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April 5, 2013

Photo Gallery, Story: A roundup of softball, baseball action for April 5

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.

Baseball

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.”  

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