The Mohawk and Laurel High softball teams racked up 28 runs and 25 hits — in only six innings.

The Lady Warriors outslugged Laurel in the end, claiming an 18-10 victory in a WPIAL Section 5-AA showdown yesterday. The game was called after six innings because of rain.

Mohawk led, 7-6, in the fourth inning, and pulled away with five runs in the frame.

“They just all came ready to hit,” Mohawk coach Pam Beatty said. “This is a good hitting team, and they’ve all been hitting lately.”

Devon Giancola paced the Lady Warriors (6-2 section, 7-3 overall) by going 4 for 6 with three singles, a double and four RBIs. Both Shelby Brown and Rachelle Miller collected two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Taylor Yarletts provided a single and a double, and Hannah Morrow contributed two hits and two RBIs. Merran Nottingham picked up the win.

The victory kept Mohawk in a second-place tie with New Brighton in the section and moved it a half game ahead of Riverside.

“This is real big because they beat Riverside twice and we’re still trying to battle in (to the playoffs),” Beatty said. “All our section games are going to be big now.”

Laurel played without its ace, Marissa Duddy, who was out because of sickness. The Lady Spartans (5-4, 8-4) were led by Ashleigh Rafferty, who went 3 for 3. Cassie Yough was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and was a home run shy of the cycle.

“It was a good game,” Laurel coach Lori Krol said. “Both sides were hitting. The last time we played them, I think we only had four hits. We had 11 this time, so we tagged the ball. We played well and we kept battling back, but they just had more key hits than we did.”

South Side Beaver 8,

Shenango 6

Two big innings by South Side Beaver were too much for Shenango to overcome in a Section 5-A clash.

South Side Beaver scored three runs in the first and fourth innings, and two more in the bottom of the fifth sealed the win.

Shenango (4-1, 6-2) received a big day from Randi Boyd, who was 4 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Jessica Kusnierz provided two RBIs for the Lady Wildcats.

Michelle Watson (6-2) pitched seven innings, striking out seven and walking four. She gave up eight hits and eight runs — four earned. Shenango had the tying run at the plate in the seventh, but a ground out ended the threat.

Neshannock 11,

Beaver Falls 1

Amanda Furst allowed just two hits and one run in a Section 5-AA victory over Beaver Falls.

Furst (8-2) pitched five innings, striking out seven and allowing one run two hits and zero walks. The game was called due to the mercy rule.

“She was on her game today,” Neshannock coach Tracy Kimmel said of Furst. “It was a little warmer, so she got loosened up. She’s been pitching in cold weather, so it’s hard to get loose. She did a good job mixing things up today and didn’t walk anybody.”

Furst and her sister, Rayanna, each had three hits, including a double by Amanda. Katelyn Burrelli recorded two hits, one a double. Both Dominique Sheldone and Stephanie Bucci drove in three runs and doubled.

Neshannock (8-0, 8-2) scored seven runs in the fourth inning, sparked by Sheldone’s three-run double.


Neshannock 12,

Quigley 1

Someone got a pretty good workout in retrieving the home run John Sansone hit in a Section 3-A win over Quigley.

The junior shortstop pulverized a first-inning pitch, sending the ball over two fences — the baseball field’s and the football field’s.

“I’ve been coaching for 23 years, and against us or for us, I don’t know if I’ve seen a ball hit that far,” Neshannock coach Mike Kirkwood said. “He hit it over the light tower, and the other fence. I don’t’ know how far that (second fence) is, I’d have to guess 50 yards. It cleared that one as well. At that point, you couldn’t see where it hit.”

Better yet, Neshannock stayed undefeated in the section at 7-0, winning a game that was called after six innings because of the mercy rule. The Lancers are 13-1 overall.

Sansone finished 3 for 3 with three runs and an RBI. And he wasn’t the only one hitting.  Anthony Van Eman went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs, and Chris Tsangaris and Alex Seltzer each drove in a pair of runs.

Three Neshannock pitchers allowed Quigley (2-4, 4-5) just four hits. Joe Cioffi (6-1) earned the win. He struck out three, walked one and didn’t yield a hit in two innings. Erik Welker and Rhett Murphy relieved him, allowing one unearned run in four innings.

Girls track

Burns breaks records

One record wasn’t enough. Wilmington’s Mariah Burns wanted two, and she broke them both.

Burns set school records in the long jump and triple jump to help the Lady Greyhounds beat Kennedy Catholic, 98-35.

Burns’ leap of 17-6 in the long jump was two inches farther than Alexis King’s record jump of 17-4, which was set this year. Burns’ second milestone was a triple jump of 37-1, which broke the 2004 mark of Sunny Daugherty (36-10).

“(Burns) had some great jumps at the Union Invitational, and quite ironically, Sunny Daugherty was working the event,” Wilmington coach R.J. McFarland said. “She’s a coach at Mohawk. (Burns) hit a couple in the 36s, and Sunny turned to me and said, ‘I’m worried about my record now.’ ”

Burns also won the 100. Alaura Hanssen also recorded three first-place finishes, winning the shot put, discus and javelin.

Hanssen paced Wilmington as it cruised past Farrell, 99-3.

Hanssen won the shot put, discus and javelin. Burns also claimed first in three events (100, long jump and triple jump).

Boys track

Greyhounds prevail

Jon Yohman and Qur’an McNish each registered two first-place finishes in guiding Wilmington to a 93-55 victory over Kennedy Catholic.

Yohman secured wins in the discus and shot put, while Qur’an McNish won the 100 and 200 for the Greyhounds.

The Greyhounds lost just two events in rolling past Farrell, 100-25.

Yohman led the way with two victories (shot put and discus) for Wilmington.

Boys tennis

Ellwood City falls

Beaver toppled Ellwood City Lincoln in Section 2-AA action, 4-1.

Singler player James Mildner garnered the only victory for the Wolverines, beating Jimmy Covatto, 7-5, 7-5.


1. Phillip Williams (B) def. Jai Ranchod, 6-3, 6-4.

2. Tim Dikec (B) def. Matt Barnes, 6-0, 6-3.

3. James Mildner (EC) def. Jimmy Covatto, 7-5, 7-5.


1. Connor Shallcross/Bronson Waite (B) def. Beau Ewing/R.J. Leisie, 6-0, 6-3.

2. Jack Kroger/Ian Graham (B) def. Cameron Gordon/Jonathan Pogozelec, 6-0, 5-7, 10-8.

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