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April 27, 2012

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NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock High softball team is closing in on a section championship.

The visiting Lady Lancers completed a season sweep of Mohawk yesterday, 8-3, in a WPIAL Section 5-AA matchup.

Neshannock (10-0 section, 13-0 overall) paces the section standings by a game-and-a-half over Riverside (8-1, 10-1) and three games over Mohawk (7-3, 9-5). The Lady Lancers have four section games left.

“That was a great win for us,” Neshannock coach Tracy Kimmel said. “We haven’t swept them in several years. Usually it’s been the other way, they’ll sweep us. But it’s good to get both wins against them.

“I like the way we’re hitting the ball. We’re putting the hits together. That makes all the difference in the world.”

Neshannock is ranked No. 3 in the WPIAL in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Amanda Furst (13-0) earned the win, giving up five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

“Amanda pitched really well,” Kimmel said. “She’s pitched well the last three games and she’s getting better and better.”

Madison Shaffer paced the Lady Lancers with three hits and Marissa DeMatteo added a pair.

Neshannock scored four runs in the top of the first and the Lady Warriors answered with a marker in the bottom of the frame. The Lady Lancers tacked on a run in the fourth and three more in the sixth. Mohawk notched a run in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Taylor Yarletts recorded two hits for the Lady Warriors.

Rachelle Miller (5-3) suffered the loss. Miller worked seven innings, surrendering 10 hits and eight runs — four earned — with six walks and seven strikeouts.

“It was a tough loss,” Mohawk coach Pam Beatty said. “They made the plays that they had to make.

“They put the runners on and were able to capitalize. We played a good game, we just didn’t score when we needed to. The section title was our first goal. But we just have to keep our focus on the playoffs.”

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