New Castle News

April 3, 2014

Spring Sports: A roundup of action from April 2

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Rich Serignese wasted little time yesterday.

The sophomore hurler needed just 64 pitches to help the Neshannock High baseball team pick up a 7-0 WPIAL Section 5-AA win over visiting Mohawk yesterday.

“He did a great job of throwing strikes,” Lancers coach Mike Kirkwood said. “He was working the zone and throwing inside and outside. He was making things happen. He made pitches in great locations, so we could field the ball and do what we needed to do.”

Mohawk coach Kevin Sapp was impressed with Serignese.

“Serignese was extreme efficient,” the Warriors coach said. “He didn’t throw many pitches. He kept us off-balance with his curve. If we want to win games, we have to be better at hitting that kind of stuff.”

In six games this year, Lancers pitchers have recorded 60 strikeouts against six walks, Kirkwood reported.

“That’s pretty incredible for high school kids to throw that many strikes,” he said.

The Warriors (1-1 section, 2-2 overall) managed just four hits off Serignese, who had six strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.

“Baseball can be funny. You can go from scoring 21 runs one day to none the next,” Sapp said of Mohawk’s offensive output against Laurel on Tuesday. “The boys were making contact. We had several hard-hit balls that Neshannock had to make plays on. I felt like we were making more noise as the game went on.”

The Lancers (2-0, 6-0) jumped on Mohawk early with four runs in the bottom of the first. Jake Swope powered the surge with a two-run single.

“That was very helpful,” Kirkwood said. “It was beneficial to keep them at bay since they were coming off that big win against Laurel.”

Neshannock went on to score a single run in the third and capped the scoring with two tallies in the fifth, but the damage was done.

“The first inning set a good tone for them,” Sapp said. “We were trying to rally the boys in the dugout after that. We didn’t recover like we did against Laurel.”

Marcus Giangiuli paced Neshannock with two singles and two RBIs. Ernie Burkes also contributed a pair of singles.

Luc Tyler had two of Mohawk’s four hits. He also suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on eight hits and three walks.

Shenango 9,

Ellwood City 1

The Wildcats recovered from an early 1-0 deficit to secure the Section 5-AA home victory over the Wolverines.

Shenango (2-0, 2-2) turned a 1-1 tie into a 6-1 lead with five runs in the fifth before adding three more in the sixth. Ellwood City (0-2, 3-4) scored its lone run in the third.

“You base yourself against who you play and Ellwood City is consistently good,” Shenango coach Mike Othites said. “They’re considered one of the top teams around.”

The Wildcats managed 11 hits off Wolverines pitching with Sam Sibeto contributing three singles. Evan Kendall and Tyler Booher each had a pair hits for Shenango.

“Sometimes hitting becomes contagious,” Othites said. “We had a couple big hits and everyone followed suit. We faced some tough pitchers last week. That kid from Blackhawk (Brendan McKay) will probably pitch in the major leagues some day and Beaver Falls did a good job of mixing things up on us.”

Kendall picked up the win by scattering four hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking three.

“I was real impressed with Evan,” Othites said. “The only run they got was off his error. Other than that, he was real efficient. He mixed his pitches well and was able to spot his pitches. We played some good defense behind him.”

Ellwood City’s Austin Richard was saddled with the loss, chased after 3 2/3 innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and struck out two.

Beaver 4,

Laurel 1

The host Spartans struggled defensively over the final two innings and it cost them in the Section 5-AA setback.

Laurel (0-2, 0-4) committed five errors over the sixth and seventh innings, allowing Beaver to plate four runs off Chris Peluso.

“We had five errors and they were in the last two innings,” Spartans coach Eric Verdi said. “You can’t have five errors and expect to win very many games. We had three errors and a passed ball on one play. It was poor execution on our end.”

Laurel took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Clayton Sharek struck out, but reached on the dropped third strike. He advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on R.J. Stewart’s one-out single.

Aside from that, the Spartans struggled against Beaver pitcher Conlan Grossman.

“He got ahead early in counts,” Verdi said. “He had a knuckleball and was fluttering it up there. We were overly aggressive and hit the stuff back at him. He kept us off balance with his secondary pitches.”

Peluso limited Beaver to just five hits and allowed just one earned run, while striking out six and walking one.

“We ruined a pretty good pitching performance,” Verdi said. “Chris pitched real well. He had a good mix. He was getting ahead with his three pitches. That’s what you ask out of your pitchers. He was getting a lot of first-pitch fly balls. They didn’t hit much hard off him.”

West Middlesex 11,

Wilmington 4

The Big Reds sent 10 hitters to the plate in the first inning, scoring four runs and never looked back to hand the visiting Greyhounds a District 10, Region 2-AA loss.

Wilmington (0-2, 0-2) found itself behind 10-1 in the top of the sixth before scoring three runs.

Jimmy Pitzulo started and lasted just two innings. He allowed six runs (five earned) with no walks or strikeouts.

Nate Anthony went 4 for 4 with three doubles, while Josh Fleegle had a pair of singles for the Greyhounds.


Shenango 15,

Quigley Catholic 0

The Lady Wildcats scored six first-inning runs and never looked back in the Section 4-A home victory.

Shenango (3-0, 3-1) plated eight more runs in the second and invoked the mercy rule in the third inning with a single run.

“I thought it was  a good continuation of Rochester game,” Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney said of her team’s 19-0 win over the Lady Rams on Tuesday. “We were doing the little things that you can’t simulate in practice and were able to work on some things in a game situation.”

Macy Rubin (3-1) notched the no-hitter for the Lady ’Cats, striking out two and walking one.

“She’s pitched well last two days,” Delaney said. “She only threw 30 pitches today. She got to work on her pitches and mechanics. She did a good job of keeping the ball down in the zone and mixing up her pitches.”

Hana Murphy paced the Shenango offense with a single, a triple and three RBIs, while Alyssa White singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Alexa Owrey had RBI singles in her two at bats.

Seven different Shenango batters had at least one RBI.

“It’s nice that the bats have really come alive these last two days,” Delaney said. “We’re starting to see what the girls are capable of doing at the plate.”

Laurel 9,

Freedom 1

Makenna Natale struck out 12 and limited Freedom to just two hits in the Lady Spartans’ first win of the season in the Section 5-AA home contest.

Natale issued three walks.

“Makenna pitched a heckuva game,” Laurel coach Lori Krol said. “The good thing with Makenna and Kristan (Fedrizzi) is they’ve developed a nice changeup or off-speed pitch that’s helped them on the mound. Makenna’s changeup was working today and it kept them off-balance. It made her fastball even more effective.

“Our defense backed her up. We only had one error. The last few games, we’ve had some errors, so it was nice to cut them down today. It’s good to get the win. I think as the season goes on you’ll see us improve with each game.”

Laurel (1-2, 1-2) plated three runs in the second and third before adding insurance runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Freedom broke up the shutout with a solo run in the sixth.

Ellen Shaffer belted her first home run of the season in the second inning and was the first at the Lady Spartans’ new field, Krol reported.

Natale aided her cause with a pair of doubles, while Lauren Boston and Fedrizzi each had two singles.

“We had no strikeouts today,” Krol reported. “The girls are swinging and making contact this year. They just haven’t been falling. This was a good confidence booster for the girls.

“The difference between this year and last year is the experience. We graduated just one player from last year. We’ve been in the gym since December and have been focusing on our offense and our swings. It’s paying off. We’ve been preaching patience and looking for your pitch.”

New Brighton 4,

Mohawk 3

The Lady Lions plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to hand the Lady Warriors the Section 5-AA setback.

Mohawk (1-4, 1-4) grabbed a 2-0 lead after two innings and tied the score at 3 with a single run in the sixth.

“We’ve been in every game,” Lady Warriors coach Pam Beatty said. “We just seem to come up on the short end of each of them. We had runners on base every inning but one. We’re just not putting enough together.”

Leah Woytek tripled and scored on Haley Sainato’s single in the first inning. Makenzie McConnell walked and scored on a Taylor Tomb fielder’s choice in the second, while Sainato picked up her second RBI by singling home Tomb, who had singled in the sixth.

Woytek singled and tripled to pace the Mohawk offense, while Sainato had two singles.

Tristan Voss was saddled with the loss in relief of Jaki Bender. Voss tossed the final four innings, allowing two runs on one hit, three walks and three strikeouts.

Bender gave up two runs on three hits and two strikeouts over three innings.

Boys Track

Warriors cruise

Gio Menichino posted four victories to guide Mohawk to a 114-35 home win over Shenango.

Menichino topped the 400, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the 1600 relay.

David Waldschmidt won the 1600 and the 3200 for the Wildcats.

Girls Track

Fleck stars

Maria Fleck set a stadium record and won three events to lead Mohawk to the 77-73 win over visiting Shenango.

Fleck’s time of 46.3 in the 300-meter hurdles eclipsed the old mark of 47.1, which was shared by Mohawk’s Jessica Sackin and Ellwood City’s Angela McCowin.

Fleck also won the 100 hurdles and the 1600 relay.

Miranda Schry led the Lady Wildcats with wins in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Boys tennis

Neshannock at Riverside

Lancers fall

Neshannock dropped a 4-1 Section 2-AA match to Riverside at the North Beaver Tennis Center.

The Lancers are 1-5, 1-5.

Following are the results:

Riverside 4, Neshannock 1


1. Tyler Squicquero (R) def. Nik Bentkowski 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-1.

2. Jack Leas (R) def. Logan Nawrocki 6-3, 6-3.

3. Tyler McDonough def. Aaron Maggi 6-3, 7-6 (13-11).


1. Chris Clark/Robert Kwiat (N) def. Lucas Mansell/Blake Weber 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3.

2. Hunter Paff/Mike Knaugg (R) def. Nick Przywarty/Cole Smith 6-3, 6-3.