The inaugural West Middlesex Big Reds girls’ and boys’ track & field invitational is set for Friday. Field events will begin 3:30 p.m.; track events at 3:45.
Meet director Ed Pikna announced the field will include competitors from: Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Brookfield, Farrell, George Junior Republic, Greenville, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeview, Laurel, Mercer, Sharon, Sharpsville, Wilmington and West Middlesex.
ä Reynolds 12, Mercer 4 — At Veteran’s Field at Brandy Springs Park, the visiting Raiders rolled, ripping 18 base hits.
A 3-run 1st frame, augmented by a 4-run 3rd, enabled the Raiders to record an early 7-0 edge, which they increased to 9-0 in the 4th frame before Mercer manufactured 4 runs in its half of the inning.
Paul Torok, Kellen Gursky, Jacob Reimold and David Koewacich whacked 3 hits apiece for Reynolds (2-4). Torok tallied twice, doubled and stole a base; Gursky garnerd 2 RBI, scored 3 runs, pilfered a pair and he, too, doubled; Reimold rocked a pair of two-baggers and tallied twice, and Koewacich collected 2 ribbies and scored. Also, Adam Ballish banged 2 hits, drove in 1, scored another, and stole a base.
Gursky got the win, going 3 innings, whiffing 3, walking 1 and yielding 1 hit, while Torok and Tyler Thompson took turns. Torok fanned 4, but allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk. Thompson pitched the final frame.
Mercer made 3 miscues, and the Mustangs mustered only 7 hits.
ä Hickory 6, Wilmington 4 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Hornets harvested the Region 2-AA road win on the arm and bat of Steve Piston.
Piston pitched a complete game, scattering a half-dozen hits, striking out 6 and walking 3. He led Hickory’s offense with a 4-for-4 plate performance that included a double.
Also for the Hornets (3-2 region, 4-5 overall), Anthony Cannone and Jake Andrzejewski both added 2 hits and Tommy Cannon and Mark DiBattiste drilled doubles.
For Wilmington, starting Hounds’ hurler Ryan Brumbaugh was battered for 12 hits and all 6 runs in 5 frames, striking out 7. Reliever Davis Smith tossed 2 scoreless innings, whiffing 2, walking 1 and allowing just 1 hit.
Smith smashed a double and triple and Jimmy Buxton banged 2 hits for the Hounds.
ä Lakeview 10, Jamestown 0 — At Jamestown, the visiting Sailors coasted on Zach Bigley’s complete-game 4-hitter. He fanned 5 and walked 1 in the Region 1-A rivalry.
The Sailors stroked a dozen safeties, led by Logan Snyder’s pair of doubles and RBI and 2 ribbies apiece from Bigley, Austin Slater and Andrew Parimuha.
Muskies’ moundsmen Alex Boylan and Harry Boyer permitted 6 and 4 runs, respectively. Boylan allowed 8 hits, fanned 5 and walked 3; Boyer 4 runs on 4 hits while whiffing 3 in 1ê innings of relief.
Cam Motzing mustered 2 hits and Garrett Morgan a double for the host Muskies.
ä Sharpsville 2, Sharon 0 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Py Twp, the Blue Devils (5-1) topped the Tigers.
Taylor Lenzi earned the win. He fanned 1, walked 2 and only allowed 4 hits in a complete-game performance.
Tanner Morris had 2 singles, Bryan Stafford ripped an RBI double and Jalen Mockabee had an RBI single.
Cody Frazier gave up 7 hits in the loss for the Tigers. Nick Carlo singled and doubled.
˛ In a game Saturday at South Py, the Blue Devils beat Reynolds, 5-4. Lenzi earned the win with 3 strikeouts, 2 hits and no walks over 4 innings.
Mockabee had 2 singles and 3 RBI for Sharpsville, Greg Popatak had an RBI double and Mitch Fyffe added an RBI single.
For Reynolds, Gursky, Jordan Weaver and Tyler Thompson all doubled and singled.
ä West Middlesex 9, Commodore Perry 1 — At Sheakleyville, Mike Ginther fired a complete-game 3-hitter (all singles) with 13 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Big Reds (4-2) beat CP.
Sage Pope belted a 2-run homer for West Middlesex while Jerrod Palmer and Trey Staunch had 2 singles each.
ä Wilmington 6, Neshannock 5 — At New Wilmington, 1st-year coach Tom Reed’s Lady Hounds improved to 7-0 by defeating the defending PIAA Class AA champion Lady Lancers.
It was Neshannock’s 1st loss in a year-and-a-half. The Lady Lancers beat Warrior Run, 4-3, in 8 innings last season in State College for the state title. They scored the winning run on a wild pitch and finished 24-1. The only graduation loss from that team was pitcher Amanda Furst.
Wilmington’s Abby Sotter struck out 5, walked 2 and gave up 10 hits in the win. At the plate, she homered (solo shot) for the 2nd game in a row. Also for the Lady Hounds, Lexi Donati had 2 singles and 2 RBI and Kristen Kline doubled and singled.
Madison Shaffer suffered the loss for Neshannock. She fanned 2, issued 4 walks and gave up 10 hits. Offensively for the Lady Lancers, Katie Burelli belted a solo home run and Alex Fischer and Rayanna Furst both doubled and singled.
ä Hickory 9, Meadville 7 — At Meadville, the game featured 28 hits, but the Lady Hornets harvested the road win.
Madison Collier and Alyssa Kostka connected for 3-for-4 plate performances, driving in 2 and 1 run, respectively, and Danielle Collier clubbed 1 hit and plated a pair.
Winning pitcher Lauren Kizak KO’d 3 and did not walk a batter, but surrendered 14 hits and all 7 runs for Hickory (3-1).
Losing hurler T. Nottingham notched 4 strikeouts, walked 2 and also yielded 14 hits and all 9 runs. She went 4-for-4 at the dish, while C.Nottingham notched 2 hits and Woods whacked a single, home run and drove in 3 runs for the Lady Dawgs.
ä Sharpsville 4, Kennedy Catholic 3 — At Sharpsville, the host Blue Darlings (5-1) edged KC in a thriller.
McKenzie Popatak walked to lead off the bottom of the 7th inning. Kaitlyn Falconi moved her to 2nd base with a sacrifice bunt and Eugena Davies ripped an RBI-single for the game-winner.
Davies tripled and singled, Rachel Harenchar doubled and Elle Marrie and Maddie Shuttleworth both had 2 singles.
Shuttleworth earned the win. She struck out 3 and gave up 12 hits in going the distance.
KC’s Emilee Taylor was tagged with the loss. She whiffed 8 batters and yielded 9 hits in 7 innings.
At the dish, Annie Papa tripled and singled, Courtney Sargent had 3 singles and Kelsey Ferlin and Maria Messina had 2 hits each.
ä Brookfield 10, Sharon 7 — At Brookfield Twp. Park, the Lady Warriors (3-1) scored 1 run in the 1st inning, 7 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd and held on for the win vs. the Lady Tigers.
Lauren Hawley earned the win. She collected 8 strikeouts, issued 4 walks and only allowed 5 hits (all singles) in going the distance.
Gabby Gadola was tagged with the loss for Sharon. She whiffed 4 batters and walked 4.
Offensively for the Lady Warriors, Hawley singled and doubled and drove in a run and Ciara Rotunno had 2 doubles and 3 RBI.
ä Hickory 3, Grove City 2 — At Hermitage, the Hornets handed the Eagles (7-1) their 1st loss of the season.
John Smaltz and Michael Funera won at 2nd and 3rd singles for Hickory while Nick Petrochko and Nelson Murphy captured a win at No. 1 doubles.
Matt Welker picked up a win at No. 1 singles for GC and the team of Kyle Yeakle and Andrew McCracken registered a win at 2nd doubles.
Singles: Welker (GC) def. Ross Rosati, 6-0, 6-1; Smaltz (H) def. Evan Lowers, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4; Funera (H) def. Chris Adams, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Doubles: N. Petrochko-Murphy (H) def. Frankie Bassani-Dylan Motta, 6-4, 7-5; Yeakle-McCracken (GC) def. Stephen Petrochko-Zack Walters, 6-2, 6-3.