New Castle News

May 6, 2013

Spring Sports: A roundup of local action for May 6

By Staff
Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Shenango High pitcher Evan Kendall was tough to solve Saturday.

Kendall tossed a complete-game shutout to lift the Wildcats to a 4-0 nonsection home baseball win over Union.

Kendall (2-2), just a freshman, gave up three hits with a walk and four strikeouts. He added two hits as well.

“Evan has been doing that all season for us,” Shenango coach Mike Othites said. “He’s pitched in some big situations for us and I’m real pleased with how he’s pitched this year.”

Othites was impressed at how well Kendall kept the Scotties (11-5) off balance.

“He doesn’t walk anyone, he throws strikes and he mixes his pitches well; that’s what he did well on Saturday,” Othites said. “Union is a good hitting team and it was a good win for us.”

Shenango tallied six hits as a team. Vince Turco posted two RBIs with a two-run double with the bases loaded in the third inning.

The Wildcats (9-9) scored a run in the first and three more in the third.

Carrington Bell took the loss. Bell worked three innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs with five walks and three strikeouts.

Playoffs on line

in Section 5-AA

Neshannock and Laurel will battle at 4 p.m. today on the Spartans’ home field for a trip to the WPIAL Class AA playoffs.

The Lancers (8-5 section, 11-5 overall), the two-time district Class A champs, moved up to double-A this season. Neshannock must win to clinch third place and a berth in the WPIAL playoffs. If Laurel (8-4, 8-6) wins, the Lancers are eliminated and the Spartans advance.

Laurel could still secure a postseason bid if Neshannock wins today by knocking off Beaver Falls (3-9, 3-11) tomorrow. If that scenario plays out, both the Spartans and Lancers would reach the WPIAL playoffs by virtue of splitting the season series.

The WPIAL is expected to announce the baseball pairings Friday.

Track and field

New Castle excels

Khalil Huddleston propelled New Castle’s boys team to third place at the Pine-Richland Invitational.

Canon-McMillan and Riverside shared the team title with 71 points apiece, while New Castle captured third with 70 markers. A total of 42 teams competed in the event.

Huddleston was named the track MVP, scoring 20 points in the invitational. He won the 100, while placing second in the 200 and competing on the second-place 400 relay team.

Mike Mazzanti broke New Castle’s school record and the Pine-Richland Invitational mark in the 800, rolling to a win in 1:56.33. Mazzanti held the school’s previous mark of 1:59.27. The invitational standard was 1:56.67.

“(Distance) coach (Jeff) Shaftic told Mike Mazzanti to get out early because the last few big meets Mike was getting boxed in,” Red Hurricane boys coach Bill Croach said. “When you get boxed in, you burn too much energy trying to get back out so their strategy was to get out of the traffic and take the lead early.

“Mike took the lead from the start and never looked back. Coach Shaftic and I are so proud of him. He works so hard and it couldn’t of happened to a better kid.”

Antonio Rudolph won the 400, placed second in the triple jump, took second in the 400 relay and was third in the 1600 relay. Rudolph just fell short of the invitational record in the 400 by .07, running a time of 50.13.

“He is so smooth when he runs,” Croach said. “Antonio will own New Castle’s 400 record by the end of the season.”

Levar Ware was fourth for the ’Canes in the javelin, Malik Hooker placed sixth in the high jump and Tevin McCaster was seventh in the 300 hurdles.

The 400 relay team of Jake McPhatter, Hooker, Rudolph and Huddleston finished second, while the 1600 relay squad of Mazzanti, Rudolph, Dom Mullins and Alex Shepherd finished third.

On the girls side, Tara Treloar broke New Castle’s school mark in the pole with an effort of 9-6. She topped her mark set last year of 9-4.