New Castle News

April 15, 2013

Spring Sports: A roundup of action for April 15

Andrew Petyak
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A big inning propelled the Ellwood City Lincoln softball team to a WPIAL Section 1-AAA home victory over New Castle.

Five runs in the fourth inning from a combination of singles, hit batters and errors allowed the Lady Wolverines to erase a three-run deficit and earn a 6-3 victory.

 Theyenne Annarumo had the big hit of the inning with a two-RBI single.  

“It took us awhile to get started hitting the ball. We had a couple of opportunities to take advantage of putting runners on,” Ellwood coach Gary Rozanski said. “We put the ball in play and got the victory.”

Kara Sainato (4-2) picked up the victory with seven innings of work, scattering nine hits and allowing three runs with six strikeouts.

“She’s our senior and a four-year starter,” Rozanski said. “She pitched well enough for the win.”

The Lady Wolverines (4-1 section, 4-2 overall) ended the first half with a solid record in section play and will look to continue the trend in the second half.  

“It’s big. We’re 4-1 halfway through. Any section game, it’s big. It’s very important to get the win. To be 4-1, it’s nice.”

After starting out with early 3-0 lead, the fourth was the Lady ’Canes downfall.

“Unfortunately, a few of them were unearned runs. We had a couple of errors. We were up 3-0 in the fourth, but the errors hurt us,” New Castle coach Leah Ann Williams said. “A couple of their batters got hit by pitch.

“Our freshman Carley Aven, she pitched 3 1/2 and only gave up three hits. (Alyea) Cioffi came in and pitched pretty well and closed it down. Everything was good; three runs will usually win you a game.”

Dana Perrotta had a double and drove in two runs in the fourth for the Lady ‘Canes (2-3, 3-5).

“I was pretty pleased with the effort, we just had to shuffle people around because we had a few injuries this week,” Williams said. “It was disappointing, because it’s a game I thought we could win. We just have to regroup and do better in this second half of the section.”

Neshannock 11,

Shenango 1

The Lady Lancers remained perfect with a convincing Section 4-A win against visiting Shenango.

Madison Shaffer (7-0) again led the way for the Lady Lancers from the circle with five innings of work, allowing two hits, one unearned run and striking out six. It was just the second run Neshannock has surrendered all season, as the team has outscored opponents 93-2. Shaffer also collected two hits and two RBIs.

“I thought we pitched well considering the conditions,” Lady Lancers coach Tracy Kimmel said. “We were fighting 20 to 25 mile an hour wind and cold temperatures.”

“I’m happy we’ve gone unbeaten here in the first half. We’ll get ready for the second half of the season.”

Marissa DeMatteo clubbed two hits, including a double, with two RBIs for Neshannock (7-0, 7-0). Madison Altmyer also had two RBIs. The game ended in the fifth because of the mercy rule.  

The loss ends a two-game winning streak for the Lady Wildcats and drops them to 4-2, 5-5.

“We weren’t able to get a big hit or we were hitting it right at their players,” Shenango coach Amy Delaney said. “I thought our energy was up and thought we had good attitudes.”

The Lady Wildcats jumped to a 1-0 lead, but passed balls, errors and walks led to a nine-run inning for the Lady Lancers in the third.

“Anything that could wrong on the defensive side of the ball happened in that inning,” Delaney said. “You can’t give a team like Neshannock any extra outs.”

Shenango’s Alyssa White had a hit and scored the team’s only run.


Central Valley 6

Laurel 0

Although Laurel may have dropped a nonsection decision at Central Valley, there was plenty optimism from its head coach.

“They’re a AAA school, so it’s good to play a AAA team with a lot of experience,” Lori Krol said. “That was really good for our girls. It was nice to finally get an exhibition game in.”

Makenna Natale and Ellen Shaffer collected two of the three hits for Class AA Laurel (1-5) with a double each.

Natale (0-4) picked up the loss, allowing seven hits and four earned runs.

“We’re a young team. I have one senior and we’re just learning and improving every game. This score didn’t show it, but we are. We just have to solidify our defense.”


Riverside 7,

Shenango 1

Shenango couldn’t keep up with defending state champion Riverside on the road.

The Wildcats managed just five hits on Panthers’ starter Blaise McCarty in the Section 5-AA battle. Riverside (4-1, 7-2) scored its seven runs in the first four innings.

“After a 5-0 lead with a pitcher like McCarty, he’s tough to beat. They hit the ball,” Shenango coach Mike Othites said. “We made all the plays, they just hit the ball. They’re the defending state champions for a reason. It was pretty much the story of the game.”

Brent McCormick cracked his first home run of the season for the Wildcats (2-3, 4-4) in the sixth.

Seneca Valley 9,

New Castle 1

A five-run second inning proved too much to overcome for New Castle against visiting Seneca Valley in Section 1-AAAA.

“They started it up with two hits then we followed it up with two walks and an error,” ’Canes coach Paul Malley said. “It just put us in the hole right from the start.”

Ethan Pagley notched two hits for New Castle while Mark Graziani lined a double.

The ‘Canes (1-1, 3-4) got their only run on a wild pitch in the seventh.

Wilmington 6,

Sharon 2

The Greyhounds pulled into a four-way tie for first in District 10, Region 2-AA with a triumph at Sharon.

Travis Brumbaugh (2-0) pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs in the victory. He also had three hits, including two doubles from the leadoff spot.

Jimmy Pitzulo knocked four hits from the two-hole, all singles, and came around to score once.

Derek Nichols and Hunter Taylor drove in two runs each.

Wilmington (3-1 region, 4-1 overall) is tied with Sharon, Commodore Perry and Sharpsville in Region 2-AA.   

Boys Track

’Canes shine

New Castle had a strong showing in the second half of the Union Invitational.

The ’Canes placed second out of 11 schools with 111 1/2 points. Lakeview paced the field with 112 points. Wilmington was third with 109, followed by Neshannock (55 1/2), Shenango (44), Union (32), Laurel (25 1/2), Moniteau (25), Summit Academy (23 1/2), Mohawk (12) and Cornell (4).

Khalil Huddleston earned first in the 100 and 200 for New Castle. Teammate Mike Mazzanti also picked up a victory in the 800 and 1600.

Wilmington’s Jon Yohman set a record in the shot put with a 61-5 3/4 distance. He also led the field in the discus, while teammate Tyler Donati was best in the javelin.

Ron Davis notched the top time in the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles for fifth-place Shenango. The Wildcats also received a first-place effort from Jake Cochran in the 400.    

Zach Shasteen took home a win in the pole vault for Mohawk, Neshannock’s Robbie Kroner captured the 3200 and Joey Johnson topped the pack in the high jump for Laurel.

Girls Track

Ellwood City featured participants in the Butler Golden Tornado Invitational.

Abbey Eisenbrown finished second in the pole vault.  

Angela McCowin notched second in the high jump.

Keaton Docchio placed seventh in the 100.