No. 1 Baldwin falls to Franklin Regional
(Photo: Upper St. Clair second baseman Gannon Rooney holds his glove up as Canon-McMillan's Dustin Bernardi looks to the umpire for the call on a steal Thursday in Canonsburg. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
When Baldwin visited Franklin Regional April 7, the Highlanders crushed the Panthers in a 13-2 win.
In the rematch in Class AAAA Section 3 Thursday at Baldwin, the Highlanders' bats were just as hot, pounding out 11 runs.
But this time, the team's run prevention wasn't as strong.
Franklin Regional (7-5, 3-4) had 16 of the game's 28 hits and won a high-scoring affair, 15-11, to hand No. 1 Baldwin (9-1, 6-1) its first loss of the season.
It was the first time this season the Highlanders allowed more than six runs in a game. Baldwin has allowed three runs or fewer in seven of its 10 games.
Colin Jonov was the star for the Panthers, collecting four hits, one of which was a home run, scoring four runs and stealing three bases.
Other top baseball games
■ Tyler Hensler knocked in three runs to lead host Hempfield (12-3, 8-1) past Class AAAA No. 3 Penn-Trafford (11-2, 5-2) in Section 2.
■ Class AAA No. 4 Blackhawk (9-1, 6-1) clinched a playoff spot for the 13th consecutive season with a 9-4 victory against host Hopewell (2-10, 0-7) in Section 1. Dante Parente hit a home run and was the winning pitcher for the Cougars.
■ Josh Lapiana threw a two-hitter, striking out six, and went 2 for 2 with a double and run scored in a 4-0 victory for visiting Chartiers Valley (11-3, 7-0) against Keystone Oaks (5-5, 3-3) in Class AAA Section 3.
■ Ernie Burkes went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs to keep Class AA No. 1 Neshannock (14-0, 10-0) unbeaten with a 9-3 victory against visiting Beaver Falls (3-8, 2-7) in Section 5.
■ Jared Conti and Jonny Marburger combined for five RBIs in a 9-4 victory for Class AA No. 3 South Side Beaver (12-1, 9-1) against visiting New Brighton (6-6, 5-4) in Section 1.
■ Tyler Day hit a grand slam and Miles Williamson added a solo home run to help Class AA No. 4 Chartiers-Houston (9-1, 7-1) to a 6-4 victory against visiting Beth-Center (3-10, 2-7) in Section 2.
■ Mike Percic went 3 for 3 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs to lead host Apollo-Ridge (3-5, 3-3) past Ford City (3-7, 3-4) in Class AA Section 3.
■ Quaker Valley's Ben Utterback threw a three-hitter, striking out nine, and went 2 for 3 with a solo home run to help the Quakers (10-2, 8-2) take down host Brentwood (4-7, 2-7), 4-1, in Class AA Section 1.
■ Bob Suder threw a complete-game shutout, giving up eight hits and striking out nine, in a 3-0 victory for Central Valley (5-7, 1-6) against visiting West Allegheny (9-3, 4-3) in Class AAA Section 1 action.
Top softball games
■ Abby McCartney had three home runs, a double and four RBIs to lift Class AAAA No. 1 Canon-McMillan (12-2, 9-1) past host Chartiers Valley (7-4, 7-4), 15-9, in Section 4.
■ Latrobe (9-3) got a three-run home run from Ashley Perillo in a 9-6 road victory against Class AAAA No. 2 North Allegheny (11-3) in a non-section game.
■ Brianna Dobson had three hits and an RBI and was the winning pitcher in a 7-2 road victory for Class AAAA No. 4 Shaler (8-2, 7-2) against No. 3 Seneca Valley (7-2, 7-2) in Section 3.
■ New Castle (6-2, 5-2) got two RBIs apiece from Aleigha Withrow and Shannon Dudich in a 5-3 home win against Class AAA No. 5 Blackhawk (6-2, 5-2) in Section 1.
■ Hannah Kline stole home in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Frazier (8-4, 8-3) a 6-5 victory against West Greene (6-8, 5-5) in Class A Section 2.