NEW CASTLE —
Evan Kendall helped the Shenango High baseball team regroup yesterday.
Kendall tossed a complete game to lift the Wildcats to an 8-3 WPIAL Section 5-AA road win over Ellwood City Lincoln at Ewing Park.
Shenango (5-3 section, 6-6 overall) was coming off a 17-7 road loss to Beaver the day before.
Kendall (3-2) scattered nine hits and three runs — two earned — with two walks and a strikeout.
“Evan pitched well,” Wildcats coach Mike Othites said. “He wanted the ball. He went out there and really gutted it out. I thought he got better as the game went on.”
Shenango trailed 3-0 to the Wolverines (4-5, 7-7) going to the top of the third.
“I thought the kids responded really well, especially early,” Othites said. “We started chipping away; we had a great approach at the plate.
“We strung some hits together with the walks.”
The Wildcats tied it with two runs in the third and scored three more in the fifth for a 5-3 advantage. Shenango closed it out with two tallies in the sixth and one more in the seventh.
Brent McCormick paced the Wildcats with three hits and Tyler Booher was next with two. Vince Turco paced the winners with three RBIs and McCormick added a pair.
Dillon Horgan (2-3) took the loss. Horgan tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing 11 hits and eight runs — all earned — with 10 walks and four strikeouts.
Shenango maintains a firm hold on the third and final playoff spot out of the section with the victory. The Wildcats trail second-place Riverside (6-2, 7-3) by a game. Neshannock (8-0, 12-0), which is ranked No. 1 in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, paces the section.
Laurel 9 (8 inn.)
The Bobcats plated the winning marker with two outs in the bottom of the eighth for a Section 5-AA home win over the Spartans.
Laurel (0-9, 0-11) stranded 14 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings. The Spartans did score three runs in the top of the seventh to knot the count at 9 and force extra innings.
“The kids fought hard,” Laurel coach Eric Verdi said of his players. “This is the first time all year we had to make decisions in a close game. That’s progress.
“We had an opportunity late in the game to do things. That’s where we want to be. The guys are never going to quit.”
Ray Scala and Tucker Skerbetz notched two hits each for the Spartans. Skerbetz and Chris Peluso drove in two runs each for the guests.
Nick Peluso (0-3) took the loss in relief. Peluso worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and two runs — one earned — with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Both teams made seven errors.
“As hard as the kids played, I told them it feels good to be in the game,” Verdi said. “But understand where you’d be if we didn’t have seven errors.”
The Spartans erased a 3-0 deficit with five markers in the third, one in the fourth and three in the seventh.
Beaver (5-4, 5-5) scored three runs in the first, five in the third and one each in the sixth and eighth innings.