and in the ninth off Brett Wisely, a position player who took the mound in one-sided game. Bonds homered twice into the water beyond the right-field wall against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 10, 2000, and off the Florida Marlins on May 18, 2022.

Vegas To Stanley Cup Final After Eliminating Dallas

May 30, 2023 4:55 am

DALLAS (AP) — William Karlsson scored two goals and had an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights advanced to their second Stanley Cup Final with a 6-0 rout over Dallas. The Stars had extended the Western Conference Final to six games after losing the first three. William Carrier, Keegan Kolesar and Michael Amadio each had a goal and an assist for the Knights. Jonathan Marchessault also had a goal. Carrier, Marchessault and Karlsson were part of the inaugural 2017-18 Knights season that ended in their Cup Final. Adin Hill stopped 23 shots for his second career playoff shutout — both against the Stars. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Florida will be Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Heat Beat Celtics In Game 7; Face Denver In NBA Finals

May 30, 2023 4:52 am

BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Caleb Martin gave Miami 26 points and 10 rebounds in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to help the Heat beat the Celtics 103-84 and turn back Boston’s attempt at an unprecedented comeback. The Heat recovered after blowing a 3-0 lead in the series and advanced to the NBA Finals for the second time in four seasons. They will face the Western Conference champion Nuggets. Game 1 is in Denver on Thursday night. Miami is the first No. 8 seed to play for a championship since the 1999 New York Knicks. Top-seeded Denver has been waiting since sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers on May 22. Game 6 hero Derrick White scored 18 for Boston.

Mariners Top Pirates In Extra Innings

May 29, 2023 4:10 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Eugenio Suárez hit a three-run home run in the 10th inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-3 for their sixth win in seven games. The Mariners took a 3-1 lead with the help of solo home runs by Julio Rodríguez and Cal Raleigh, but blew it in the eighth with an error and a wild pitch that allowed the Pirates to rally to a 3-all tie. Suárez entered the 10th inning 0 for 3 before hitting his sixth homer, to deep left field off Robert Stephenson (0-3). The once NL-leading Pirates have lost four of five and have not won a series in May.

Former Steelers Running Back Le’Veon Bell Says He Smoked Marijuana Before Games

May 29, 2023 4:11 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell says he smoked marijuana before playing some NFL games during his career. Bell told Barstool Sports’ “Steel Here” podcast he would smoke and then run for 150 yards and two touchdowns. The 31-year-old Bell hasn’t played in the league since the 2021 season. The running back also blasted then-New York coach Adam Gase on the podcast, saying he was a “terrible” play caller during his brief tenure with the Jets.

Mariners Shut Out Pirates Saturday

May 28, 2023 7:48 am

SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Castillo struck out 10 in six crisp innings, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0. Castillo allowed one hit — Tucupita Marcano’s double on the game’s first pitch — and walked two. The right-hander earned his second straight win since dropping consecutive starts. Gabe Speier, Matt Brash, Trevor Gott and Justin Topa then combined for three innings of one-hit ball for Seattle. The Mariners backed Castillo with three runs in the first and one in the second. Pittsburgh right-hander Vince Velasquez departed after two innings due to discomfort in his pitching elbow.

Celtics Force Game 7 In WCF

May 28, 2023 7:53 am

MIAMI (AP) — Derrick White scored on a putback as time expired and the Boston Celtics moved to the brink of the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history, holding off the Miami Heat 104-103 to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Jayson Tatum scored 31 points, Jaylen Brown scored 26 and Marcus Smart added 21 for the Celtics. Jimmy Butler made three free throws with 3.0 seconds left for a one-point Heat lead. Smart missed a 3-pointer, but White grabbed the rebound and scored as time expired. Butler scored 24 points and Caleb Martin scored 21 for the Heat.

Game 6 On The Way Between Stars And Golden Knights

May 28, 2023 7:55 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — With Dallas’ season on the line, the Stars got two critical goals from a player who was a healthy scratch the first two games of the Western Conference Final. Ty Dellandrea’s goals came within a 1:27 span midway through the third period, and the Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final to face the Florida Panthers. The Stars escaped elimination for the second game in a row and head to Dallas for Game 6 on Monday night down 3-2. Dallas is attempting to become the fifth team in NHL history to win a series after being down 3-0.