NEW CASTLE —
Neshannock High baseball pitcher Frank Fraschetti was dominant on the hill yesterday.
Fraschetti limited Riverside to four hits in a complete-game 4-1 WPIAL Section 5-AA home win.
Fraschetti (5-0) allowed one earned run, striking out 11 and walking just one in a matchup of two of the top teams in WPIAL Class AA action.
Neshannock (5-0 section, 9-0 overall) is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Panthers (4-1, 5-2) are ranked No. 5 by the Post-Gazette.
“That was a great pitching performance by Frank,” Lancers coach Mike Kirkwood said of his sophomore hurler. “Riverside is a very good hitting team. That’s pretty incredible what he was able to do.
“He was on with his location and he had his fastball and curveball working. He did a great job. He was able to locate up, down and away. I thought he really threw it well.”
Ernie Burkes, Jake Swope and Marcus Giangiuli registered two hits each for the Lancers.
Giangiuli was stellar in the field as well. He made a diving catch on the warning track right in front of the fence on a dead sprint with one out in the top of the seventh.
“He made one of the best catches I’ve seen in my 27 years of coaching,” Kirkwood said.
Neshannock went from unranked in the preseason to the district’s top ranking in Double-A and a one-game lead over second-place Riverside in the section standings. Both teams have two more games left in the section’s first half.
Monroe Central 0
The Wildcats played 27 players in a nonsection win over Monroe Central (Ohio) at PNC Park.
“It was a little bit of an art, but we managed to get it done,” Wildcats coach Mike Othites said. “It was a really nice experience for the kids. We hit the ball really well, too.”
James Brown (1-0) started and picked up the win. Brown worked one inning, allowing no hits with no walks or strikeouts.
Brent McCormick and Hunter Waskin each notched a double for the Wildcats (3-3), while Evan Kendall and Brian Tanner posted one triple apiece for the winners.
Shenango scored three runs in the first, four in the third and two more in the sixth.