Laurel High’s Austin Sipe made the most of his first varsity baseball start yesterday.
Sipe pitched effectively to lead the Spartans to an 11-5 nonsection victory over Beaver.
Sipe (1-0) worked 41⁄3 innings to earn his first varsity win. He allowed five hits and four runs — all earned — with two walks and no strikeouts.
“The plan was to go two innings,” Laurel coach Eric Verdi said. “He exceeded all of our expectations. I’m very proud of his performance.”
Rick Jones and Brad Telesz paced the Spartans with three hits apiece. Todd Fennick, Mike Hudson and Dylan Jones contributed two hits each.
Hudson slugged a two-run homer in the sixth inning, his first blast of the year, and finished with three RBIs. Fennick and Telesz added two RBIs each.
Brandon Ritchie delivered a solo homer in the first inning, his first circuit clout of the season, for the victors.
“We’ve had two good games in a row with the bats,” Verdi said. “We’ve had five straight games this week and I’m very pleased.
“The kids played hard and we ended the week on a good note.”
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Ellwood City Lincoln’s Christian Kerns held Neshannock in check for a nonsection road win.
Kerns worked the first five innings to earn the win. He gave up three hits and no runs with five strikeouts and two walks.
“They dominated us on the mound,” Lancers coach Mike Kirkwood said. “They threw stirkes and made plays against us.”
The Wolverines (4-0) scored a run in the second, two in the fourth, a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
John Sansone paced Neshannock (2-2) with two hits.
Joe Bullano (1-1) started and suffered the loss. Bullano tossed six innings, giving up six hits and four runs — three earned — with two strikeouts and a walk.
Don’t expect to see Mohawk High’s Lucas Grim doing any jumping in the near future.
Not after the performance he put on yesterday at the West Middlesex Duals track meet.
“Last week he was a jumper, and I told him, those days are over,” Mohawk boys coach Jared Stratton said. “You’re a middle-distance runner now.”
That’s because Grim won the 400- and 800-meter races, beating out competitors from six other schools. He ran the 400 in 53.5 seconds and the 800, an event he’s never attempted before, in 2:09.5. Grim, a junior, is finally getting a chance to shine after not competing much last year.
“In the last couple of years, we’ve had some really good middle distance runners,” Stratton said. “All of last year, he was running the 400 in the 54s and he couldn’t make the team. I expect a lot of big things from him.
“We have a very young team this year, and I’m very happy with where a lot of our guys are at.”
Mohawk finished third as a team. Zac Colon and John Fleck each won in matchups with Union and Laurel. Colon won the pole vault and Fleck in the high jump.
Laurel, which finished second as a team, received a big day from Matt Conway. Conway won three events against Mohawk. He was first in the 100 (12.0), the 200 (24.1) and was part of the winning 400-relay team (47.6).
Starring for Union was Austin Smith, who won the 100 in 11.65 and was part of the 400-relay team that defeated Mohawk. Tyrone May won the 200 (24.8) and the long jump (18-5).
West Middlesex won the event, which also featured Kennedy Catholic, Commodore Perry and AC Valley.
The Lady Warriors finished second out of eight teams at the West Middlesex Duals.
Mohawk defeated Union, Laurel, Kennedy Catholic, Commodore Perry, AC Valley and Sharpsville. Its lone loss came to West Middlesex, 821⁄2 to 691⁄2.
Several competitors did well for the Lady Warriors. Melissa Durbin won two events against Laurel and Union. She was first in the 100 and the long jump and was part of the winning 400-meter relay team. Mackenzie Moon won two events in both of those contests, taking first in the 1600 and the 3200.