Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rematch: District Rival Hoping to Ko Unbeaten South Park Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rematch: District Rival Hoping to Ko Unbeaten South Park Team

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Success in the PIAA baseball playoffs is new to South Park and Keystone Oaks.

After getting a taste of it Monday, the schools are eager for seconds.

South Park will meet Keystone Oaks at 1:30 p.m. today in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal at Upper St. Clair. Earlier this week, South Park (25-0) won a PIAA playoff game for just the second time in school history. Keystone Oaks (19-5) did it for the first time.

"Getting here was one of our goals, but we're not satisfied yet," Keystone Oaks coach Scott Crimone said.

Although the schools don't have a rich tradition in terms of winning in the state tournament, the squads they field this season have the talent to add a few more wins to the history books.

This is a rematch of a WPIAL semifinal won by South Park, 1-0. That game featured a fabulous pitchers duel between South Park's Randy Dobnak and Keystone Oaks' Jared Skolnicki. Dobnak gave up one hit and struck out eight in five innings. Skolnicki pitched a complete-game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts. South Park's Nick Yobbi had a run-scoring single in the first that proved to be the game- winner.

"Keystone Oaks is a good team," South Park coach Steve Bucci said. "I commented to someone after [the previous meeting] that they'll find a way to get into the state playoffs and we might play them again.

"Here it is."

A few hours before South Park won its first WPIAL championship at Consol Energy Field, Keystone Oaks was busy punching its ticket to the PIAA tournament by defeating West Allegheny in the third-place consolation game at Washington & Jefferson College Field, located a few hundred yards away.

South Park kept its perfect season alive with a 7-5 victory against District 5 champion Somerset at Upper St. Clair on Monday.

It wasn't easy.

South Park spotted Somerset an early lead after giving up three runs in the top of the first inning. Dobnak, who has been spot-on all season, struggled and was pulled in favor of Jake Bywalski before recording an out. …

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