By Ron Poniewasz Jr. and Andrew Petyak
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Laurel High softball team struggled at the plate yesterday.
The Lady Spartans managed just one hit in a 15-0 WPIAL Section 5-AA home loss to Riverside. The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Erica Latess smacked a first-inning single to account for Laurel’s lone hit. She was the only baserunner as well for the Lady Spartans (2-7 section, 2-9 overall).
Riverside has a two-game lead over the Lady Warriors (7-2, 9-2) with three section games left.
Kirsten Wilson tossed a complete game to earn the win. Wilson walked none and struck out 13.
The Lady Panthers (9-0, 9-0) are ranked No. 3 in the WPIAL in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They have allowed just six runs this year, all against Mohawk in two games — 9-5 and 4-1.
“Wilson is a good a pitcher,” Laurel coach Lori Krol said. “This is a really good team; they’re No. 3 for a reason.
“We got beat by a really good team. We couldn’t do anything with our bats.”
Makenna Natale (1-5) took the loss, tossing four innings. She gave up nine hits and 11 runs — seven earned — with four walks and two strikeouts.
“Makenna is pretty confident,” Krol said. “She knows Riverside is a good-hitting team. I’m not worried about her mentally.
“She’s a strong player and a good player. She’ll bounce back from this.”
Laurel committed five errors as well.
“We need to focus on our defense,” Krol said. “Our offense is there. This is the first game that we really got shut down.”
Riverside scored one run in the first, five in the second, five more in the fourth and four in the fifth.
Beaver Falls 4
The Mohawk High softball team wouldn’t be denied yesterday.
Despite a late Beaver Falls rally, a two-run eighth inning carried the host Lady Warriors to a 5-4 decision.
With Mohawk ahead 3-2, the Lady Tigers forced extras in the WPIAL Section 5-AA clash with a run in the top of the seventh. Beaver Falls (3-5 section, 3-5 overall) took its second lead of the game on an unearned run off Lady Warriors starter Jaki Bender in the eighth.
Mohawk (7-2, 9-2) responded with the game on the line, starting its own rally with an RBI single by Devon Giancola that scored Lucia Fee, who reached on an error. Fee also knocked in two runs.
After a double play, Hannah Morrow hit a bunt single and advanced into scoring position on a passed ball. Lea Brown drove her in with a game-winning single.
“Good teams step up and do it,” Lady Warriors coach Pam Beatty said. “We’re trying to get them to learn that you don’t have to get in that hole to be a good team. You can come out and get a few runs ahead and not worry about it.”
Bender (8-2) pitched all eight innings, allowing six hits, one earned run and striking out five.
“She just keeps fighting hard,” Beatty said. “I try to tell her the defense is back there and they’re going to make plays.”
Leah Woytek and Shelby Brown combined for four of Mohawk’s six hits with two singles each.
New Castle 4
Giving Blackhawk extra outs was a recipe for disaster for New Castle in a Section 1-AAA road loss.
The Lady ’Canes surrendered four runs off of two errors in the first, starting with a strikeout by starter Carley Aven that should have ended the inning.
Instead, the ball got away from catcher Aleigha Withrow, extending the Lady Cougars’ inning and adding four runs to the scoreboard.
“We were flat and we committed five errors, which is very uncharacteristic of my girls,” New Castle coach Leah Ann Williams said. “We were all over the place.”
Aven (3-5) went three innings, allowing eight hits, six runs, two earned, and striking out four. She was coming off a no-hit performance against Central Valley last week.
Down 6-0, the Lady ’Canes (4-4, 5-6) rallied for three in the fourth on the power of an RBI double by Shannon Dudich, who finished 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
However, Blackhawk (5-3, 6-4) poured on three more runs in the final three innings to seal the victory.
“It was disappointing because it was a section game,” Williams said. “I really thought we could run the table and finish up strong.”
Quigley Catholic 9,
Union couldn’t recover from a poor start in a Section 4-A loss at Quigley Catholic.
The Lady Spartans (3-7, 4-7) batted five runs off Union starter Jaynna Johnston (1-1) in the first inning.
“We got off to a bad start,” Lady Scots coach Gary Trimble said. “We had a couple of runners on and didn’t score. We had trouble getting them out in the first.”
Union (5-6, 5-6) was limited to six hits, with two coming from Casey Brophy, both singles.
The Lady Wildcats slugged 13 hits en route to a Section 4-A road win over the Lady Rams.
Kim Burdett had three hits and three RBIs for Shenango (8-3, 10-6) including a home run. Alexa Owrey and Makayla Jones added two hits apiece for the winners.
“We came out firing,” Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney said. “We had a really good offensive game. Our approach at the plate was just the way it’s been. We hit the ball really well. We hit it hard.”
Macy Rubin (10-6) picked up the win. Rubin went the distance, giving up five hits and three runs — one earned — with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
“It was a very solid performance from Macy,” Delaney said. “She really kept the Rochester hitters off balance.”
Shenango took a 1-0 lead in the third and added another marker in the fourth before breaking it open with a six-run fifth. Rochester (3-8, 3-9) plated all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Lady Wildcats capped the win with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
The game was stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule.
Beaver Falls 5
Carrington Bell delivered for Union in a nonsection home win over Beaver Falls.
Bell had two hits, including a grand slam, with five RBIs. The homer, his first of the year, came in the second inning to lift the Scotties to a 7-2 lead.
“It was a good at-bat for Carrington; he got it good. I knew it was gone,” Union coach Mark Stanley said.
Wayne Seamans added two hits for the Scotties, who had 10 total hits.
“I was pleased with the hitting,” Stanley said. “We’ve been swinging the bats much better.”
Devan Schuller (3-1) tossed a complete game to pick up the win, allowing six hits and five runs — four earned — with three walks and seven strikeouts.
“Schuller battled on the mound,” Stanley said. “He changed speeds well and he mixed his pitches. I was pleased. His walks were down and his strikeouts were up.”
Union scored a run in the first, six in the second, one in the third and two more in the sixth.
The Tigers tallied solo markers in each of the first three innings before plating two in the fourth.
New Castle toppled Ambridge, 106-44, with help from Khalil Huddleston, Antonio Rudolph and Levar Ware.
Huddleston placed first in the 100, 200 and 400 relay while Rudolph captured the 400, 400 relay and triple jump crowns.
Ware dominated in the field events, capturing the shot put, discus and javelin competitions.
Names for members of the ’Canes’ winning 1600 relay team were not provided.
The Greyhounds couldn’t keep pace with West Middlesex in a 95-55 defeat.
Jon Yohman led Wilmington with a first-place finish in the shot put and discus. Dwight Scott earned victory in the 300 hurdles and 3200 relay.
Lady Greyhounds prevail
Wilmington received great performances from three runners in upending West Middlesex, 78-72.
The Lady Greyhounds’ Tessa Sikora took the 100, 200, 400 relay and high jump while Hannah Drake was best in the 1600 relay, 3200 relay, long jump and triple jump. Allison Baldwin couldn’t be matched in the 400, 800, 1600 relay and 3200 relay.
Jamie Thompson also scored well for Wilmington with a win in the 400 relay, 1600 relay and pole vault.
New Castle triumphs
The Lady ’Canes knocked off Ambridge, 81-64.
New Castle’s Kelsey Scott distanced herself from the pack in the 100 and long jump, while Caitlyn Adamo captured the 800 and 1600 relay. Christina Hendricks was first in the 300 hurdles and 1600 relay, and Jamay Walker earned victory in the shot put and discus for the Lady ’Canes.
Lancers roll to win
Neshannock won all five matches in convincing fashion for a Section 2-AA road win over Beaver Falls.
The win clinches a WPIAL playoff berth for the Lancers (7-4, 9-4).
Following are the results:
Neshannock 5, Beaver Falls 0
1. Max Watters (N) def. Clay Barnes 6-4, 6-2.
2. Joe Bullano (N) def. Jared Boggs 6-1, 6-3.
3. Nick Hautala (N) def. Karlin Jones 6-1, 6-0.
1. Mike Maciarello/Connor Richards (N) def. Mileak Buffalo/Dallas Revels 6-3, 6-3.
2. Nick Montini/Mitch Cialella (N) def. Gino Osco/Ashton Dargartz 6-1, 6-2.
1. Logan Nawrocki (N) won 6-2.