New Castle News


April 15, 2014

Spring Sports: A roundup of action from April 14


NEW CASTLE — Softball

Laurel 13,

Freedom 0

Senior Erin LaFrance blasted her first home run of the season and drove in three runs to lift the Lady Spartans to the Section 5-AA road victory.

Makenna Natale tossed a no-hitter, striking out 10 and walking one batter in a game halted after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Laurel (4-2, 4-2) claimed its fourth win in a row by plating two runs in the first, four apiece in the third and fourth innings and three in the fifth.

“It was a good win,” Lady Spartans coach Lori Krol said. “These wins have been against teams that we lost to last year. I told them to compare this year to last year to see how much we’ve improved. We’ve been in the gym since December. The hard work is paying off. Our motto is one inning at a time. This is a good team with good attitudes. It’s been a lot of fun.”

Rachael Baker, Delaney Baumis and Lauren Boston each ripped two hits for the Lady Spartans, while Boston also had three RBIs.

“Offensively, our bats have come alive,” Krol said. “This is the fourth game in a row where we hit the ball hard. It wasn’t one or two people. It was our entire lineup.”

New Castle 8,

Ambridge 4

The Lady ’Canes knocked the host Lady Bridgers from the ranks of the unbeatens with the Section 1-AAA victory that was delayed about a half-hour due to the weather.

New Castle (2-3, 3-3) pounded out 11 hits, while scoring two runs in the second and fifth innings, three in the fourth and a single tally in the seventh.

“This was a big, big section win,” Lady ’Canes coach Leah Ann Williams said. “I think we really caught them off guard. This is a huge win for us. We dug ourselves a hole in the section — starting 0-2 — but we’re rolling right now. We’re back in the hunt in the section.”

Jenna Frank went 3 for 3 with her first homer of the season and drove in four runs, while Allie DoVidio had doubled twice and had three RBIs.

“The kids hit the ball really well,” Williams said. “They all produced. I’m super happy. The hits were all timely. We were able to get kids moving around the bases.”

Alyea Cioffi picked up the win by scattering five hits and striking out two.

“She pitched really smart,” Williams said. “She changed her speeds and moved the ball around. We played error-free ball, which is surprising with how wet the field was. I was really happy with the defense.”

The New Castle JV team posted a 12-0 in 12 innings. Nicole Priscilla, Paige Shaftic and Haley Piatt each had multiple hits for the Lady ’Canes.

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