NEW CASTLE —
The bats showed up early and often for the Shenango High softball team.
On the power of 11 first-inning runs, the Lady Wildcats propelled to a 16-4 victory in five innings in WPIAL Section 4-A action at Quigley Catholic.
“We hit the ball pretty well and took advantage of a couple walks,” Shenango coach Amy Delaney said. “In terms of baserunning, we took advantage of some wild pitches and passed balls as well.”
Alyssa White and Kim Burdett collected three hits each to lead the Lady Wildcats (4-1 section, 5-4 overall).
“She was putting the ball in play all day with a mixture of bunts and hits,” Delaney said of White. “She’s doing really well in the leadoff spot. Her on-base percentage has been consistently between .500 or .600. If we can start off a game with getting her on base, that’s big.”
Burdett, the team’s cleanup hitter, knocked a double, two singles, walked once and finished with two RBIs.
“Kim’s been hitting well all season. I can’t think of a game where she hasn’t had a hit,” Delaney said. “That middle of the order really came through with runners on. That’s where we got our runs later on in the game. They changed pitchers, and the second pitcher had a little more control. We got our runs through hitting.”
The heart of Shenango’s batting order —Burdett, Taylor Biddle and Jenna DeLuca — combined for five hits and six of the team’s RBIs.
Lady Wildcats pitcher Macy Rubin (5-4) didn’t take her early-inning cushion for granted against the Lady Spartans (1-5, 1-5), allowing four runs, one earned run and striking out four.
Beaver Falls 2
Practice made perfect for Laurel in its first win in Section 5-AA play at Beaver Falls.
The Spartans (1-2, 1-3) limited defensive errors that plagued the team all season and recorded 14 hits to pull out the victory.
“The hits were spread out. It’s the first time we came out and had more than five or six hits in a game,” Laurel coach Eric Verdi said. “That was a big plus for us.”
Josh Dando earned his first win of the season, going seven innings and allowing two runs, one earned run with three strikeouts.
“The biggest thing was Josh on the mound and the guys fielding the ball behind them,” Verdi said. “We really fought hard and worked hard in practice, and it paid off.
“We’re young, but it’s just one of those things. These guys just need to play. This was definitely a game I could see the steps were in the right direction fielding-wise. We definitely took a good stride forward defensively.”
The Spartans only committed one error to four by the Tigers (0-3, 0-4).
The leadoff batters for Laurel did their part, as Ray Scala and Dando combined for seven hits. Scala was 4 for 5 with four singles and Dando was 3 for 4 with a double.