NEW CASTLE —
Neshannock High softball pitcher Amanda Furst was in control yesterday.
Furst tossed a no-hitter to lead the Lady Lancers to a 3-0 WPIAL Section 5-AA road win over New Brighton.
Furst (6-0) walked three and struck out five. She drove in two runs as well.
“Amanda pitched real well,” Neshannock coach Tracy Kimmel said. “We’ve been off for over a week.
“I thought she was pretty sharp, though. Her movement was working well and she was throwing pretty hard.”
Madison Shaffer and Madison Altmyer contributed two hits apiece for the Lady Lancers.
Neshannock (3-0 section, 6-0 overall) scored all three of its runs in the first inning. The Lady Lancers loaded the bases in the second with one out but couldn’t score.
“We could have opened it up right there,” Kimmel said. “But this is a nice win in section play.”
Neshannock has two crucial home section games on the schedule in the next two days. The Lady Lancers entertain Mohawk (4-0, 6-2) at 4:15 p.m. today and Riverside (5-0, 7-0) at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
“We’ve got a tough schedule coming up,” Kimmel said. “I’m hoping Amanda can stay in the groove like she was in today.”
Kristan Fedrizzi came through for Laurel in a Section 5-AA road victory over Freedom.
Fedrizzi was 3 for 3, including a triple, with three RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases. She earned the victory as well.
Fedrizzi (4-0) started and tossed a complete game. She gave up five hits and five earned runs with six strikeouts and five walks.
“Kristan pitched very well for us and she’s been pitching very well for us,” second-year Lady Spartans coach Lori Krol said. “She hit her locations and she did real well with her control.
“She came through for us at the plate, too. She did it all around for us.”
Brittany Grannis and Ellen Shaffer posted two hits each for Laurel, while Marissa Duddy knocked in two runs.
The Lady Spartans (2-3, 5-3) recorded a run in the first, three in the third, two more in the fourth and a marker in the fifth. Laurel finished off the Lady Bulldogs with two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh.
“I’m so proud of the girls. They did a great job in getting the win,” Krol said.
Freedom (0-5, 0-9) tallied a run in the third, two in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth innings.