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April 3, 2014

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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.

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