New Castle News
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.
Union 15, 16
Aliquippa 0, 1
The Scotties locked up a Class A playoff berth with a Section 3-A sweep of the Quips.
Union (7-3, 7-5), which is in second place, still has a shot at clinching second place outright in the league standings. The Scotties travel to third-place Rochester (6-3, 6-4) at 4 p.m. tomorrow.
The teams split the first two meetings.
“It’s always a goal,” Scotties coach Mark Stanley said of the playoffs. “(Tomorrow) is very important for us, and it’s very important for Rochester, too. It’s for seeding purposes.”
Union posted 16 hits in the opener. Cole Gorgacz and Kody Smith recorded three hits each, while Jacob Jendrysik, Devan Schuller, Logan Schuller and Randy DeJohn added two each. Devan Schuller hit his second homer of the season, a three-run blast in the first inning.
DeJohn (1-0) notched a no-hitter with a pair of walks and four strikeouts.
The Scotties tallied 15 hits in the second game. Smith and Logan Schuller had three hits each for the winners, while Jeremy Rice added a pair.
Logan Schuller (1-0) picked up the win. He worked five innings, giving up three hits and an earned run with three walks and eight strikeouts.
“We’re swinging the bats well,” Stanley said. “This week will tell more. We’’ll see how we’re sitting after this week.”
North Allegheny 16,
New Castle 5
The Tigers built a 6-0 lead after two innings and cruised to a Section 1-AAAA road win over the Red Hurricane at Flaherty Field.
“It was a pretty miserable day,” New Castle coach Paul Malley Jr. said. “We had a rain delay in the bottom of the first. We got the field fixed up and then it rained again.
“The field was pretty sloppy. We threw the ball all over the place. It was just a tough day to play baseball.”
Joe Gunn (0-2) started and took the loss. Gunn pitched to three batters and didn’t record an out before he was pulled. He gave up three runs — one earned — with two walks. Gunn hit a batter as well.
The ’Canes (1-9, 6-11) had six hits and four errors.
North Allegheny (8-2, 12-6) is in second place in the section behind Butler (8-1, 11-3.
The Lady Wildcats clinched a playoff berth with a five-inning road Section 4-A win over the Lady Scots.
Shenango (9-2, 11-3), which is ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL in Class A by the Post-Gazette, is in second place in the section with three league games remaining. Neshannock (9-1, 9-2) paces the league standings and South Side Beaver (8-2, 9-2) is in third place. The Lady Lancers and Lady Rams have four section contests left apiece.
“It’s always one of our goals, to make it to the postseason,” Shenango coach Amy Delaney said. “We’ve met our first goal as a team and we’re excited to continue the season.”
If Neshannock beats South Side Beaver on Wednesday, Shenango finishes in second place outright in the section. A Lady Rams victory over the Lady Lancers would force a three-way tie for the league championship.
“All we can do right now is worry about ourselves,” Delaney said. “We’ll focus on our task at hand.”
Shenango was coming off a 4-2 loss to South Side Beaver on Friday.
The Lady Wildcats led 4-0 after three innings before scoring 10 runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth.
“I never have any doubt in our girls,” Delaney said. “They’ve always responded well.
“I thought we played very well defensively and we really hit the ball well.”
Shenango banged out 17 total hits, led by Taylor Biddle and Carolyn Peterson with three each. Kim Burdett, Elizabeth Quahliero and Macy Rubin registered two hits apiece for the Lady Wildcats.
Peterson knocked in three runs and Alexa Owrey added a pair.
Rubin (11-3) started and picked up the win. Rubin went four innings, giving up three hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
“Macy pitched a good game,” Delaney said. “She really worked well with her pitches.”
Jaynna Johnston took the loss. Johnston worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing 14 hits and 16 runs — eight earned — with two walks and four strikeouts.
LaShá Clark, Ariel Junkin and Hannah Booth posted one single each for Union (6-6, 6-6).
Track and field
Falvo places third
Wilmington’s Julie Falvo captured third place in the discus (125-3) and took fifth in the shot put (37-7) to lead the way at the Baldwin Invitational on Friday.
Jamie Thompson took fifth in the pole vault (9-6) and the 3200-meter relay team comprised of Rikki Brumbaugh, Lexi Brumbaugh, Hannah Drake and Allison Baldwin finished fifth in 10:06.32.
Drake took third in the triple jump at 36-1 1/2.
Stefan Pontius was sixth in the high jump (6-0), Julia Stroebel was sixth in the pole vault (10-6) and Ian Behm captured seventh in the javelin (156-11).