New Castle News
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.”
Laurel ended its season on a high note in a nonsection win at Rochester.
Kristan Fedrizzi (3-8) pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits, four earned runs, three walks and striking out a season-high nine. She also collected three hits, all singles, one run and two stolen bases.
“She pitched well. She hit her locations which is key,” Lady Spartans coach Lori Krol said. “It’s something we’ve worked on all season. She really took command.”
Laurel (4-13) responded after falling behind twice in the game. The first instance was when the Lady Rams (5-13) took a 3-0 lead after two Lady Lancers’ errors in the first inning.
Laurel bounced back in the fourth with three runs helped by Rochester errors. However, the Lady Rams again took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Spartans were able to tie it up at 5-5 heading into the final frame.
Erica Latess started the seventh-inning push with a double. It was the last hit in the senior’s high school career.
“She was our leader this year. She also led our team offensively and was also a leader on the field,” Krol said of Latess. “She’s going to be greatly missed, and it’s going to be hard to replace her.”
Latess was able to leave her mark this season, setting the team record for home runs in a season (three) and becoming the only player in school history to hit two home runs in the same inning in an 18-8 rout of Freedom.
After the Latess’ double, Makenna Natale was awarded first base after being hit by a pitch. Ellen Shaffer made Rochester pay with a two-RBI double to give Laurel its first lead of the game.
Sidney Switzer poured it on with an RBI single and Lauren Boston added another run on a fielder’s choice.
In total, the Lady Spartans collected 10 hits in the game, four of which came in a four-run seventh.
“We started off the game with those two errors in the first inning. That has been our downfall all year,” Krol said. “They got three runs, but after that, we only had one error the rest of the game. We knew we were hitting the ball, and it was only a matter of time before our hits stopped dropping.
“These girls have never given up. They’ve tried hard every game.”
Lowellville (Ohio) 7,
Johnna Johnston’s four-RBI game wasn’t enough for Union in a loss to Lowellville.
“She’s absolutely a great hitter. She just pounds the ball. She just hits line drives,” Lady Scots coach Gary Trimble said.
Johnston cranked out three hits, including two doubles and a single. Two of her RBIs came on a double in the seventh with Union attempting to dissolve a four-run deficit. Casey Brophy helped the Lady Scots’ offense with three hits, all singles, and Hannah Booth had two doubles of her own.
Lowellville High School is just across the Pennsylvania line, and Union makes it a habit to play its friendly rivals each season. Trimble just wishes it would be under better circumstances —the team ended the year with a 6-11 record.
“It just took some twists and turns. We started out good. We had a couple of injuries and tough losses hurt us,” Trimble said. “When we were healthy, we hung in there early. At the end of the year, we kind of struggled a little bit. We’re always hoping for the best for next year.”
The Lady Scots will graduate three seniors this year — Brophy, Allison Bertolino and Gina Gaibis.
Joe Salmen pitched a gem in the Scotties nonsection victory at Mohawk.
Union’s hurler shutdown the Warriors offense, limiting the opposition to six hits with two walks and six strikeouts through seven innings.
“When he takes the mound, he throws strikes and works fast,” Scotties coach Mark Stanley said. “He keeps the pace of the game going to make it easier for his fielders to make plays behind him.”
The Warriors (1-16) had a runner on second with no outs three times in the game, but failed to produce any runs.
“We didn’t capitalize on opportunities,” Mohawk coach Kevin Sapp said. “We were never able to make anything out of it. Hopefully, we can contribute that to growing pains and something we want to get better at next year.”
John Hartzell and Tyler Powers tallied two hits each for the Warriors. The team will miss the production of Hartzell as well as seniors Frankie Shaffer and Aaron DeSantis, but a few young players will look to make an impact in their place.
“We got a lot of contributions from players this year,” Sapp said. “That was one of the promising things we were remarking on. For example, Jesse Wolfe, a ninth-grader, was hitting the ball very well. As a freshman he had 30 at-bats this season and didn’t strikeout once. Guys like Stevie Hervatine and Vince Retort (both freshman) we also got strong contributions from.”
It took five innings until a dent was made in the scoreboard. Drew Robinson snapped the scoreless drought with an RBI single with two outs in the top of the fifth. Kody Smith followed with a two-run base hit to give Union a 3-0 led and all the run support Salmen (4-0) would need.
Smith grabbed another RBI in the seventh on a sacrifice squeeze.
“It was a solid performance It was just what we expect from him,” Stanley noted of Smith. “He goes out and makes plays.”
The Scotties (12-5) hope a close contest with Mohawk will pay dividends in the playoffs.
“For us, it was a tight game. You’re going to play close ones in the playoffs,” Stanley said. “This is a good test going in. In the playoffs, if you don’t pull it out, you’re done.”
The hits came in bunches for the Greyhounds in a District 10, Region 2-AA win at Hickory.
Ryan Brumbaugh had three key hits and three RBIs, including an RBI single to tie the game in the seventh. Nate Anthony also notched three hits and Jimmy Pitzulo was 2 for 3 with four RBIs.
Travis Brumbaugh knocked the go-ahead run in the seventh, as Wilmington (8-4 region, 11-4 overall) stormed back from a 10-8 deficit.
“I challenged our guys in the seventh inning,” Greyhounds coach Garett Malinak said. “They responded in a great way.”
Anthony (1-1) earned the win after 2 2/3 innings in which he held the Hornets (6-6, 8-9) scoreless on two hits. Ryan Brumbaugh closed out his third save in a scoreless seventh.
Vincentian Academy 4
Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, the Lancers continued to fight hard in a nonsection triumph over visiting Vincentian Academy.
Don Colucci (1-1) earned the win after five innings of work. He also was 2 for 4 from the plate with two RBIs and a double.
Frank Fraschetti slapped two doubles for Neshannock (12-6).