NEW CASTLE —
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.