New Castle News


April 2, 2014

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NEW CASTLE — The bats were working yesterday for the Mohawk High baseball team.

The Warriors banged out 23 hits in a 21-11 WPIAL Section 5-AA home win over Laurel yesterday.

The game was stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule.

“You can’t complain about scoring 21 runs,” Mohawk coach Kevin Sapp said. “The one thing we were talking about is we as coaches were really happy about pulling our strikeout number down each game so far.

“The hit total and run total has went up each game, too.”

Mohawk (1-0 section, 2-1 overall) trailed the Spartans (0-1, 0-3) 3-0 after a half inning. But the Warriors countered in the bottom of the frame, sending 12 batters to the plate. The Warriors tacked on eight runs in the frame.

“We got off to a little bit of an ominous start there, in the top of the first,” Sapp said. “But I couldn’t be more pleased with how we answered in the bottom of the inning.”

Laurel tied it in the top of the second with five runs and took the lead with another marker in the third. But Mohawk put the game away with a seven-run third for a 15-9 advantage.

Tyler Rader (1-0) picked up the win. Rader pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and two runs — none earned — with three strikeouts and a walk.

Joe Dantico took the loss. Dantico tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and 10 runs — all earned — with no walks and three strikeouts.

Tyler Powers and Vince Retort registered four hits each for Mohawk. Luc Tyler, Samsan Needler and Jon Higbee chipped in with three apiece. Joe Quear and Bryant Croach collected two each.

Powers belted two home runs, his first shots of the season, to go along with six RBIs. Retort drove in four runs and Quear provided three. Needler and Croach followed with two RBIs apiece.

Ray Scala, R.J. Stewart and Spencer Pullium registered two hits each for the Spartans. Nick Peluso and Pullium drove in three runs each for the guests, while Tucker Skerbetz supplied a pair.

Mohawk has two wins already after claiming just one last season.

“It’s nice to get a couple of wins back to back,” Sapp said. “It’s nice for the boys that have been putting in the time. Hopefully this is the start of something a lot bigger.

“The boys have been working hard. I’m glad that early on they’re getting rewarded for their time and hard work.”

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