Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Side Beaver Outlasts Brownsville in 3a

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

South Side Beaver Outlasts Brownsville in 3a

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South Side Beaver and Brownsville showed up for their PIAA Class 3A semifinal Monday looking alike.

Both teams mistakenly wore their home uniforms, each black with yellow and white trim.

But when the game ended, the two appeared much different.

South Side Beaver had the look of a team headed to the championship game.

Brownsville did not.

South Side Beaver earned a trip to the PIAA final for the first time after rallying to defeat WPIAL champion Brownsville, 7-5, at Wild Things Park in Washington. The Rams (17-5) will meet Lancaster Catholic (19-5) at 1 p.m. Friday in the final at Penn State.

After beating two district champions in the first two rounds, South Side Beaver did it again, this time against Brownsville (17-3), which had won 12 games in a row. The Rams are a surprise finalist. They finished third in their section and had to win a WPIAL consolation to qualify for the PIAA playoffs.

"We've been playing our hearts out lately. We weren't expected to do any of this," senior pitcher Casey Jones said.

With the score tied, 5-5, in the top of the sixth, South Side Beaver scored the go-ahead run without even getting a hit. Marshal Windsor drew a leadoff walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Danny Luketic, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Jones and to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Jake Sargent hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield that was misplayed, allowing Luketic to score.

"Jake put one through the gap between short and third. It was as simple as that. I just had to walk in," Luketic said.

South Side Beaver got an insurance run in the seventh on Bishop McCoy's RBI single.

Brownsville had one last chance, but Luke Woodard worked around a one-out single to pick up the save after Ethan Woodling made a fine running catch to record the final out.

Woodard came in to relieve Casey Jones, who reached his pitch limit after six innings. …

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