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April 17, 2012

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NEW CASTLE — (Click on the link at right for a photo gallery from the New Castle vs. Central Valley baseball game.)

The Shenango High baseball team sure picked a good time for its best offensive showing of the season.

The Wildcats teed off on Riverside, 15-4, in a key WPIAL Section 5-AA road victory yesterday. The game was called after six innings because of the mercy rule. Riverside came into the game tied for first place in the section with Ellwood City Lincoln, and Shenango was a game behind.

The Wildcats (4-1 section, 7-4 overall), now tied for second place after Ellwood City’s win, collected 18 hits and scored 13 unanswered runs after an early 4-2 deficit. Andrew Uram led the attack by going 4 for 4. He scored once and drove in a run. Brett Chieze was 3 for 5 with four runs, two stolen bases and an RBI, Doug Bennett went 3 for 4 with four RBIs, four runs and a stolen base and Martin Tedrow was 2 for 4 with four RBIs and a run scored.

“We had a very good approach at the plate,” Shenango coach Mike Othites said. “We were looking for the fastball and we did a good job of getting key hits in big situations.

“It snowballed, just like it does when it’s going bad it does when you’re going good. We had big hits, good baserunning and it was one of those things that it just kept going. I was real proud of the fact that we got down 4-2 and we were able to get out of that and keep hitting.”

Trailing 4-2 entering the fourth inning, the Wildcats scored six times and never looked back, scoring four more in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Brent McCormick earned the win in relief. He pitched the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing two hits with zero walks, zero runs and striking out six.

“McCormick did a great job in relief,” Othites said. “He was able to shut them down. He didn’t walk anyone, which was key. He made them hit the ball and we made plays behind him. It helped that we got some runs and he was able to relax.”

Bennett connected for his first homer of the year, crushing a two-run shot that hit the roof of a building past the left-field fence. The Wildcats also hit three doubles and turned a double play.

“Anytime you win at Riverside, you come away smiling,” Othites said. “But I told them to enjoy it for the evening because just like a loss, we have to forget about this and move on to the next one.”

Riverside (4-1, 7-4) is ranked No. 3 in the WPIAL in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. The Panthers won the WPIAL and PIAA championships last year.

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