Playoff run over for Keystone Oaks baseball team
In the past two weeks, Keystone Oaks has accomplished unprecedented school records, such as qualifying for the PIAA tournament for the first time and winning its first PIAA playoff game.
One thing the Golden Eagles won't be doing is making it to their first PIAA title game.
Keystone Oaks gave up two runs in the first inning and never recovered on its way to a 3-1 loss to Upper Moreland in a PIAA Class AAA semifinal at Green Township Park in Scotland.
Keystone Oaks (20-6) was coming off a 3-0 win against WPIAL champion and previously undefeated South Park.
Upper Moreland (three) and Keystone Oaks (two) combined for only five hits.
Keystone Oaks had only four hitters reach base against Upper Moreland's Tommy Robinson, who finished the game by retiring 12 batters in a row.
Upper Moreland (22-4) scored two runs in the first. Pat Driscoll had an RBI single and the Golden Bears scored on an error.
Taylor Lehman got Keystone Oaks on the board with an RBI groundout in the second.
Upper Moreland scored its final run in the third.
Keystone Oaks elected to start Lehman at pitcher instead of ace Jared Skolnicki, who was eligible to pitch because the game was postponed Monday. Instead, Skolnicki came on in relief of Lehman in the fifth.
Skolnicki pitched seven innings in Friday's quarterfinal game. Under PIAA rules, a pitcher who works more than five innings is required to take three days off before he can pitch again.
• Johnsonburg 8, California 1: The Johnsonburg basketball team made an unexpected run to the PIAA title game, and now its baseball team has done the same. After scoring 14 runs in its first two PIAA games, California (20-6) was stymied by winning pitcher Cole Peterson and went on to lose to District 9 runner-up Johnsonburg (18-3) at First Commonwealth Field in Homer City. California, which finished third in the WPIAL, scored its run when Ronnie Barron's double drove in Jake Columbus in the sixth. Brian Fisher was the losing pitcher. Johnsonburg scored two runs in the first, two in the second, three in the third, and one in the fourth. Devon Zilcoski homered for Johnsonburg, which had seven players notch RBIs. Johnsonburg finished with nine hits and California had four.