NEW CASTLE —
Western Beaver 10,
The Scotties started their Section 3-A season off on the wrong foot at Western Beaver.
Union (0-1, 0-1) was held to two hits and didn’t score against Golden Beavers starter Nick Miller.
“Nick Miller is a good pitcher,” said Mark Stanley, who was making his baseball coaching debut for the Scotties. “He’s one of the top pitchers in the section. He kept us off balance and pitched a good game. He’s one of the better pitchers we’ll see and he proved it today.”
Miller pitched a complete game shutout, issuing three walks and three strikeouts.
The Scotties allowed five errors in the contest, but it was the walks by the pitching staff that concerns their new head coach more.
“We have to pound the strike zone,” he said. “The walks were worse than the errors in the later innings.”
Devan Schuller recorded the loss after being pulled through four innings because of a pitch count. He allowed three runs —one earned —on three hits.
Western Beaver (1-0, 1-0) had three hitters with multiple hits —Steve Menich, Steve Robsin and Robert Ranone. Ranone notched a double and had two RBIs.
The Lady Wildcats opened Section 4-A play in dominant fashion.
A 13-run second inning was aided by a total of 17 walks and solid baserunning from Shenango on the road. The Lady Wildcats (1-0, 2-2) won by the mercy rule after the third inning.
“The girls did a great job baserunning and definitely took advantage of the walks from Aliquippa’s pitchers,” Shenango coach Amy Delaney said. “We were able to run the bases well once we put the ball in play.”
Shelby McCart finished 1 for 1 on offense and walked twice. She had a team-high five RBIs.
“Shelby’s been playing really well,” Delaney said. “She’s definitely been coming up big in the six spot for us. She’s definitely one that has been a nice addition to the lineup this year.”
Macy Rubin (2-2) retired all nine Lady Quips she faced, striking out eight in the win.
“For the three innings and the nine batters she faced, only one batter put the ball in play,” Delaney said. “She pitched well, I thought.
“It’s nice to open up section with a win. We’ll definitely take it.”