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April 20, 2012

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NEW CASTLE — One inning was all the Mohawk High softball team needed.

The Lady Warriors struck for five first-inning runs to cruise past Beaver Falls, 8-4, in a WPIAL Section 5-AA home matchup.

Mohawk (6-2 section, 8-4 overall) kept its hold on third place in the section with the win, just a game behind Riverside (7-1, 9-1).

Rachelle Miller paced the Lady Warriors with three hits, including two doubles. Devon Giancola contributed a single, a double and two RBIs, while Hannah Morrow drove in three runs and Merran Nottingham added two RBIs.

Mohawk rolled up four runs on four hits and a walk in the first.

“We were really hitting the ball today,” Lady Warriors coach Pam Beatty said. “We strung some hits together and scored some runs. We had one bad inning in the field and that’s where we gave up our four runs, but overall we played real well.”

Jaki Bender (3-2) earned the victory, going seven innings and allowing four runs — one earned — on four hits, two walks and eight strikeouts.

“She did real well,” Beatty said. “It was mainly her location. She was catching them off guard.

“There were some runners on quite a few times, but we were able to get out of those situations. And they scored all of their runs with two outs.”

Beaver Falls (3-5, 4-7) scored all four of its runs with two outs in the third inning. The Lady Warriors tacked on two runs in the second and one in the fourth.

Neshannock 11,

Freedom 1

The Neshannock High softball team continues to roll.

The Lady Lancers scored nine runs in the bottom of the second inning to blow the game open and roll to an 11-1 WPIAL Section 5-AA home win over Freedom.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.

Amanda Furst (10-0) earned the win, tossing three innings. Furst allowed one hit and no runs with five strikeouts and no walks. She had two RBIs as well.

Katie Burrelli and Rayanna Furst, Amanda’s younger sister, also drove in two runs apiece for the Lady Lancers (7-0 section, 10-0 overall).

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