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April 14, 2014

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NEW CASTLE — The Neshannock High softball team continued to roll Saturday.

Madison Shaffer tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout to lift the Lady Lancers to a 6-0 WPIAL Section 4-A home win over Shenango.

Neshannock (5-0 section, 5-0 overall) is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class A by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Lady Lancers are the defending WPIAL champions as well.

The Lady Wildcats (4-1, 5-2) came in ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL in Class A by the Post-Gazette.

“That’s a quality team and a quality pitcher we faced,” Neshannock coach Tracy Kimmel said. “I thought we responded well.

“It was a big game for both teams. I liked the way we played defense and I liked the way we pitched.”

Shaffer (5-0) walked one and struck out five. She added two of the Lady Lancers’ hits as well.

“I thought this was really a good game for her,” Kimmel said. “She pitched really well against Shenango.”

Said Shenango coach Amy Delaney, “Shaffer is a very good pitcher. We focused a lot on hitting the last couple of days. I thought the girls knew what they had to do at the plate. I’d like to see them be a little bit more aggressive at the plate instead of just wanting to make contact.”

Madison Altmyer contributed two hits as well for the winners.

Marissa DeMatteo knocked in three runs for Neshannock.

Macy Rubin (5-2) suffered the loss. Rubin went all six innings, giving up eight hits and six runs — two earned — with two walks and five strikeouts.

Alexa Owrey and Jacqui Baker had one single each for the Lady Wildcats.

Shenango made four errors as a team in the loss.

“We can’t beat ourselves,” Delaney said. “A lot of errors contributed to Neshannock runs being scored or allowing the inning to continue.

“We have to definitely play better defense. We have to make sure we’re making the routine plays.”

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