New Castle News

April 9, 2013

Spring Sports: A roundup of local action for April 9

By Ron Poniewasz Jr. and Andrew Petyak
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Shelby Brown and Haley Sainato delivered for the Mohawk High softball team yesterday.

Sainato had four hits and Brown knocked in four runs for the visiting Lady Warriors in a 10-1 nonsection win over Shenango.

Brown had one hit, which was a double.

“Haley had a big game for us and Shelby has just come through all year for us,” Mohawk coach Pam Beatty said. “It was a good game for us.

“People were hitting the ball and that’s what we need to be doing. It was good for everyone to get out and see the live pitching, especially against a good team like Shenango; they’re a good team.”

The Lady Warriors (5-0) pounded out 15 hits. Leah Woytek, Hannah Morrow, Lucia Fee and Lea Brown added two hits each for Mohawk.

Jaki Bender (5-0) went the distance to earn the win. Bender allowed five hits and an earned run with no walks and nine strikeouts.

“Jaki threw strong and that was a good positive for us,” Beatty said.

Kim Burdett notched a pair of singles for the Lady Wildcats (3-4).

Macy Rubin (3-4) suffered the loss. Rubin pitched seven innings, giving up 15 hits and 10 runs — six earned — with no walks and six strikeouts.

“We always know it will be a good game with Mohawk,” said Shenango coach Amy Delaney of scheduling the Class AA school. “They’re a good team and a good-hitting team.

“We didn’t come out with any intensity or fire. You can’t do that against a team like Mohawk.”

Wilmington 7,

Grove City 0

Abby Sotter tossed her second straight shutout to lift Wilmington a nonregion road win over Grove City.

Sotter (4-0) went the whole way, allowing four hits with a walk and 11 strikeouts.

Alexis Donati posted three hits for the Lady Greyhounds (4-0), while Cassidy Marett and Kristen Klein added two hits each. Donati drove in two runs as well.

“The pitching has been great,” first-year Wilmington coach Tom Reed said. “She’s been in full command and she’s been hitting her spots.

“We just have to learn to be patient at the plate.”

The Lady Greyhounds scored a run in the third, three in the second, two in the third and one in the sixth.

Wilmington beat Slippery Rock, 15-0, on Saturday.

South Side Beaver 10,

Union 0

Union dropped its first decision of the season in a loss at South Side Beaver in Section 4-A.

The Lady Scots (3-1, 3-1) struggled at the plate and on the mound and didn’t get past the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.

Lady Rams pitcher Michelle Klein kept the Union hitters off balance in allowing just two hits and striking out eight.

“Things just didn’t go very well for us. We didn’t play well and South Side Beaver is a good team,” Lady Scots coach Gary Trimble said. “Their pitcher threw it very well and hard and sat us back on our heels early.”

Johnna Johnston collected the only two hits for Union, a double and a single.

Ariel Junkin (3-1) picked up her first loss of the season, giving up 12 hits, 10 runs — six earned.

“We made a few errors in the field at inopportune times and they took it to us,” Trimble said. “We’re just going to hope to bounce back.”

Laurel 18,

Freedom 8

Erica Latess came to hit yesterday for the Laurel High softball team.

Latess was 4 for 4 with two home runs and five RBIs for the Lady Spartans in an 18-8 WPIAL Section 5-AA road win over Freedom. The game was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.

Latess hit both of her homers in the third inning. She tied the school record for most homers in a game, which was previously held by A.J. Beltz, according to Laurel coach Lori Krol. She’s the only player in school history to hit two homers in the same inning.

“Erica was phenomenal at the plate,” Krol said. “She swung the bat hard; she hit two rockets.

“Erica has been our leader. She’s the only senior on the team. She definitely showed her leadership today. Once she got her bat going, everyone else followed.”

The Lady Spartans (1-3 section, 1-3 overall) had 15 hits as a team. Sidney Switzer had three hits for Laurel, while Lauren Boston and Rachael Baker drove in two runs each.

“This was a great hitting game for us,” Krol said. “It was a good team effort. Switzer hit the ball real hard as well. It was a good win for us. We’ll take this win and move forward with it and ride it to more wins hopefully this week.”

Kristan Fedrizzi (1-2) earned the win, pitching five innings. Fedrizzi gave up eight hits and eight earned runs with two walks and seven strikeouts. Fedrizzi had two hits as well.

Laurel scored a run in the first, two in the second, 11 in the third, three in the fourth and five in the fifth.

The Lady Bulldogs (0-4, 0-4) tallied three markers in the first and five in the third.


Mohawk 12,

Ellwood City 11

Mohawk never gave up after falling behind by seven runs, rallying for a Section 5-AA home win over Ellwood City Lincoln.

The Warriors (1-2, 1-3) trailed 9-2 after four innings. Mohawk cut the margin to 9-7, but the Wolverines’ Dillon Horgan belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning for an 11-7 buffer.

Mohawk’s Aaron DeSantis led off the bottom of the seventh with the game tied at 11 by striking out. Luke Tyler walked and took second on Frank Shaffer’s single. John Hartzell then delivered the game-winning single, plating Tyler.

Hartzell was 1 for 1 with three walks and four RBIs. All three of Hartzell’s walks came with the bases loaded.

“It’s nice to get that first win,” Warriors coach Kevin Sapp said. “It’s a little more dramatic than any of us would have liked.

“I was really pleased with how our boys battled back. We were down 9-2 early, but I knew there was a lot of baseball left.”

The Wolverines (0-3, 1-6) have allowed double figures in runs in five of their six losses.

“That’s just where we’re at right now. We’re inexperienced and we have an inexperienced pitching staff,” Ellwood coach Jeff Fotia said. “There’s nothing you can do about this loss.

“The pitching has to get more solid. Offensively, we scored 11 runs and lost the ballgame. That’s not characteristic of what we do here. There’s no excuses. We’re just not getting it done on the mound.”

Mohawk managed just seven hits and struck out 11 times. But the Warriors walked 13 times.

“We made the most out of our seven hits, that’s for sure,” Sapp said.

Tanner Walsh, Austin Richard, Joe Ioanilli, Horgan and Colin Roth notched two hits each for Ellwood. Horgan, Seth Mley and Ioanilli knocked in two runs each for the guests.

 Shaffer and Tyler Powers supplied two hits apiece for Mohawk. Tyler Rader plated three runs for the winners and Powers chipped in with a pair.

Aaron DeSantis (1-1) picked up the win, pitching three innings. He gave up four hits and two runs — both earned — with a walk and four strikeouts.

Beaver 10,

Shenango 6

The Wildcats squandered a scoring chance in the sixth inning a Section 5-AA home loss to Beaver.

Shenango, which was trailing 8-6 in the sixth, had runners on second and third with no outs. But the Wildcats, despite some hard hit balls, couldn’t get any runs across.

Shenango, which made three errors in the game, trailed 5-0 going to the bottom of the first inning.

“It wasn’t as if we didn’t make any mistakes,” Wildcats coach Mike Othites said. “It was just hit after hit in the first inning.

“This is the first game we had a couple of errors that cost us, too. You can’t give a team like Beaver five runs and try to come back from that. It was one of those games; they just made good plays when they had to.”

Neshannock 9,

Beaver Falls 3

Neshannock plated six first-inning runs to take charge and knock off visiting Beaver Falls in a Section 5-AA matchup.

“It was nice to get out of the top of the first inning with nothing scored against us,” Lancers coach Mike Kirkwood said. “And it was nice to scratch out enough runs there in the first inning to build a lead.”

John Conglose (3-0) picked up the win. Conglose tossed three innings, giving up one hit and no runs with no walks and four strikeouts.

“I thought Conglose did pretty well,” Kirkwood said. “He spotted his pitches very well and he got ahead in the count.”

Ernie Burkes, Matt Cioffi and Don Colucci posted two hits each for Neshannock (2-0, 5-0), which is the two-time defending WPIAL Class A champions before moving up to double-A this year. Colucci knocked in two runs as well.

New Castle 4,

Butler 0

Adam Vastano spun a complete-game two-hit shutout to lift New Castle to a Section 1-AAAA win over Butler at Flaherty Field.

Vastano (1-1) gave up two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

“When Adam is on, he’s throwing the curve for a strike,” Red Hurricane coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “Guys were swinging and missing at it. He was beating up the strike zone. That was a tremendous job by Adam.

“The one walk is key. You can’t walk guys in high school baseball because it turns into runs.”

Julian Cox and Gary Stone paced New Castle with two hits each.

New Castle competed in Class AAA last year.

“The guys battled every out of every inning,” Malley said. “We manufactured some runs.

“It’s real big to get a section win early in the season. Every game is going to be a dog fight in this section. If you don’t play well, you can get the 10-run rule real quick against you. You have to be on top of your game real quick.”

Sharpsville 4,

Wilmington 3

Wilmington’s three-game winning streak in District 10, Region 2-AA came to an end at Sharpsville.

The game went to eight innings before reliever Davis Smith surrendered the game-winning single in the bottom of the inning.

Smith (0-1) picked up the loss, going 1 2/3 innings and allowing one earned run on three hits.

“Both teams played very well,” Greyhounds coach Garett Malinak said. “In the end, we were not able to come up with a timely hit and Sharpsville was able to do so. Our kids played hard and we will continue to work hard to become better.”

Ryan Brumbaugh started for Wilmington (3-1, 3-1) and left with a no-decision after six innings and three earned runs on seven hits.

Derek Nichols recorded two hits and scored two runs for the Greyhounds.

Riverside 13,

Laurel 2

Mental lapses told the tale in Laurel’s home loss to Riverside in Section 5-AA action.  

Four errors by the Spartans (1-2, 1-3) on misplayed groundballs and poor throws led to eight runs for the Panthers in the third. Riverside (2-1, 5-2) scored five in the fifth to force the mercy rule.  

“It was one of those games where we didn’t show up. We weren’t mentally or physically ready to play,” Laurel coach Eric Verdi said. “I wish I could pinpoint one thing. We’re going to get better. We’re going to go to practice and work on the things that aren’t working for us.”

Brandon Ritchie (1-1) picked up the loss after 2 1/3 innings and five runs, three earned runs, two strikeouts and two walks. He also socked a two-run home run, his first of the season, and one of only three hits for the Spartans.  

“I took Brandon out after we started making errors around him left and right,” Verdi said. “We gave up eight runs and the kids got a little bit defeated.”

Union 8,

Quigley Catholic 4

Clutch hits and strong pitching fueled Union to victory at Quigley Catholic.

Drew Robinson had the first pivotal hit in the Section 3-A battle, an RBI single in the fifth with two outs to give the Scotties (2-1, 2-2) a 5-4 advantage.

John Hilke extended Union’s advantage to 8-4 with a two-RBI single in the sixth to drive in Wayne Seamans and Devan Schuller.

“That breathing room kind of gives you a feeling of playing more at ease,” Scotties coach Mark Stanley said. “Any time you can extend the lead like that with your pitcher throwing the way he is, it’s a downer for the other team.”

Schuller (1-1) pitched seven innings, allowing four earned runs and he struck out 12. The Spartans (1-1, 2-1) committed seven errors in the contest which allowed Union to score four unearned runs.   

“He was locating his fastball well and throwing strikes,” Stanley said of Schuller. “Any time they’d get guys on second or third, he was able to get some big strikeouts.”

Kennedy Catholic 10,

Jamestown 0

Neshannock resident and Kennedy Catholic pitcher Scott Moore tossed a no-hitter against Jamestown.

Moore, a senior, pitched seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing one walk in his team’s 10-0 District 10, Region 1-A victory.

He will play in college for Washington & Jefferson next spring.

Boys tennis

Neshannock duo falls

The Lancers’ Max Watters and Joe Bullano competed in the WPIAL Section 2-AA Singles Tournament at Brady’s Run. Both participants lost in the quarterfinals.

Watters was seeded fifth and defeated Central Valley’s George Dietrich in the first round, 10-2. Watters lost to the No. 4 seed Damian Cicchinelli (Riverside), 10-8, in the quarterfinals.

Bullano was seeded seventh and topped Adam Calve (Riverside) in the first round, 10-7. Bullano lost to the No. 2 seed Connor Shallcroff (Beaver), 10-1 in the quarterfinals.