NEW CASTLE —
The New Castle High baseball team found a way to pull out a win yesterday.
The Red Hurricane scratched a run across in the bottom of the ninth to claim a 12-11 WPIAL Section 1-AAAA win over North Hills at Flaherty Field.
Gino Quahliero singled to open the ninth for New Castle (1-2 section, 4-4 overall) and Zach Senchak sacrificed him to second with a bunt. Ethan Pagley lined a single to the gap to score Quahliero with the game-winning run.
It was the fourth extra-inning game of the year for New Castle.
“We’ve played more than our fair share of extra innings this season,” ’Canes coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “I’m proud of the kids. This team fights to the end.”
New Castle led 5-2 going to the top of the sixth. But the Indians (1-1, 4-3) plated nine runs in the frame for an 11-5 advantage.
The ’Canes answered with six in the bottom half and the score remained deadlocked at 11 until the last of the ninth.
“The floodgates opened in the sixth,” Malley said. “We could have packed it in.”
Robert Natale (2-0) earned the win in relief. Natale tossed five innings, giving up four hits and two runs — one earned — with a walk and five strikeouts.
“Robert held them in check,” Malley said. “He came in and walked some guys. But he came in and gave us quality innings. I didn’t plan on throwing him that many innings, but that’s what the game needed.”
Julian Cox and Robert Fee led New Castle with three hits each, while Senchak and Quahliero posted two apiece. Cox and Fee added two RBIs each.
Laurel 2 (5 innings)
The Panthers broke the game open with a six-run fourth inning in a Section 5-AA home win over Laurel.
The Spartans (0-4, 0-6) had four total hits.
Nicholas Peluso (0-2) took the loss. Peluso started and worked the first three innings. He gave up three hits and seven runs — five earned — with five walks and two strikeouts.
Ross Maietta had three hits and five RBIs. He added a home run as well.
Mitch Connolly picked up the win. Connolly went the whole way, giving up four hits and an earned run with a walk and two strikeouts.