NEW CASTLE —
The Neshannock High baseball team knows what it takes to win.
The Lancers remained flawless in WPIAL Section 5-AA play with a 3-1 victory at Mohawk.
Solid pitching from ace Alex Welker limited the Warriors to four hits and one run in seven innings. He threw nine strikeouts and walked three.
“In terms of his pitches, he was able to keep us off balance and change speeds very well,” Mohawk coach Kevin Sapp said. “He fooled a few of our hitters a few times in crucial spots.”
Welker was able to get out of a jam in the fifth inning with two on and one out by striking out two straight batters to end the threat.
The Warriors (0-2 section, 0-3 overall) held the powerful Neshannock offense in check, but three unearned runs on tough bounces and dropped balls combined with Welker’s performance proved the difference.
“It’s a lot of little things. We were having trouble with some groundballs. There were tricky hops on both sides,” Sapp said.
The Lancers (3-0, 5-0) picked up a run in the first inning on a kicked ball by an outfielder and added two more runs on errors in the second and sixth. Marcus Giangiuli gathered two hits and Frank Fraschetti and Don Colucci recorded a double each for Neshannock.
Tyler Rader (0-1) dropped the decision, giving up three unearned runs in seven innings.
“He changes his speed pretty well. When he is most effective, he is pounding the strike zone, in particular the outside corner,” Sapp said. “He was able to do that. He was throwing his curveball very effectively.”
Frank Shaffer collected an RBI double that scored Aaron DeSantis for the Warriors’ lone run in the third.
The Mohawk JV team knocked off Ellwood City Lincoln, 5-2.
Joe Salmen pitched the Scotties to a Section 3-A home win over Rochester.
Salmen (1-0) went the distance, giving up seven hits and two runs — one earned.
Carrington Bell belted a double for the Scotties (1-1, 1-1). Devan Schuller knocked in three runs for the winners.
“We played much better; it’s nice to get that first win,” first-year Union coach Mark Stanley said. “Joe Salmen really picked us up. He pitched a great game.
“We had some timely hits. But we have some work to do. We left some out there, but that will happen. I was definitely pleased with how we played.”