Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Defense fell apart yesterday for the Laurel High baseball team.
The Spartans committed seven errors in a 5-2 WPIAL Section 5-AA loss to visiting Beaver Falls.
“I told them it was like we went back in time,” Laurel coach Eric Verdi said. “I’ll take the full blame. We weren’t ready to play and my job is to get them ready to play. I will make sure it is corrected.”
The Spartans (9-5 section, 9-7 overall) took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Brandon Ritchie tripled in Josh Dando to tie the contest at 1. R.J. Stewart gave the hosts a 2-1 advantage by grounding into a fielder’s choice, plating Ritchie.
But Beaver Falls (4-10, 4-12) rallied with four runs in the seventh to earn the win. Cole Krut’s two-run single put the Tigers up for good.
Dando (4-4) took the loss, pitching 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered seven hits and five runs — two earned — with three walks and four strikeouts.
Jordan Ransom went the whole way to pick up the win, holding Laurel to three hits and an earned run with six walks and 12 strikeouts.
“The kid threw well and we didn’t make plays,” Verdi said. “Jordan pitched very well. And it was definitely by no means a good effort by our part defensively, either.”
It was the regular season finale for Laurel, which will compete in the WPIAL playoffs. The district will announce the baseball pairings Friday.
New Castle 7,
Shady Side Aca. 2
Adam Vastano pitched the Red Hurricane to a nonsection win over Shady Side Academy.
Vastano (2-4) picked up the win, tossing seven innings. He allowed seven hits and two earned runs with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Indians (12-6) scored both of their runs in the first inning before Vastano settled down.
“They came out swinging in the first inning,” New Castle coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “Adam settled in and threw well; we played good defense behind him, too.”
Sean Coyne notched two of the ’Canes’ seven hits.
“Sean did well,” Malley said. “He was back driving the ball for base hits. He finished up his career with a good game; I’m glad to see it.”
The ’Canes (6-12) scored three runs in the third and four in the fifth.
The Greyhounds scored 19 first-inning runs en route to a District 10, nonregion home win over Lakeview. The game was stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule.
Wilmington notched 13 hits in the first frame and sent 23 batters to the plate.
“This was a great hitting game for us,” Greyhounds coach Garett Malinak said. “Our kids really hit the ball hard the entire game.”
Nate Anthony was 4 for 4 with three triples and five RBIs for Wilmington. Ryan Brumbaugh, Jimmy Pitzulo and Derek Nichols added three hits each.
The Greyhounds (10-4) registered 15 hits.
Nichols (2-0) pitched all three innings, giving up seven hits and five runs — three earned — with a walk and a strikeout.
The Sailors scored all five of their runs in the first inning.
The Warriors collected just four singles in a nonsection home loss to Blackhawk.
Bryant Croach (0-3) took the loss. Croach pitched all seven innings, giving up eight hits and six runs — four earned — with three walks and three strikeouts.
“I was really happy with how Bryant pitched,” Mohawk coach Kevin Sapp said. “He had pretty good control all night.
“It was certainly something as a team and from an individual standpoint that we can hopefully build on for next year. I thought it was a nice, solid outing for him.”
The Cougars (9-6) scored two runs in each of the first, third and sixth innings.
The Warriors (1-15) scored their run in the fourth.
The Lady Greyhounds banged out 15 hits in a nonregion win over Laurel
Kayleigh Shenker (1-0) started and earned the win. Shenker pitched four innings, giving up six hits and three runs — one earned — with a walk and two strikeouts.
Alanna Elliott posted three hits for Wilmington (13-2), including a three-run homer in the fifth inning. She added four RBIs as well.
Cassidy Marett, Alexis Donati, Courtney Cohen and Aryn Boyer notched two hits each for the victors. Donati delivered two RBIs as well.
Wilmington scored four runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and another in the seventh.
Laurel posted two markers in the second, one in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Makenna Natale suffered the loss, while adding a double at the plate. Natale went five-plus innings, allowing eight hits and six runs — five earned — with three walks and two strikeouts.
Lauren Boston posted two hits for Laurel. The Lady Spartans (3-14) tallied seven hits as a team.
S.S. Beaver 4,
The Lady Rams plated the winning run in the top of the seventh in a nonsection road win over Mohawk.
South Side Beaver got a two-out single in the seventh and an error put runners at first and second. The next batter singled in the winning run.
“We picked up some games at the end of the season to give us some good competition to see what we’d do in game situations in the playoffs,” Lady Warriors coach Pam Beatty said. “They made the plays.
“We hit the ball, but some were right at people or they had a little too much air under them.”
Jaki Bender (12-3) took the loss. Bender worked seven innings, giving up six hits and four runs — two earned — with a pair of walks and five strikeouts.
Leah Woytek posted two hits for the Lady Warriors.
Mohawk (13-3) was retired in order in the seventh.
South Side Beaver (13-4) scored a run in the first, two in the third and another in the seventh.
The Lady Warriors tallied solo runs in the first, second and fifth frames.
Lady ’Hounds win title
Wilmington breezed to a 91-59 District 10, Region 1-AA victory over Lakeview. The verdict clinches a 7-0 region mark and a second straight league crown for the Lady Greyhounds.
“We lost two big point scorers through graduation in Alexis King and Mariah Burns,” Wilmington coach J.R. McFarland said. “I knew we had some big holes to fill. We had really just one senior on the team. It’s a young team.
“I really didn’t think we could win the region with such a young and inexperienced team. But the girls pulled together to win the meets. It looks like they’ll be good again next year.”
Allison Baldwin won four events for Wilmington — 400, 800, 1600 relay and the 3200 relay.
Stefan Pontius claimed both of the Greyhounds’ wins in a 108-37 loss to Lakeview.
Pontius scored wins in the 300 hurdles and the high jump.