BROOKSIDE - Runs were at a premium Tuesday night in the Division IV sectional at the Niekro Diamond at Perkins Field.
Second-seeded Steubenville Catholic survived a scare from eighth-seeded Beallsville in the opener with a 2-1 victory in eight innings. Meanwhile, in the second game, third-seeded Shadyside did all of its damage in one inning en route to a 4-0 victory against River.
The Tigers will return to Niekro Diamond tonight to face top-seeded Toronto at 7. Steubenville Catholic awaits the winner of tonight's Bridgeport-Frontier contest. The Crusaders and the survivor will meet at 6 Thursday evening.
Shadyside got a sterling effort from Austin Dorris, who went the distance, in pitching the Tigers to the victory. The big righty scattered three hits, while finishing with eight strikeouts and four free passes.
River got an equally solid performance from Cody Caldwell. The senior allowed just four hits, while fanning seven and walking five. All four runs were unearned.
Shadyside did all of its damage in the second inning.
Jered Brooks started things with a free pass, stole second and moved to third on a sac fly by Cole Crow. With two outs and two on, Luke Nardo's fly to left was misplayed allowing Shadyside (15-8) to score a pair.
Senior Chase Kinemond followed a single to score Nardo. Kinemond stole second and scored on Adam Stupak's base knock to right center.
Junior Eric Dierkes had two of the Pilots' three hits. He collected a single and a double.
Steubenville Catholic was pushed to the limit before dispatching Beallsville.
The Crusaders' Aleks Porreca and the Devils' Logan Nippert were locked in a pitchers' duel until Kyle Laukert's infield chopper scored Stone Romano with the game-winner.
Porreca went seven-and-a-third with six strikeouts before being relieved by Chris Murphy, who picked up the win by recording the final two outs in the eighth.
Nippert was outstanding in defeat. He scattered six hits while fanning 10 and walking three.