New Castle News

April 2, 2014

Spring Sports: A roundup of action from April 1

By Staff
New Castle News

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.”

Reynolds 5,

Wilmington 4

The Raiders tallied a marker in the bottom of the seventh with one out to rally for a District 10, Region 2-AA home win over Wilmington.

The game was tied at 4 heading to the last of the seventh.

Travis Brumbaugh started for the Greyhounds (0-1, 0-1), but didn’t factor in the decision. Brumbaugh pitched five innings, allowing one hit and three runs — one earned — with three walks and three strikeouts.

Nate Anthony suffered the loss in relief. Anthony tossed 1 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and two runs — both earned — with a walk and no strikeouts.

“The game was very close the entire way,” Wilmington coach Garett Malinak said. “Our kids played very hard and just came up short in the end.

“Our pitching was very good today, but we made too many mental and physical mistakes to get the win.”

Ambridge 10,

New Castle 5

The Red Hurricane struggled to string together any offense off Bridgers pitcher Matt Cunningham in the nonsection home setback.

New Castle (3-2) managed just four hits off Cunningham, who went five innings and allowed four runs to record the win for Ambridge.

The Bridgers jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the third inning and the ’Canes battled back to within 7-4 after five innings. Ambridge slammed the door with three runs in the sixth inning.

Joe Gunn and Gino Quahliero each singled twice for New Castle, while Rob Mielcusney suffered the loss. He allowed five runs on two hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Western Beaver 13,

Union 1

The Golden Beavers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back.

The Section 3-A matchup was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.

The Scotties (0-1, 0-3) found themselves in a 12-0 hole before Logan Schuller’s RBI single drove in Cody Smith in the bottom of the third.

Western Beaver added an insurance run in the fourth and finished with 14 hits.

Smith and Jacob Jendrysik posted two hits each for Union.

Devan Schuller gave up eight runs on four hits and three walks in just 2/3 of an inning for Union.


Shenango 19,

Rochester 0

The Lady Wildcats scored 19 runs in the first inning in a Section 4-A home win over Rochester.

The game was stopped after 2 1/2 innings because of the mercy rule.

Shenango (2-0, 2-1) banged out 12 hits in the win.

Alexa Owrey had three hits and four RBIs to lead the Lady Wildcats, while Taylor Biddle notched three hits and a pair of RBIs. Alyssa White tallied two hits and two RBIs, and Kim Burdett knocked in three runs.

Burdett posted a home run for Shenango. The homer, her first of the season, was a three-run shot.

“The offense really opened up today,” Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney said. “We were really hitting some hard shots.

“We were hitting legit base hits. We had several doubles and triples. I was pleased with how the girls were attacking the pitching. The approach at the plate was very good today.”

Macy Rubin (2-1) earned the win. She started and pitched the first two innings. Rubin didn’t allow a hit, walking none and striking out four.

Jacqui Baker tossed a scoreless inning in relief for the Lady Wildcats. Baker gave up two with hits no walks and three strikeouts.

Neshannock 21,

Aliquippa 0

No other information was reported.

Wilmington 13,

Saegertown 1

The Lady Greyhounds slugged three home runs in a nonregion home win over Saegertown.

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

“We’re being a little more patient at the plate,” said second-year Wilmington coach Tom Reed. “I’m very pleased with the power; it was just our day.”

The Lady Greyhounds (2-0) scored nine runs in the first and four more in the third.

Saegertown notched its lone run in the fourth.

Kayleigh Shenker (2-0) picked up the win. Shenker pitched all five innings, giving up three hits and one unearned run with a walk and six strikeouts.

“I thought Kayleigh mixed her pitches up well,” Reed said.

Alexis Donati delivered three hits and five RBIs for Wilmington and Chelsea Rogel contributed two hits and a pair of RBIs.

Donati smacked a three-run homer in the first inning. Rogel added a two-run homer in the first frame. Courtney Cohen collected a three-run blast in the third inning, finishing with three RBIs. It was the first homer of the season for the trio.

Riverside 8,

Laurel 7 (9 innings)

The Lady Spartans’ ninth-inning rally fell short in a Section 5-AA home loss to Riverside.

Laurel (0-2, 0-2) had the bases loaded with one out and a run in already to close the deficit to 8-7. But a line drive to shortstop resulted in a game-ending double play.

“This is a different year and a different team,” Lady Spartans coach Lori Krol said. “We kept battling. We kept exchanging leads. We just battled back and battled back.

“They had one or two more key hits than we did. We didn’t finish (yesterday), but we were close and we hung in there. The hits are going to keep falling. We just have to keep playing good defense.”

The Lady Panthers (3-0, 3-0) scored two runs in the second, two in the third, one in the sixth, one in the seventh and two more in the ninth.

Laurel tallied solo runs in the second and third innings before plating four in the fourth and one more in the ninth.

Kristan Fedrizzi (0-2) started and took the loss. She pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs — six earned — with two walks and 11 strikeouts.

“I thought Kristan pitched a heck of a game,” Krol said.

Fedrizzi, Makenna Natale and Delaney Baumis posted two hits each for the Lady Spartans. Baumis knocked in three runs as well. Laurel finished with 11 hits.

Beaver Falls 5,

Mohawk 3

The Lady Warriors dropped a Section 5-AA home decision to Beaver Falls.

Mohawk (1-3, 1-3) scored single runs each in the second, third and seventh innings. The Lady Tigers (1-1, 1-2) countered with two markers in the fourth and three in the sixth.

Tristan Voss paced the Lady Warriors with three hits, including her first home run of the season. Her dinger was a solo shot in the second inning. 

Leah Woytek added two hits and three RBIs.

Jaki Bender (1-2) took the loss. Bender went the distance, giving up eight hits and five runs — three earned — with eight strikeouts and no walks.

“Jaki is pitching well,” Mohawk coach Pam Beatty said. “We just have to finish. We’re young, we’ll learn how to do that.”

Central Valley 6,

New Castle 1

The Lady ’Canes managed just five hits in a Section 1-AAA home loss to Central Valley.

“It was great to be outside,” New Castle coach Leah Ann Williams said. “I’m disappointed we couldn’t string some hits together for some runs, though.”

Alyea Cioffi paced New Castle (0-1, 1-1) with two hits.

Carley Aven (1-1) took the loss. Aven tossed seven innings, giving up nine hits and six runs — four earned — with four walks and eight strikeouts.

The Lady Warriors (1-1, 1-1) scored a run each in the first two innings before adding two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

The Lady ’Canes scored their run in the third.

New Castle lost the JV game, 10-8. Allie DoVidio pitched and had two hits for the Lady ’Canes.

Union 15,

Quigley Catholic 0

The Lady Scots delivered first-year coach Anthony Conforti his first win with the nonsection road victory.

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

Union (1-2, 1-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first, tacked on five runs in the third and fourth innings and capped the scoring with two tallies in the fifth.

“It’s exciting,” Conforti said. “I’m happy for our whole team. It’s a good win for us. We finally started to hit the ball. Getting a game in today helped everybody. Everybody got in and played whether it was to run, bat or play in the field.”

Jaynna Johnston and Skylar Thompson paced the Lady Scots’ offense with two hits and two RBIs apiece. Rachel Gaidis plated three runs and Hannah Booth drove in two more runs.

Union also worked Adasia Vukovan for nine free passes and recorded 10 hits.

“Walks are like a hit,” Conforti said. “We had a lot of good at-bats. I was very happy. They weren’t chasing bad pitches.

“I told the girls before the game that they don’t even know the ability they have to play this game. They have to start believing in themselves. They’re all athletes. All 17 are. They just have to believe in themselves. They’ve just started to scratch the surface.”

Ariel Junkin limited Quigley to just two hits and struck out 10 over five innings to secure the win.

“She was hitting her spots,” Conforti said. “It’s important for her to get her confidence up. She pitched very well today.”

Boys track

Fazio, Kroner pace Lancers

Rocco Fazio and Robbie Kroner each won three events to help Neshannock post an 88-58 win over host Union.

Fazio registered wins in the 100, 200 and 400 relay, while Kroner was victorious in the 800, 3200 and 3200 relay.

Curtis Caughey (shot put, discus), Cole Keister (300 hurdles, 1600 relay), Nathanael Salvatore (400, 1600 relay), Brady Stewart (long jump, 1600 relay) and James Thomas (110 hurdles, triple jump) were double winners for the Scotties.

Greyhounds cruise

Cody Cooper scored four victories to pace visiting Wilmington to the 88-61 win over Mercer.

Cooper topped the 200, 400, 1600 relay and the 3200 relay.

Girls track

Neshannock wins

Maria DeLuca and Chandler Moorhouse captured three events each as the Lady Lancers rolled past Union, 113-33.

DeLuca finished in first in the 100, the triple jump and the 400 relay, while Moorhouse won the 800, the 1600 relay and the 3200 relay.

Abbey Kerr topped the 300 hurdles and Christina Noble won the javelin for the lone Lady Scots’ victories.

Wilmington rolls

Hannah Drake and Rikki Brumbaugh each collected four victories to lead the Lady Greyhounds to a 97-53 triumph over host Mercer.

Drake won the long jump, triple jump, the 1600 relay and the 3200 relay, while Brumbaugh registered first place finishes in the 1600, 3200, the 1600 relay and the 3200 relay.