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ä Hickory 3, Kennedy Catholic 2 — At Hermitage, the host Hornets (6-0) harvested the win via singles victories from Ross Rosati and John Smaltz and the No. 1 tandem of Nick Petrochko-Nelson Murphy.
Keying Kennedy (2-2) were Jesse Kirila, at 3rd singles, and the No. 2 doubles duo of Blase Hudson-John McGonigle.
Singles: Rosati (H) def. Nickola Lima, 2-6, 7-6(5); Smaltz def. Andie Antanescu, 6-2, 6-1; Kirila (KC) def. Michael Funera, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles: N.Petrochko-Murphy (H) def. Stephens Edge-Drew Gribage, 6-3, 6-4; Hudson-McGonigle (KC) def. Stephen Petrochko-Zack Walters, 7-6(8-6), 6-4.
˝ Hickory also blanked Oil City, 5-0, on Tuesday.
ä Grove City 4, Greenville 1— At Greenville, the visiting Eagles (3-1 region, 8-1 overall) soared on singles wins by Matt Welker and Chris Adams and the doubles duos of Frankie Bassani-Dylan Motta and Kyle Yeakle-Andrew McCracken.
Seth Jaussen, at 2nd singles, was the Trojans’ lone winner.
Singles: Welker (GC) def. Chad Ferguson, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Jaussen (G) def. Evan Lowers, 6-4, 6-3; Adams (GC) def. Joey Safner, 6-2, 7-6. Doubles: Bassani-Motta (GC) def. Jing Wu-Trent McErlane, 6-3, 6-3; Yeakle-McCracken (GC) def. David Jeffries-Jon Stapchuck, 6-4, 6-2.
ä Hickory 1, Commodore Perry 0 (8 inn.) — At Hermitage, Brooks Pletcher drew a bases-loaded walk in the Hornets’ half of the extra frame for the lone run.
In squaring its season slate at 5-5, Hickory won its 5th consecutive contest and improved to 4-2 in District 10 Region 2-AA.
Hickory right-hander Mark DiBattiste outdueled CP’s Matt Jones, as both went the distance.
DiBattiste scattered 7 hits, fanned 4 and walked 1 in gaining credit for the win, while Jones worked 7-plus innings, allowed just 3 hits, struck out 6 and walked 4.
Tommy Cannon led off the Hornets’ 8th with a double, DiBattiste drew a walk, then Steve Piston put down a bunt single down the 3rd-base line, loading the bases. Jones then walked Pletcher.
Andy Jones drilled a double and Lou Emmett ended with 2 of the visiting Panthers’ 7 hits.
ä Sharon 6, Reynolds 5 — At Johnny Pepe Field, the host Tigers triumphed on Nick Carlo’s 1-out, walk-off base hit.
With the count knotted at 5, Justin Stefanowicz drew a leadoff walk from Reynolds reliever Jack Mahlon, was sacrificed to 2nd by Josh Nichols’ bunt, then advanced to 3rd on a passed ball before Carlo connected.
Tigers’ twirler Michael Songer pitched 2ìinnings of hitless relief to earn the win. Songer struck out 1 while walking 4. Sharon starter Stefanowicz fanned 4 and did not issue a free pass in 4êinnings, but yielded 4 runs on 4 hits.
Also for Sharon (4-2 region, 4-3 overall), Daniel Vanderslice singled twice and doubled, and Andrew Tomko and Carlo cracked 2 hits each.
For Reynolds (2-5), starting pitcher Kellen Gursky and David Koewacich cracked two-baggers. Gursky gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and whiffed 1 in 1è innings, while Mahlon mustered 5 KOs, walked 2, scattered 7 hits and allowed 3 runs in 5ì innings of Raiders’ relief.
ä Sharpsville 7, West Middlesex 6 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Blue Devils escaped with the regional road win.
West Middlesex loaded the bases in the 7th against Sharpsville southpaw reliever George Keck, but he enticed a game-ending groundout to preserve the Devils’ decision.
Christian Porterfield pounded a game-tying 3-run home run in the 5th off Sharpsville starter Jalen Mockabee. But Mockabee muscled a round-tripper of his own, a solo shot, along with 2 singles and plated a pair. On the mound Mockabee, in 5 frames, yielded 4 runs on 9 hits and fanned 4.
Also for Sharpsville (5-1, 6-2), Mitchell Fyffe (2 hits, 2 runs scored, RBI), Greg Popatak (2 hits, 3 RBI), Tyler Wansack (2 hits, 1 RBI) and Ross Llewellyn (2 hits) were the offensive leaders. Keck copped the save with 2 innings of 3-hit, 2-run relief. He walked 3.
For West Middlesex, Jerrod Palmer produced 3 hits, Porterfield, in addition to his homer, singled, Webb whacked 3 hits, and Dick doubled. Starting Middlsex moundsman Sage Pope permitted 6 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings and struck out 6, while Big Reds’ reliever Colella collected another half-dozen KOs, but allowed 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks.
ä Hickory 6, Conneaut Area 1 — At Linesville, the visiting Lady Hornets handed the Lady Eagles the region setback.
Winning pitcher Chelsea Marriott mustered a complete-game 3-hitter as the righty struck out 6 and walked 2. She helped herself at the plate by going 3-for-4, with 2 runs batted in. Also for Hickory (2-1 region, 4-1 overall), Mikhaila Layshock doubled home a run, and Hannah Gallagher garnered a single, double and scored.
Baum banged 2 hits for Conneaut Area (2-4), while losing hurler Blair yielded all 6 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks. She struck out 3.
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Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
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Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
ä West Middlesex 11, Grove City 1 (5 inn.) — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Ms. Reds (1-1) rebounded from a tough loss to Lakeview on Monday.
Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
Buddy Guerino Tourney winding down
Hoops action continued on Friday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Tournament at Sharpsville High and Elementary Schools.
KC, Hickory girls win Guerino semifinal games
Hoops action continued on Wednesday at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Tournament at Sharpsville High and Elementary schools.
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