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April 10, 2014

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NEW CASTLE — Ellwood City Lincoln’s Dillon Horgan tossed a complete-game gem yesterday.

Horgan scattered nine hits to lift the visiting Wolverines to a WPIAL Section 5-AA victory over Laurel, 6-2.

Horgan (2-3) allowed two earned runs with three walks and six strikeouts to pick up the victory.

“Dillon did exactly what we wanted,” Wolverines coach Jeff Fotia said. “Laurel has a good hitting team.

“Sometimes we just went after people with heat. I thought Dillon did really well. He has improved in his walk ratio bigtime from last year. His curveball and changeup are working nice. He’s definitely making improvements.”

Anthony Joseph, Austin Richard and Frederick Roth registered two hits each for the Wolverines.

Justin Vetica drove in three runs to pace Ellwood City.

“I thought their kids did a good job throwing strikes,” Fotia said of Laurel’s pitching. “We’re leaving too many people on base.”

R.J. Stewart paced the Spartans with three hits and Nicholas Peluso was next with two.

Chris Peluso (0-2) suffered the loss. Peluso started and tossed three innings, giving up five hits and three runs — one earned — with a walk and two strikeouts.

“In the first inning, he got five ground balls and we didn’t catch three of them,” Laurel coach Eric Verdi said. “He made pitches when he had to, we just didn’t field the ball behind him.

“We had two errors in the first inning, Those are crucial errors. We should have been out in five pitches in the first inning. We’re shooting ourselves in the foot; making mistakes. We made a couple of mistakes on the basepaths. We helped Ellwood a lot.”

Ellwood City scored two runs in the first, one in the third, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Laurel plated a marker in the first and one more in the third.

“We need to rally around each other,” Verdi said. “We were having some trouble getting some guys out early in the year. Something I thought would be our strong suit would be our mental side. We’re just making little errors here and there. Physical errors are coming at a really bad time.

“We’re close, they just have to work harder. We have to put something together.”

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