Rocco Bernadina

New Castle's Rocco Bernadina fouls off a pitch during a PIAA Class 4A quarterfinal game against Beaver at Pullman Park in Butler.

The New Castle High baseball team opened the season in convincing fashion Friday.

The Red Hurricane pounded out 20 hits in rolling to a 24-0 WPIAL nonsection win over Aliquippa. The game, which was played at Neshannock, was stopped after three innings because of the mercy rule.

Rocco Bernadina hit for the cycle and he finished with four hits total for New Castle. He swatted a solo homer in the second inning.

Anthony Miller posted three hits, including a home run, for the ‘Canes. Donny Cade and Aiden Klik each added a pair of hits. Cade produced a three-run homer in the first inning and a triple.

Miller also hit a second-inning home run. He went back-to-back on homers with Bernadina in the second inning.

Miller and Bernadina drove in five runs each for New Castle. Cade collected three RBIs, while Klik, Dante Micaletti and Nick Rodgers knocked in two apiece.

Eddie Lutton earned the win, going the distance with six strikeouts and a walk. He did not allow a hit.

New Castle scored 11 runs in the first, eight more in the second and five in the third against the visiting Quips.

Shenango 6, Ellwood City 4

The Wildcats rallied in the seventh inning for a nonsection road win over the Wolverines.

Shenango scored four runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 3-2 deficit. Ellwood City tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough and Larry Kelly earned his first varsity baseball coaching win for the Wildcats. Both teams made five errors.

Neshannock 13, Western Beaver 3

Gavin Wooley recorded a triple and three RBIs to lead the Lancers to a nonsection road victory over the Golden Beavers.

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

Neshannock recorded 12 hits. Michael Morelli, Grant Melder and Michael Altmyer notched two hits each for the Lancers. Melder, Colton Shaffer and Matthew Nativio knocked in two runs apiece for the winners.

JA Quahliero earned the win on the hill. He pitched two innings, allowing no hits or walks with five strikeouts.

Neshannock scored three runs in the first, four in the second, two in the third, two in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Coach John Quahliero earned his varsity victory as the Lancers’ coach.

Western Beaver scored three runs in the fourth inning.

Union 9, Mohawk 8, 8 innings

The Scotties’ Nick Vitale doubled down the right-field line with one out in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Jake Vitale from second base with the winning run and lifting the hosts to victory over the Warriors.

Jake Vitale singled earlier in the inning and later took second base.

Union registered 13 total hits.

Jake Vitale delivered three hits for the Scotties. Jackson Clark, Nick Vitale and Brennen Porter collected two hits each for the victors. Clark posted a triple.

Nick Vitale and Porter drove in two runs each.

Joe Annarelli picked up the win on the mound. Annarelli tossed four innings in relief, giving up one hit and three runs — none earned — with two strikeouts and no walks.

Union plated a marker in the first, one in the second, one in the third, five in the fifth and the winning tally in the eighth.

Mohawk scored one run in the first, two in the second, two in the third and three more in the seventh.

The Warriors belted five hits as a team.

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Ron Poniewasz Jr. is a sports writer at the New Castle News. Email him at

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