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April 29, 2013

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NEW CASTLE — The Shenango High baseball team remained alive in playoff contention.

The Wildcats rallied from a five-run deficit Saturday to knock off visiting Ellwood City Lincoln in WPIAL Section 5-AA action, 9-8.

Shenango (5-5 section, 8-6 overall) moved 1 1/2 games behind third-place Laurel (6-3, 6-5) for the final playoff berth out of the section. Neshannock (6-4, 9-4) is just a half-game behind the Spartans. The Wildcats were down 8-3 going to the bottom of the fifth.

“Essentially you lose one more, and you’re out of it. We’re going one game at a time,” Wildcats coach Mike Othites said. “I think our attitude is pretty good.”

Trailing 2-0 through two innings, Shenango (5-5, 8-6) picked it up offensively with a run in the third and two runs in the fourth.

The Wolverines (3-7, 4-11) howled back in the fifth with six runs, aided by fielding errors from the Wildcats.

Seth Mley, Justin Vetica, Anthony Joseph and Joseph Ioanilli collected two hits for Ellwood. Vetica added three RBIs while Ioanilli had two.  

“We’ve been putting up big numbers offensively lately and we’re getting better,” Wolverines coach Jeff Fotia said.

Down but not out, the Wildcats picked up two runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to earn the victory.

Evan Kendall knocked a bases loaded two-RBI single in the final frame to make the deficit one. Kendall was one of two Shenango players with two hits and two RBIs, with Rob Montanari and Anthony Prestopine being the others. Greg DePorzio also notched two of the team’s 10 hits.  

An intentional walk of Sam Sibeto led to a game-winning RBI by Prestopine.

“Sometimes we don’t make the plays we need to make or the hits we need to make,” Othites said. “One thing we’ve never done is quit.”  

James Brown (1-0) earned the win in relief, allowing one hit and two walks through 2 1/3 innings.

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