NEW CASTLE —
Union 15, 16
Aliquippa 0, 1
The Scotties locked up a Class A playoff berth with a Section 3-A sweep of the Quips.
Union (7-3, 7-5), which is in second place, still has a shot at clinching second place outright in the league standings. The Scotties travel to third-place Rochester (6-3, 6-4) at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
The teams split the first two meetings.
“It’s always a goal,” Scotties coach Mark Stanley said of the playoffs. “(Tomorrow) is very important for us, and it’s very important for Rochester, too. It’s for seeding purposes.”
Union posted 16 hits in the opener. Cole Gorgacz and Kody Smith recorded three hits each, while Jacob Jendrysik, Devan Schuller, Logan Schuller and Randy DeJohn added two each. Devan Schuller hit his second homer of the season, a three-run blast in the first inning.
DeJohn (1-0) notched a no-hitter with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.
The Scotties tallied 15 hits in the second game. Smith and Logan Schuller had three hits each for the winners, while Jeremy Rice added a pair.
Logan Schuller (1-0) picked up the win. He worked five innings, giving up three hits and an earned run with three walks and eight strikeouts.
“We’re swinging the bats well,” Stanley said. “This week will tell more. We’’ll see how we’re sitting after this week.”
North Allegheny 16,
New Castle 5
The Tigers built a 6-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a Section 1-AAAA road win over the Red Hurricane at Flaherty Field.
“It was a pretty miserable day,” New Castle coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “We had a rain delay in the bottom of the first. We got the field fixed up and then it rained again.
“The field was pretty sloppy. We threw the ball all over the place. It was just a tough day to play baseball.”
Joe Gunn (0-2) started and took the loss. Gunn pitched to three batters and didn’t record an out before he was pulled. He gave up three runs — one earned — with two walks. Gunn hit a batter as well.
The ’Canes (1-9, 6-11) had six hits and four errors.
North Allegheny (8-2, 12-6) is in second place in the section behind Butler (8-1, 11-3.