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Baseball: Keystone Oaks the surprising frontrunner in Section 4-AA

Written by Brad Everett on .

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.

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Boys Tennis: Keystone Oaks duo takes third at sections

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Predictably, two teams from perennial power Sewickley Academy took the top spots at the Class AA Section 4 doubles tournament.

But the third spot was secured by the Keystone Oaks duo of Richard Novak and Mike Meyer.

Novak, a junior, and Meyer, a senior, won their first two pro-style matches, 10-5 and 10-7, against McGuffey’s Aaron Lytton and Teague Nicolella and Hopewell’s Eli Lancer and Miles Collins, respectively. The Golden Eagles tandem fell to eventual champion Don and Ryan Gex of Sewickley in the semifinals in straight sets, but rebounded with a straight set win over Justin Nedzevsky and Alex Li of Seton-LaSalle in the consolation final. 

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Baseball: Keystone Oaks chalks up a big victory

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Keystone Oaks baseball team.

2015 0410 KeystoneOaks Baseball(Photo: Keystone Oaks' Nick Riggle, taking a pick-off throw as Charteirs Valley's Nick Cane dives back to second base during a game last season, will be counted on as much for his pitching as his defensive work this season for the Golden Eagles. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"It was a risk Scott Crimone was willing to take.

With only one out in the top of the sixth inning last week against defending WPIAL Class AA champion Steel Valley, the Keystone Oaks baseball coach decided to walk the next batter and load the bases.

"With Brandon Donovan coming to the plate, we had already fed him a steady diet of offspeed stuff and we didn't want to risk it with him," Crimone said. "So I called a time out and told our starter, Nick Riggle, the plan. He looked his infielders in the eye and they got out of the jam.

"It was a risk, no doubt, but the guys realized their coach had faith in them.""

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Softball: Keystone Oaks wins early-season Section 2-AAA showdown

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

As far as March softball games go, they do not get much bigger than the March 31 showdown between Class AAA No. 3 Keystone Oaks and No. 4 South Fayette. The Golden Eagles entered the game 2-0 overall and 1-0 in section play while the Lions were 5-1 having yet to play a section game. The difference in the game at Keystone Oaks would be Katie Lehman's run-scoring single in the first inning. That hit would be enough to stand up as Keystone Oaks pitched a shutout. The section is a complete tossup a few games in. Chartiers Valley (3-1, 3-0) is a surprise section leader ahead of Keystone Oaks (3-1, 2-1) with Montour (1-1, 1-1) and West Allegheny (1-1, 1-1) tied for third. South Fayette (6-3, 1-2) and Quaker Valley (0-4, 0-3) round out the standings.

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Hockey: Golden Eagles finish with win

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

It’s been a tough season for Keystone Oaks, but the Golden Eagles finished on a positive note.

Andrius Petrauska, Ryan Collins and Eugene Barilla each scored twice to lead Keystone Oaks to an 8-5 win over Wheeling Park Tuesday night in the regular-season finale.

The Golden Eagles finished the season 5-16-1, winning four of their final seven games. Two of the three losses down the stretch were by a goal.

Matthew Brestensky tied Barilla for the team lead in goals with 13 and led Keystone Oaks with 28 points