Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Shelby Brown delivered in the clutch for the Mohawk High softball team.
Brown doubled in Haley Sainato with the game-winning run with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 4-3 WPIAL Section 5-AA home win over New Brighton. It was the first home game for the Lady Warriors on their new field, which is located at the high school.
Sainato led off the eighth with a bunt single and took second on a passed ball. Brown followed with the game-winning hit.
Brown and Leah Woytek had two hits each for the winners. Woytek knocked in two runs as well.
The Lady Warriors (4-0 section, 4-0 overall) trailed 3-0 in the first inning. Mohawk rallied with two runs in the fifth and another marker in the sixth.
“That was a big victory; it was just a good win,” Lady Warriors coach Pam Beatty said. “It took us a while to get started.
“We were facing a good pitcher. It took us a while to catch up to her. But we stuck together and finished up strong.”
Jaki Bender (4-0) picked up the win. Bender went the distance, surrendering seven hits and three runs — one earned — with three walks and six strikeouts.
Mohawk had seven hits.
The Lady Lions are 1-2, 5-2.
Western Beaver 0
Madison Shaffer was untouchable for Neshannock in a Section 4-A home victory over Western Beaver. The game was stopped in the fifth because of the mercy rule.
Shaffer (4-0) went the whole way to earn the win. She didn’t allow a hit, walking one and striking out eight. She hit a batter as well.
Rayanna Furst paced the Lady Lancers (4-0, 4-0) with three hits and two RBIs, while Jamie Graziani, Marissa DeMatteo and Shaffer added two each.
Alexandra Fischer knocked in two runs.
Neshannock, which is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class A by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, scored four runs in the first, five in the third and five more in the fourth. The Lady Lancers won the PIAA championship last year.
Gina Gaibis got the Lady Scots off to a strong start in a Section 4-A home win over Rochester.
Gaibis swatted a two-run homer in the first inning, her first blast of the season, as Union (3-0, 3-0) built a 3-0 lead in the frame.
“It was a little bit sloppy, but I was happy with the win,” Lady Scots coach Gary Trimble said. “Rochester is a big rivalry for us. We’re always playing big games against them and I’m always happy to get a win against then. I’m happy for the kids.”
Johnna Johnston and Allison Bertolino recorded two hits each for Union. Hannah Booth drove in two runs for the winners.
Ariel Junkin (3-0) earned the win, pitching seven innings. Junkin gave up seven hits and three runs — all earned — with three walks and six strikeouts.
The Lady Rams cut the deficit to 3-1 in the top of the fourth, but Union put three more runs up in the bottom half for a 6-1 buffer. Rochester scored two more runs in the seventh.
The Lady Scots had chances to break the game open early, but didn’t capitalize. Union had the bases loaded in the second and third innings, but didn’t score either time.
“When you leave runners on and blow scoring opportunities, sometimes they come back to bite you. But it didn’t this time,” Trimble said. “This was a good game for us; we won a closer game.
“With the tough games we have coming up, we have three really good teams to play this week, it’s good to be able to play in those pressure circumstances.”
The Lady Scots play at South Side Beaver today, home to Shenango tomorrow and at Neshannock on Thursday.
New Castle 6,
Alyea Cioffi pitched and batted the Lady ’Canes to a Section 1-AAA home win over Blackhawk.
Cioffi (2-1) earned the win. She started and pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and no runs with a walk and a strikeout.
Cioffi delivered a clutch two-run double in the fifth inning to lift New Castle (1-2, 2-4) to a 5-2 lead.
Carley Aven notched her first save. Aven tossed 3 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and two runs — one earned — with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
“Alyea really stepped it up. She not only pitched well, but she had a big double,” New Castle coach Leah Ann Williams said. “I’m very pleased with Aven pitching well in relief. Blackhawk is very good. I just had a feeling it was time for a switch and it ended up being a good move.”
The Lady ’Canes had five hits as a team.
“We had very timely hits and we only had three strikeouts,” Williams said. “We really hit the ball hard.
“I was very impressed with the defense, too. We really played well in the field. It was a very good game by us.”
New Castle plated two runs in the third and four more in the fifth. Blackhawk scored a run in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Beaver Falls 13,
The Lady Spartans committed five errors in a Section 5-AA home loss to Beaver Falls.
“We hit the ball really well; the best we’ve hit all year,” Laurel coach Lori Krol said. “Our defense, we just have to shore up our defense. A lot of those errors came from our inexperience.
“We’re only going to keep improving. I was really proud of how we played. We played hard and with positive attitudes.”
Lauren Boston and Ellen Shaffer paced Laurel (0-3, 0-3) with three hits each. Makenna Natale and Kristan Fedrizzi added two apiece for the hosts.
Delaney Baumis drove in two runs for the Lady Spartans.
Natale (0-2) suffered the loss. She tossed seven innings, giving up 13 hits and 13 runs — nine earned — with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Lady Tigers (2-1, 2-1) scored four runs in the first, four in the fifth and five more in the seventh. Laurel tallied two runs in the second, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Central Valley 10,
Central Valley capped the game with a five-run fifth inning in a nonsection home win over Union. The game was stopped in the fifth because of the mercy rule.
The Scotties (1-2) managed just two hits, one single each by Wayne Seamans and Devan Schuller.
Carrington Bell (0-1) suffered the loss. Bell worked four innings, giving up six hits and five runs — three earned — with four walks and one strikeout.
“Carriington Bell didn’t pitch bad,” Union coach Mark Stanley said. “It’s pitching, fielding and hitting. Two out of those three things we’re not doing well right now.
“We have to field it better and hit it better. I’ve been pleased with our pitching.”
The Class AAA Warriors scored a run in the first, three in the second and one more in the third to set up the fifth frame.
Track and field
Yohman wins pair
Wilmington’s Jon Yohman won two events at the South Hills Classic hosted by Baldwin. There were no team scores.
Yohman won the discus (164-1/2) and the shot put (59-0).
Hannah Drake was second in the long jump (17-1/2) and first in the triple jump (34-4).
Slavi Pontius placed second in the high jump 6-2) and Tyler Donati was second in the javelin (173-3).
Julie Falvo took third in the discus (103-3) and fourth in the shot put (34-5). Monica Johnson captured seventh in the shot put (33-0).