By Ron Poniewasz Jr. and Andrew Petyak
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Union High softball team finally took the field yesterday and showed no signs of rust.
The Lady Scots took charge in their season opener with a 10-run fourth inning in an 18-6 WPIAL Section 4-A win over visiting Quigley Catholic. The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Ariel Junkin earned the win, working five innings. Junkin surrendered seven hits and six earned runs with three walks and six strikeouts.
“I’m really happy with the first game. We had a good energy level,” Union coach Gary Trimble said. “Defensively, we played well. Junkin did a really nice job pitching.
“We really hit the ball OK and we walked a lot. I was pleased with our first game and I’m happy to get the first one out of the way.”
Allison Bertolino and Samantha Costello collected three hits and three RBIs each to lead Union. Johnna Johnston posted two hits and a pair of RBIs for the winners, while Casey Brophy drove in two runs.
Union scored five runs in the first, one in the second and two in the third before erupting in the fourth.
The Lady Spartans (0-3 section, 0-3 overall) notched two runs in the first, one in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
New Castle 8,
Kennedy Catholic 7
The New Castle High baseball team just wouldn’t go away yesterday.
Adam Vastano capped off a comeback victory for the Red Hurricane in a nonsection tilt over visiting Kennedy Catholic, 8-7.
With the score tied at 7 and a runner on third in the seventh, Vastano hit a ball to second base. The only play was to first, as pinch runner Zach Senchak got a good break on the pitch and scored the winning run. Senchak was running for Ethan Pagley, who went 2 for 2 and led the inning off with a single.
The ’Canes (2-2) trailed 4-0 after the Golden Eagles’ half of the second inning but slowly chipped away at the margin. New Castle eventually took the lead, 7-6, in the bottom of the sixth but saw that evaporate in the top of the seventh.
“The first couple innings, we were walking guys and had a couple errors,” ’Canes coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “I wasn’t pleased with that, but I was pleased with how we came back.
“A win is a win, and we’ll keep building on it.”
Vinny Jannetti hit a double and drove in two runs for New Castle.
Mark Graziani (1-0) pitched five innings in relief to earn the win. Graziani struck out seven and allowed one earned run. He also went 2 for 4 from the plate with a double.
“This was his first game on the mound and he was composed. He struck out seven guys and pretty much took over the game,” Malley said. “He came in when we were losing and held them in check.”
Travis Brumbaugh was spectacular on the mound in a District 10, Region 2-AA victory at Reynolds.
Brumbaugh (1-0) went six innings and struck out 12 batters. He also scored both of the Greyhounds’ runs. Davis Smith drove Brumbaugh home in the fifth with two outs to tie the game and Jimmy Pitzulo drove in Brumbaugh in the seventh for the winning run.
Wilmington (1-0 region, 2-0 overall) would have all the runs it needed as Ryan Brumbaugh earned his first save of the season with a scoreless inning.
The Lady Wildcats belted 16 hits en route to a Section 4-A home win over Rochester and their third straight win. The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Shenango (2-0, 3-2) has outscored the opposition, 46-6, in the last three games.
“It was another good section win for us,” Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney said. “I thought the girls played really well and we hit the ball very well.
“We were definitely coming through with runners on base. I thought we did a really good job at the plate.”
Eight different Lady Wildcats batters had at least one hit. Alexa Owrey, Kim Burdett and Shelby McCart posted three hits apiece for Shenango.
Alyssa White and Hana Murphy notched two hits each for the Lady Wildcats. Burdett drove in six runs for the winners and Jenna DeLuca added a pair. DeLuca and Burdett both hit a home run. Burdett’s blast was a two-run homer in the fifth frame to end the game, her first homer of the season. DeLuca slammed a two-run shot in the first inning, her second of the year.
Macy Rubin (3-2) earned the win, giving up two hits and two runs — one earned — with a walk and seven strikeouts.
“Macy pitched a good game,” Delaney said. “I thought she did a good job of keeping Rochester off balance.”
The Lady Spartans were limited to just two hits in a Section 5-AA road loss to Riverside. The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.
“We had some errors and that cost us some runs,” Laurel coach Lori Krol said. “We have to solidify our defense.
“Hitting wise, we hit the ball. We’re proving we can hit it, we just need them to fall in.”
Kristan Fedrizzi (0-1) suffered the loss. Fedrizzi worked 4 1/3 innings giving up eight hits and 11 runs — 10 earned — with five walks and two strikeouts.
The Lady Panthers (1-0, 1-0) scored two runs in the first, four in the third and five more in the fourth. The Lady Spartans dropped to 0-2, 0-2.
Kennedy Catholic 3
The Lady Greyhounds broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning in a season-opening nonsection home win over Kennedy Catholic. The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Wilmington scored three runs in the first and two more in the second for a 5-2 lead after three innings before the outburst.
Cassidy Marett registered three hits for the Lady Greyhounds. Alanna Elliott and Ashley Houk collected two hits and a pair of RBIs each. Courtney Cohen delivered two RBIs.
Abby Sotter picked up the win. Sotter gave up six hits and three earned runs with one walk and eight strikeouts.
“It was just nice to get out on the field,” first-year Wilmington coach Tom Reed said. “We’ve got a lot of things to work on. But I was very happy with our performance.”
Central Valley 8,
New Castle 5
The Lady ’Canes outhit Central Valley, 9-8, but gave up three home runs in a Section 1-AAA road loss.
New Castle (0-1, 1-3) scored three runs in the third, one in the fifth and another in the sixth.
“I’m very pleased with our hitting,” Lady ’Canes coach Leah Ann Williams said. “We left too many runners on.
“I thought we played good ball; we only had a couple of errors early. It was a good game; I was really pleased with the effort.”
Alyea Cioffi (1-1) took the loss. Cioffi pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and eight runs — five earned — with a walk and three strikeouts.
Jenna Frank and Aleigha Withrow recorded two hits each for the Lady ’Canes. Withrow drove in two runs as well.
The Lady Warriors (1-0, 1-1) tallied a run in the first, one in the second, four in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
The Lady Lancers plated 14 first-inning runs to cruise to a Section 4-A home win over Aliquippa.
Neshannock, the defending PIAA Class AA champions which dropped to Class A this year, added three runs in the second. The game was stopped after 2 1/2 innings because of the mercy rule.
The Lady Lancers (2-0, 2-0) pounded out 12 hits. They have outscored the opposition, 35-1.
Madison Shaffer (2-0) picked up the win, pitching one inning. Shaffer didn’t allow a hit with three strikeouts and a walk.
The Lady Quips didn’t manage a hit off either Shaffer or Cassidy Burrelli, who went the final two innings. Burrelli struck out three batters as well.
Madison Altmyer and Marissa DeMatteo posted two hits and three RBIs each for Neshannock. Rayanna Furst added two hits.
Beaver Falls 2
The Lady Warriors scored four runs in the third inning to pull away for a Section 5-AA road win over Beaver Falls.
Mohawk took a 1-0 lead in the second and pushed it to 5-0 going to the bottom of the third. The Lady Tigers got a run each in the third and sixth innings. The Lady Warriors scored their sixth run in the fifth frame.
Shelby Brown, Jaki Bender and Haley Sainato supplied two hits each for Mohawk. Lea Brown drove in three runs for the winners and Hannah Morrow chipped in with a pair.
Bender (2-0) earned the complete-game win. She gave up four hits and two unearned runs with three walks and seven strikeouts.
“We’re adjusting well and we’ll have to keep working on things,” Mohawk coach Pam Beatty said. “We have an experienced group, which is nice.”