NEW CASTLE —
Brent McCormick registered his third homer of the season and drove in three runs to lift the Wildcats to the Section 5-AA win over the host Warriors.
“This is what we expect him to do,” Shenango coach Mike Othites said. “He’s in a zone, not only offensively, but defensively. He’s a good leader for us. Hopefully, he’ll continue to do what he’s been doing.”
The Wildcats (4-1, 5-3) plated jumped out to a 4-0 lead after plating two runs in each of the first two innings and added a solo run in the third before breaking the game open with a five-run fourth inning. They capped the scoring with a single run in the fifth.
The game was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.
“They hit early and hit often,” Mohawk coach Kevin Sapp said. “We knew they’re a very good hitting team. We witnessed what they can do, that’s for sure. They were hitting for power and were hitting a lot of gaps. They could’ve beaten a lot of teams, because they were hitting the ball so well.”
Evan Kendall also had three hits and three RBIs for Shenango, while Ryley Ferrari connected on his first homer of the season and finished with two RBIs. Hunter Waskin also drove in a pair of runs.
“We hit the ball pretty good against Laurel on Saturday and we carried that over,” Othites said. “We had some good timely hitting and good pitching that usually adds up to a pretty good win.
“Ferrari has made some adjustments at the plate. He’s starting to feel a little better and is starting to come around, which is great. It helps when the team is scoring runs around you.”
Tyler Booher improved to 3-1 on the season by scattering four hits over five innings and striking out five.
“He’s being Tyler,” Othites said. “We know when he’s out there that he’s going to give us a certain amount of hits, a certain amount of strikeouts and a certain amount of walks. We know when he goes out there he’s going to be around the plate and the other team is going to put it in play. We just need to make the plays behind him. He’s been starting for me since he was a freshman and gotten better and better. He’s showing what he can do.”
Mohawk (2-4, 3-5) had several hard shots right at Shenango fielders.
“A couple of the balls we hit were right at people,” Sapp said. “Tyler had batters off balance. You could tell, because we had a couple weak ground balls back to the pitcher. That’s a pretty good indicator that he had them off balance.
“I still feel like were due for a few bleeders. In so many of our losses, we’ve had the bad luck of hitting them right at people. It usually balances out over the course of a season and I try to remind the kids that.”
Luc Tyler lasted 3 1/3 innings, surrendering nine runs on nine hits and a walk.
“Luc normally has pretty good control,” Sapp said. “He’ll get his strikeouts here and there. He has to pitch to contact and trust the defense behind him. He had a good mindset and was ready. It was one of those nights where Shenango took advantage of his mistakes.”