New Castle News


April 3, 2012

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NEW CASTLE — The Ellwood City Lincoln High baseball team started off section play in a big way yesterday.

The Wolverines banged out 15 hits as a team and two pitchers combined to handcuff Mohawk in an 11-1 WPIAL Section 5-AA victory at Ellwood’s Ewing Park.

“It was a nice win, but we still have a lot of work ahead,” Ellwood City coach Jeff Fotia said.

The Wolverines (1-0 section, 5-0 overall) are off to their best start in more than a decade.

Matt Germanoski, Greg Linn, Anthony Carusone and Justin Vetica recorded two hits each for the Wolverines. Linn knocked in a pair of runs.

Carusone (1-0) started and earned the win. He worked three innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run with a walk and three strikeouts.

Vince Magnifico came in for Carusone and tossed three innings, surrendering three hits and no runs with no walks and four strikeouts.

“The good thing about it from today is we have all our pitching for Wednesday,” Fotia said. “Our pitchers did what they had to do.”

Fotia was pointing to tomorrow’s key section road clash against Shenango (1-0, 3-2).

Tyler Rader and Frank Shaffer posted two hits each for the Warriors.

Aaron DeSantis started and suffered the loss. DeSantis pitched two innings, allowing six hits and five runs — four earned — with three walks and a strikeout.

“DeSantis was pitching to contact,” Mohawk coach Kevin Sapp said. “I don’t expect him to be a strikeout pitcher, but he can definitely get strikeouts.”

Mohawk (0-1, 1-4) scored a run in the top of the first, but Ellwood City answered with three in the first, two in the second and two more in the third. Three Warriors errors helped extend innings for Ellwood City.

“That’s a tough way to open section play, against a good team like Ellwood,” Sapp said. “It’s never easy going up against them.

“You can’t give them extra outs. Any time you give a team like that extra outs it will haunt you.”

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