NEW CASTLE —
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.
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.”