By Andrew Petyak and Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The Neshannock High softball team picked up right where it left off.
Madison Shaffer, Jamie Graziani and Katie Burrelli propelled the Lady Lancers to an 18-1 WPIAL Section 4-A season-opening home win over Quigley Catholic yesterday. The game was stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule.
Neshannock is the defending PIAA Class AA champions. The Lady Lancers, who were 24-1 last year, moved down to Class A this year.
Shaffer earned the win, pitching two innings. She allowed no hits, while striking out five batters and walking none.
Graziani and Burrelli registered three hits and three RBIs apiece for Neshannock.
The Lady Lancers scored eight runs in the first and 10 more markers in the second. They pounded out 16 hits.
“The girls looked pretty good for the first time out,” Neshannock coach Tracy Kimmel said. “We hit the ball pretty well and pitched pretty well. It’s what you’re looking for.”
Laurel finally hit the field, but with mixed results. The Lady Spartans made three errors, but struck out just four times as a team, in a Section 5-AA season-opening road loss to Beaver.
“Considering this was the first time we were on a field this year, we’ve been practicing in a gym and on the parking lot, I thought we played pretty well,” Laurel coach Lori Krol said. “I think we just need to be more aggressive at the plate.
“We did put the ball in play, but it was right at the defense. The errors go with the fact that we haven’t played outside. As we continue to get the playing experience, we’re going to improve considerably.”
Makenna Natale took the loss, tossing 5 1/3 innings. Natale gave up five hits and six runs — five earned — with five walks and five strikeouts.
Kristan Fedrizzi had two hits for the Lady Spartans.
Laurel scored both of its runs in the top of the first. The Lady Bobcats (1-0, 2-0) answered with two runs each in the first, fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
Central Valley 13,
New Castle 3
Early-inning errors proved too difficult to overcome in New Castle’s nonsection loss at Central Valley.
The Red Hurricane (1-1) allowed six unearned runs through the first three innings, while errors contributed to a six-run fifth inning. The ’Canes committed six errors and seven of Central Valley’s 13 runs were unearned.
Sean Coyne (0-1) went three innings and surrendered five runs — two earned — on four hits to take the loss.
The Warriors (2-1) stifled the New Castle offense in limiting it to four singles. Mark Grazini, Julian Cox and Coyne picked up an RBI each in the fifth inning.
Robert Suter struck out seven and surrendered three runs through five innings for the victory.
Grim, Zagotti excel
Lucas Grim and John Zagotti captured four events to lead Mohawk over visiting Western Beaver, 128-22.
Grim paced the field in the 400 and 800 and finished on the first-place relay teams for the 1600 and 3200.
Zagotti came through in the field events, earning the top distances for the high jump, triple jump and long jump. He also collected a team victory in the 400 relay.
Lancers top Scotties
Neshannock edged visiting Union, 75-65.
Matt Turner notched two victories in the 1600 and 3200 to lead the Lancers.
The Scotties received a solid performance from Malik Williams, who nabbed wins in the 400, triple jump, and the 1600 relay. Tyrone May also contributed to the 1600 victory and was the winner in the 100.
The Wolverines won just three events in dropping a 106-43 home verdict to Beaver.
Lady Warriors roll
Mohawk couldn’t be stopped en route to a home win over Western Beaver.
Five Lady Warriors picked up multiple victories — Cory Mitchell, Lyly Truong, Mackenzie Moon, Maria Fleck and Paige Ruby.
Mitchell earned first in the 100 and 200 while Truong was a 400 winner and a member of the winning 1600 relay team. Moon captured the top spot in the 800 and 3200, and Fleck took over the hurdles in the 100 and 300. Ruby notched victories in the shot put and discus.
The Lady Lancers claimed victory in 11 events in an 80-59 decision over visiting Union.
Imari Gates, Tiffany Nuzzo, Stephanie Paras, Sydney Slingluff and Gianna Serignese were double winners for Neshannock.
Gates finished first in the 100 and 400 relay and Nuzzo held the top time in the 400 and 1600 relay. Paras was victorious in the 400 relay and 200, and Slingluff was a member of both the 400 relay and 1600 relay. Serignese topped the field in the high jump and was part of the 400 relay.
Emily Kwolek grabbed three events for Union in the 300 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
Lady Wolverines lose
Angela McCowin claimed three wins for Ellwood City Lincoln in a 97-53 home loss to Beaver.
McCowin scored wins in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the high jump.
The Lancers cruised to a 4-1 Section 2-AA home win over Ellwood City at the North Beaver Tennis Center.
Joe Bullano (No. 2) and Nick Hautala (No. 3) earned singles wins for Neshannock (1-2, 1-2).
The doubles teams of Mike Maciarello/Connor Richards (No. 1) and Nick Montini/Mitch Cialella also captured victories for the Lancers.
Matt Barnes won the lone match for the Wolverines at No. 1 singles.
Following are the results:
Neshannock 4, Ellwood City 1
1. Matt Barnes (EC) def. Max Watters 6-1, 6-1.
2. Joe Bullano (N) def. Michael Brown 6-2, 6-3.
3. Nick Hautala (N) def. Beau Ewing 6-4, 6-4.
1. Mike Maciarello/Connor Richards (N) def. Matthew Maielli/Chris Salen 6-1, 6-1.
2. Nick Montini/Mitch Cialella (N) def. Ollie Dorer/Travis Covert 6-3, 6-0.
1. Nik Bentkowski (N) won 6-0.
2. Tyler Voland (N) won 6-0.
3. Logan Nawrocki (N) won 6-2.
4. Casey Getic/Josh Voland (N) won 6-0.