Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
The New Castle High baseball team didn’t have enough offense yesterday.
The Red Hurricane managed just six hits in a 9-3 WPIAL Section 1-AAAA loss to Fox Chapel at Flaherty Field.
New Castle (2-8 section, 5-11 overall), which never led, trailed the Foxes (6-4, 10-6) 4-0 going to the bottom of the fourth before tallying a run. Fox Chapel banged out 13 hits off the ’Canes’ Adam Vastano.
“We hit the ball a little bit (yesterday), but we didn’t get many hits,” New Castle coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “They smacked the ball around for hits.
“In high school baseball, contact doesn’t get you what it did in little league.”
Ethan Pagley paced the ’Canes with three hits and Julian Cox added a pair.
Vastano (1-4) went the distance in taking the loss. He gave up nine runs — six earned — with four walks and three strikeouts
“Adam didn’t have his best game,” Malley said. “They hit the ball pretty well off him; 13 hits is a good offensive outing.”
Jacob Pilarski earned the win. It was the second victory for Pilarski over the ’Canes. He tossed a complete game yesterday, giving up three earned runs with a walk and four strikeouts.
“Down there, we hit the ball and scored some runs off him,” Malley said. “He’s a pitch-to-contact type of pitcher. He has a 12-to-6 curveball, but he’s not overpowering.
“Pilarski beats up the strike zone. When you do that, you can be successful.”
It was the final section game of the year for New Castle, which moved up to quad-A this season. The ’Canes were in some tight section contests, including a one-run loss to second-place North Allegheny and a 7-5 setback to Fox Chapel earlier in the year.
“I knew it was going to be a tough section,” Malley said. “We competed every single game and we were right there in a couple of games.
“If we get a couple of hits here or there, who knows. This is the toughest section you’ll find and our record doesn’t show how well we played.”
New Castle completes the regular season at 4 p.m. Monday at Grove City in nonsection action.
Track and field
Wilmington sweeps field
Wilmington’s boys and girls teams each claimed the team title at the Baldwin Invitational.
The Greyhounds’ boys team won the event with 33 points, while the Lady Greyhounds paced the field with 12 1/2 markers.
“It was just a great team effort,” Wilmington coach J.R. McFarland said. “Our kids came down here to get personal bests and to prepare for the district meet and I thought they did that; the kids responded very well.”
The Greyhounds’ Jon Yohman earned two medals, including a first-place effort in the shot put. A senior, Yohman, won the shot put event with a heave of 61-5. He was second in the discus at 171-0.
Tyler Donati took second in the javelin (181-7) for the Greyhounds’ boys team and Dwight Scott was fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.57).
The Lady Greyhounds’ Julie Falvo won the discus at 123-0 and Hannah Drake was seventh in the triple jump (34-3).
’Canes fare well
New Castle’s boys team placed third with 70 points in the Pine-Richland Invitational. Canon-McMillan and Riverside both scored 71 points to tie for first.