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Baseball: Keystone Oaks has its season come to an end

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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.

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Keystone Oaks’ Nick Riggle

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Name: Nick Riggle
High School: Keystone Oaks
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Center fielder

Background: Riggle has been a mainstay in the Keystone Oaks lineup for four years and the team's pitching ace the past two. He's the team's leadoff hitter and is the starting center fielder when he does not pitch. Riggle has been a workhorse on the mound and a headache for opposing pitchers when at the plate. He's helped the Golden Eagles earn a share of the Class AA Section 4 title. They are 11-4 overall. Riggle was a Post-Gazette South All-Star as a junior when he went 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA and led the Golden Eagles in batting average, RBIs and runs. Washington & Jefferson, Seton Hill, Point Park and California (Pa.) are among the schools showing interest.

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Boys Volleyball: South Feature Athlete - Keystone Oaks' Devin Brannon

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KO Athlete smallName: Devin Brannon
High School: Keystone Oaks
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Volleyball
Position: Setter

Background Info: Brannnon (known as D.B.) is in his first year of organized volleyball. He stepped in to replace Kobe Phillippi, who was All-Section and All-WPIAL in 2015. Thus far, Brannon has done a remarkable job in just two months of learning the position for the Golden Eagles. Aside from volleyball, Brannon also plays center-back for the varsity soccer team. He also belongs to the school marching band, National Honors Society, Future Business Leaders of America, and Math Club in addition to several other activities and currently maintains a 4.3 overall GPA.

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Baseball: Keystone Oaks wins thriller; grabs Section 4-AA lead

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Anyone who watched Monday's showdown between Keystone Oaks and Seton-LaSalle saw a game they likely won't soon forget.

With the section lead on the line, Keystone Oaks scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge Seton-LaSalle, 12-11, in a thriller in Class AA Section 4. Keystone Oaks improved to 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the section. Seton-LaSalle dropped to 5-2, 4-1.

In a wild, see-saw affair, Keystone Oaks scored two runs in the first and one in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Seton-LaSalle responded with one in the third and four in the fourth to go ahead, 5-3, but Keystone Oaks seemingly took control by scoring three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to take a 9-5 lead. However, Seton-LaSalle plated four runs in the seventh to tie the score, 9-9, and send the game to extra innings.