New Castle News

April 11, 2014

Spring Sports: A roundup of action from April 10

By Staff
New Castle News

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.

Riverside 12,

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.

Union 16,

Aliquippa 0

The Scotties erupted for nine runs in the third inning to secure the Section 3-A win over the host Quips.

The game was shortened to four innings because of the mercy rule.

Union (1-2, 1-4) took a 4-0 lead in the second and extended it to 13-0 after three and capped the scoring with three tallies in the fourth.

Anthony Rush and Devan Schuller each had two hits. Rush also had a double.

Schuller gave up just one hit in four innings of work, while striking out six and issuing two walks.

Wilmington 15,

Jamestown 0

Brenden Presnar and Jared Berlin combined to one-hit Jamestown in the win for the Greyhounds.

The game was shortened to three innings because of the mercy rule.

Nate Anthony and Travis Brumbaugh each reached base safely three times for Wilmington.

Ellwood City 21,

Beaver 0

Austin Richard and Justin Vetica each hit home runs to power the Wolverines past the host Bobcats in Section 5-AA action.

The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.

Richard earned the win on the hill as well.

The Bobcats managed just one hit.

No other information was provided.


Shenango 18,

Western Beaver 0

The Lady Wildcats scored two runs in the top of the first and kept pouring it on in a Section 4-A road win over Western Beaver.

The game was stopped after four innings because of the mercy rule.

Shenango (4-0, 5-1) registered 13 hits in the victory.

Alexa Owrey and Carolyn Peterson pounded out three hits each for the Lady Wildcats. Kim Burdett and Elizabeth Quahliero notched two hits each for the winners.

Peterson drove in a team-best five runs and Burdett was next with three. Alyssa White and Quahliero added two RBIs each.

Burdett and Quahliero each hit home runs for Shenango. Burdett’s blast, her second of the year, was a two-run shot in the fourth inning and Quahliero’s was a two-run clout, also in the fourth. It was Quahliero’s first circuit clout of the campaign.

Shenango scored seven runs in the fourth frame.

“We had a really good day at the plate (yesterday),” Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney said. “We saw two totally different pitching styles the last two days.

“The girls made the adjustments earlier against Western Beaver. Western Beaver had slower velocity. It was another good section win; we did a nice job of running the bases, too.”

Macy Rubin (5-1) went the distance to earn the win. Rubin gave up one hit with a walk and five strikeouts.

The Lady Golden Beavers are 2-2, 2-2.

Neshannock 17,

Union 1

Neshannock pounded out 14 hits in a Section 4-A road decision over Union.

The game was stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule.

Madison Shaffer paced the Lady Lancers’ offensive attack with three hits and three RBIs.

Marissa DeMatteo contributed two hits and two RBIs. She slugged a two-run homer in the first inning, her first blast of the season.

Alexandra Fischer, Madison Altmyer and Cassidy Burrelli also posted two hits each. Altmyer drove in three runs and Fischer added a pair.

Shaffer (4-0) recorded the win. She tossed the first two innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run with no walks and two strikeouts.

Union (1-3, 1-3) had two hits, both coming in the first inning.

Neshannock (4-0, 4-0) tallied 11 runs in the first inning and six more in the second.

The Lady Scots plated a marker in the first.

Jaynna Johnston took the loss. Johnston pitched all three innings, giving up 14 hits and 17 runs. She notched two strikeouts with a pair of walks.

Ellwood City 11,

New Castle 8

The Lady Wolverines registered 14 hits and belted two home runs in capturing a Section 1-AAA road win over the Lady ’Canes.

Shaelyn Barrett had three hits, including a home run for Ellwood City. Barrett had a two-run homer in the first and she drove in four runs.

Lauren Stiles contributed three hits for the winners, while Mallory Swogger added two hits, including a home run. Swogger  had a two-run homer in the fifth and knocked in three runs.

Skyla Greco and Summer Maine had two hits each for the victors.

Greco picked up the win. She started and worked three innings. Greco gave up three hits and six runs — all earned — with five walks and two strikeouts.

Shannon Dudich and Abba Frengel notched two hits each for New Castle, which tallied nine total. Dudich delivered a two-run homer in the first inning, her first blast of the season. She added two RBIs as well.

Each team scored two runs in the first inning. The Lady Wolverines took a 3-2 lead in the second and the Lady ’Canes countered with five markers in the bottom of the frame.

Dudich (0-1) took the loss. She pitched two innings in relief, giving up seven hits and five runs — all earned — with two strikeouts and a pair of walks.

“I was very pleased with the hitting,” New Castle coach Leah Ann Williams said. “I saw a lot of good things, we just need to regroup.”

Wilmington 7,

Sharpsville 2

Courtney Cohen had two hits and drove in three runs to lift the host Lady Greyhounds to a nonregion win over Sharpsville.

Alexis Donati paced Wilmington’s 10-hit attack with three hits, while Alanna Elliott and Kayleigh Shenker each tacked on two hits.

The Lady Greyhounds (4-0) plated two runs in the second and third innings and added their final three tallies in the fourth, while Abby Ferlin blasted a two-run homer in the sixth.

Shenker picked up the complete-game win by giving up two runs on six hits, two free passes and four strikeouts.

Laurel 13,

Mohawk 12

No other information was provided.

Boys tennis

Lancers compete

Neshannock participated in the Midwestern Athletic Conference Team Tournament at Brady’s Run and Blackhawk.

A total of 15 teams competed in the event.

Logan Nawrocki reached the quarterfinals at No. 2 singles for the Lancers before being eliminated by Quaker Valley’s Walter Hubsch, 8-1. Nawrocki won in the round of 16, 6-4, over Montour’s Brian Jones.

Neshannock’s Nik Bentkowski (No. 1 singles) lost in the round of 16 to fifth-seeded Jon Tetrick (Beaver), 6-2.

The Lancers’ Aaron Maggi was defeated in the round of 16 by Beaver’s Garrett Haffner, 6-3.

Neshannock’s No. 2 doubles team Nick Przywarty/Tanner Lehett defeated a team from Montour in the round of 16, 6-0. The team of Przywarty/Lehett were eliminated by the second-seeded team from Quaker Valley, 8-0, in the quarterfinals.

Boys Track

’Canes win

Thaemon Mitchell won four events to lead New Castle to an 85-65 win over visiting Hopewell.

Mitchell copped victories in the 400 relay, the high jump, the long jump and the triple jump.

“I am very pleased at the way the team performed today,” New Castle coach Bill Croach said. “Our team is starting to come around and we have a lot of hard workers.

“Thaemon Mitchell was outstanding, winning four events. Breaking six-feet in the high jump is tough to do, but he did it. Khalil Huddleston had a solid meet. Mike Mazzanti played a key role in our victory. We were going to rest him a little, but after Alex Shepherd false started in the 110-meter hurdles — a sure win — we had to turn to Mike. We tell him what we need him to win for the team and he does just that.”

Spartans roll

Clint Glenn claimed wins in three events to lead Laurel to a 104-46 win over host Ellwood City.

Glenn won the 1600, 1600 relay and  3200 relay events.

Keaton Docchio paced the Wolverines with victories in the 100, 110 hurdles and 400 relay.

Warriors win big

Shane McFarland and Zach Shasteen each rung up three triumphs to lead Mohawk to a 127 1/2-18 1/2 win over visiting Neshannock.

McFarland topped the 100, 200 and 400 relay, while Shasteen finished in first in the 400 relay, pole vault and triple jump.

Jimmy Medure (high jump) and Robbie Kroner (800) were the Lancers’ lone winners.

Scotties lose

Riverside cruised past visiting Union 115-30.

The results of the meet weren’t provided.

Girls track

New Castle loses

The visiting Lady ’Canes dropped an 86-54 decision to Hopewell despite Caitlin Adamo posting four victories.

Adamo secured wins in the 800, 1600, 1600 relay and 3200 relay.

Lady Scots fall

Christina Noble erased a 37-year-old school record in the javelin, but it wasn’t enough as visiting Union lost 112-32 to Riverside.

Noble threw the javelin 126-4 to eclipse the old record of 121-7, which was set in 1977.

“I wasn’t up there when she set it, but once she saw us, she started running towards us,” Union coach Drue Flora said. “She was yelling that she broke the record. It was a surreal moment. It’s what she’s been pushing for since last year. It was an awesome moment between her and the four coaches. She’s been close. She was short by three feet in our first meet of the season. She actually broke it twice today.”

The results of the meet weren’t provided.

Mohawk rolls

Maria Fleck registered three wins to lead the Lady Warriors to a 117-32 home win over Neshannock.

Fleck won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and was a member on the victorious 400 relay.

Annalisa Frengel (shot put, discus) picked up two of the Lady Lancers’ four victories.

Laurel cruises

The Lady Spartans breezed to a 117-33 road decision over Ellwood City.

Jessica Conrad (300 hurdles, 1600 relay, long jump) won three events to pace Laurel.

Brook Muntean won two events (100, 200) to lead the Lady Wolverines.