Keystone Oaks rebounded from a tough loss to eventual WPIAL Champion Riverside in the semifinals to defeat Shenango 5-1 in the WPIAL consolation game as Nick Riggle pitched a complete game four-hitter, striking out seven.
While the win propelled the Golden Eagles into the PIAA playoffs, the third-seed from the WPIAL still got a tough draw. Keystone Oaks had to travel to Johnstown to play District 6 champion Bishop McCort on Monday.
Keystone Oaks kept the Crimson Crushers under control, allowing just four runs – half their season average – but could only plate three runs and the season ended with a 4-3 loss.
Despite the loss, the Golden Eagles ended an impressive season with a 14-7 record. The season included a five-game winning streak and a stretch of nine wins in 10 games. Keystone Oaks was also the only WPIAL school to defeat a Section 5-AA team in the playoffs, eliminating both Beaver Falls and Shenango.