The two teams who met for last year's WPIAL Class AA championship opened the season as the top two contenders for the Section 4 title, but it's another team that has surged to the section lead.
Keystone Oaks, a Class AAA playoff qualifier last season before moving to Class AA, has assumed the section lead by getting off to a 4-0 start. The Golden Eagles – ranked No. 3 in class AA – are 6-1 overall, their lone loss coming to Piedmont, N.C. in the season opener.
Two of the Golden Eagles section wins have come against defending WPIAL champion Steel Valley and last year's runner-up, Seton-LaSalle. The Golden Eagles edged the Ironmen, 2-1, Apr. 1, before hammering Seton-LaSalle, 12-0, in five innings last Friday. Nick Riggle was the star of that most recent triumph, tossing a two-hitter and driving in a pair of runs.
Keystone Oaks is the only unbeaten team in the section. South Allegheny and Seton-LaSalle are 3-2, while Steel Valley and East Allegheny are 1-2. Carlynton is 0-4. The Golden Eagles defeated South Allegheny, 6-1, last Wednesday.