New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The bats were working for the Mohawk and Laurel high school softball teams yesterday.
The Lady Warriors were able to get a little more production, though, to earn the win.
Mohawk pounded out 12 hits, which included a fourth-inning grand slam from Jaki Bender, to post a 12-6 WPIAL Section 5-AA road win over the Lady Spartans.
“Jaki has been hitting the ball hard for us,” Lady Warriors coach Pam Beatty said. “It’s been fly balls right at somebody a lot with Jaki, but she’s been getting better and better. That homer was good for us.
“The hitting as a team has been big; we’re a hitting team. We just haven’t been able to string them together. We scored in all but two innings and that was big.”
Bender’s homer was her first of the year.
The win pulls the Lady Warriors (6-1 section, 7-1 overall) a half-game behind section-leading Riverside (6-0, 6-0). The teams meet on the Lady Panthers’ home field at 4 p.m. today.
Riverside won the previous meeting, 9-5, on Monday.
“You can always look at the standings, but you have to come ready to play every game,” Beatty said. “We scored runs against them and we were glad about that. But they were getting hits and we have to change some things up for the rematch.”
Laurel’s Ellen Shaffer had two hits, including a fourth-inning grand slam of her own. Makenna Natale belted a solo homer in the second inning for the hosts. The Lady Spartans (2-5, 2-6) notched seven hits.
The home runs were the first of the year for both Shaffer and Natale.
“Once Jaki hit that grand slam, we were down 8-1,” Lady Spartans coach Lori Krol said. “Very easily our girls could have given up and laid down, but they didn’t.
“Ellen came up and hit that grand slam and got us right back in the game. We just have to keep plugging away and the wins will come.”
Bender (7-1) earned the win. Bender tossed seven innings, allowing seven hits and six runs — five earned — with five walks and two strikeouts.
“Jaki has been pitching well,” Beatty said. “It’s hard with our schedule this year, it’s our third game of the week, we seem to have had weeks like this because of the weather. It’s hard on a pitcher to do. We’ve been going with her strictly out there.”
Haley Sainato, Shelby Brown, Hannah Morrow and Cara Trotter posted two hits each for Mohawk. Trotter knocked in a pair of runs.
Kristan Fedrizzi took the loss. Fedrizzi (1-3) worked three innings, giving up seven hits and eight runs — six earned — with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Lady Warriors tallied four runs each in the second and third innings, while plating solo markers in the fifth and sixth innings. They added two more in the seventh.
The Lady Spartans scored a run in the second, four in the fourth and one in the sixth.
“Mohawk is a good, solid team. It’s nice to be in this section where there is a lot of good competition,” Krol said. “I’m extremely proud of the girls. We’re improving every game and you can see it.
“I keep telling them to keep the faith, it will come and they’re believing it. All of our girls are hitting; they just keep battling. It’s a matter of making the balls drop in.”
Western Beaver 4
The Lady Wildcats didn’t get caught looking ahead in posting a Section 4-A home win over Western Beaver.
Alyssa White, Alexa Owrey, Jenna DeLuca and Megan Gecina notched two hits each for Shenango (6-2, 7-5), which rolled up 11 hits. Taylor Biddle and Kim Burdett knocked in three runs apiece.
“It was another good section win for us,” Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney said.
The win sets up a showdown with second-place South Side Beaver (7-1, 7-1) at 4 p.m. today on the Lady Rams’ home field. South Side Beaver rallied for an 8-6 win over Shenango, which is just a game back of the Lady Rams, in the first meeting.
“That’s a big game,” Delaney said of today’s matchup. “The last two years we’ve split with them.
“We need to go in with the mentality that we really need to get a win. It’s a good test for us and we have to play a flawless game. A team like South Side Beaver will jump on any mistakes.”
Today’s game will be the seventh meeting between the teams in the last three years including playoffs. The games have been decided by a total of seven runs. The first meeting this year is the only matchup in that stretch that was decided by more than one run.
Shenango scored two runs in the first and seven more in the fourth to record the win yesterday. The Lady Golden Beavers (3-5, 3-5) plated solo runs in the first and fifth innings, while adding two more in the seventh.
“We really started driving the ball and attacking at the plate,” Delaney said of the fourth inning. “I thought as the game went on, we got better at the plate.
“We kept telling them they were going to the plate looking to make contact. We were telling them to look to drive the ball.”
Macy Rubin (7-5) picked up the victory. Rubin pitched seven innings, giving up six hits and four runs — two earned — with two walks and seven strikeouts.
“I thought Macy pitched a good game. She looked very comfortable in the circle,” Delaney said.
Jimmy Pitzulo started on the hill and gave the Greyhounds a strong outing in a District 10, Region 2-AA home win over Mercer.
Pitzulo (1-0) pitched six innings, scattering 10 hits and allowing three runs — one earned — with no walks and a strikeout. Travis Brumbaugh pitched the seventh to earn his first save. He retired the side in order, all on strikeouts.
“Jimmy threw the ball well all day and gave our team a chance to win,” Wilmington coach Garett Malinak said.
Ryan Brumbaugh paced the Greyhounds (4-2, 5-2) with three hits. Davis Smith and Travis Brumbaugh delivered two hits.
The Lancers dropped a 4-1 Section 2-AA road decision to Beaver.
The loss drops Neshannock (6-4, 8-4) to sole possession of third place.
Following are the results:
Beaver 4, Neshannock 1
1. Connor Subercross (B) def. Max Watters 6-0, 6-0.
2. Jimmy Covatto (B) def. Joe Bullano 6-3, 6-1.
3. Jack Kroger (B) def. Nick Hautala 6-1. 6-2.
1. Mike Maciarello/Connor Richards (N) def. Jake Lewis/Jesse Weber 3-6, 6-0, 6-2..
2. Devin Dikec/Jon Tetrick (B) def. Nick Montini/Mitch Cialella 6-4, 6-4.