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.