Herald Sports Writer
MERCER COUNTY AREA —
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.