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May 5, 2014

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NEW CASTLE — Evan Kendall helped breathe life into the Shenango High baseball team’s playoff hopes Saturday.

Kendall tossed a complete-game gem, lifting the Wildcats to a 10-0 WPIAL Section 5-AA home win over Riverside.

The game was stopped after six innings because of the mercy rule.

Shenango (7-5 section, 9-8 overall) entered the game in a must-win position. The Wildcats are tied for the third and final playoff berth with Beaver (7-4, 7-5). The Bobcats, though, own the tiebreaker by virtue of a season sweep.

“Before the game, we kind of challenged everybody because of the position we’re in,” Wildcats coach Mike Othites said. “I told them, we have to get behind Evan. And we really did.”

Kendall (4-2), a sophomore, gave up five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

“When you get a performance like that against Riverside, hats off to him,” Othites said. “He’s been doing it for the most part, him and Tyler Booher.

“We expect Evan to go the distance each time. He had good stuff; a good fastball, good curveball and good location. He would get a popup any time we needed it.”

Shenango rolled up 13 hits. Vince Turco posted four hits for the Wildcats, while Ryley Ferrari and Anthony Prestopine added two each.

Paul Turco and Prestopine knocked in two runs apiece for the victors.

“I’m very happy with the bats,” Othites said. “We had timely hits, and we need to continue that.

“For us to do it, we have to keep winning and get help. If we don’t do what we’re supposed to do, then it doesn’t matter what other teams do. We have to do our job, too. I’m not taking anyone for granted.”

The Wildcats have two section games remaining. They host Mohawk (4-6, 5-7) today and host Laurel (0-10, 1-12) on Thursday.

Riverside (8-4, 9-5) is in second place, behind section champion Neshannock (12-0, 16-0). The Lancers are ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL in Class AA by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Mitch Connolly suffered the loss. Connolly tossed four innings, giving up five hits and four runs — all earned — with five walks and five strikeouts.

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