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May 9, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — The bats were thundering for the Shenango High softball team yesterday.

The Lady Wildcats (14-6) scorched 16 hits en route to a 13-8 nonsection decision over Ellwood City Lincoln.

“We really hit the ball well. I thought everything offensively really clicked for us. Our bunts were down and in good positions which made it tough on the defense. We battled at the plate,” Shenango coach Amy Delaney said. “The girls were really disciplined and definitely approached the plate really well.”

Leadoff hitter Alyssa White got the Lady Wildcats’ offense going, contributing three hits, including two on bunts, a walk and swiping two bases. She came around to score three times.

Alexea Owrey was another significant contributor in a three-hit performance. She slapped a double and drove in three from the third spot in the order.

However, none were able to match Kim Burdett. Shenango’s slugger crushed her fourth home run of the season, also picking up a double, single and four RBIs.

“She was hitting ropes all day,” Delaney said. “She was just hitting line drive after line drive.”

With the Lady Wildcats winning 7-1 in the fifth, what seemed like a potential mercy rule game turned into a contest after the Lady Wolverines notched six runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it.

Errors led to three unearned runs charged against Shenango starter Macy Rubin (14-6), who went all seven innings, issuing eight hits, eight runs — five earned — and seven strikeouts.

Mallory Swogger knocked two singles for Ellwood (5-9). Reed Kegel plated two runners and a double. Amanda Stiles also drove in two.

The Lady Wildcats kept their resolve — something they’ll need for a playoff run next week — answering with four in the sixth and two in the seventh.

“It was a long game,” Delaney said. “I told them we can’t let teams back in games. The only way we were going to win is if we kept attacking the ball. I thought it was a good way to end the regular season. It was a good win to put on our resume against Ellwood City. They’re always a tough opponent.”

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