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May 21, 2014

Roundup: GC baseball, Wilmington softball advance to D-10 semifinals

- — Nine area teams took part in the District 10 playoffs on Tuesday — Grove City, Hickory, West Middlesex and Wilmington in baseball; Lakeview, Reynolds, Sharpsville and Wilmington in softball, and Farrell in boys volleyball.

On the diamond, only the Grove City baseball team and Wilmington softball team advanced to the semifinals. In volleyball, Farrell was swept by Cambridge Springs.

The following were reported to The Herald:

SOFTBALL

CLASS AA

ä Wilmington 13, Cambridge Springs 7 —
At Allegheny College in Mead-ville, Lexi Donati belted a 2-run homer, 2 singles and drove in 4 runs in leading the Lady Hounds (14-3).

Cassidy Marett and Alanna Elliott both doubled and ripped 2 singles, Courtney Cohen and Ashley Houck had 3 singles each and Chelsea Rogel added a pair of singles.

Cambridge Springs led 3-0 after the top half of the 1st inning, but the Lady Hounds plated 6 runs on 9 hits in the bottom half of the inning.

“We really tattooed the ball,” said Wilmington coach Tom Reed. “It was a nice offensive showing. Everybody in the lineup, one through nine, hit the ball well. We play Titusville next (5 p.m. Thursday at Penn State-Behrend) and we beat them 2-1 during the year, so they’ll be gunning for us.”

Kayleigh Shenker went the distance for Wilmington. She fanned 3, walked 3 and gave up 7 hits.

Kayla Parkin also went the distance for Cambridge Springs. She had 1 strikeout, issued 1 walk and gave up 19 hits. McKayla Zilhaver belted a 2-run homer for the Lady Blue Devils and Kirsten Skeleton doubled and singled.

Titusville’s Lady Rockets ousted Harbor Creek, 5-1, in 8 innings Tuesday. The Lady Hounds beat Titusville 8-5 in the opening round of the D-10 playoffs last year.

ä Gen. McLane 2, Lakeview 1 — At PSU-Behrend in Erie, Erica Suprynowicz fanned 8 batters, walked 1 and scattered 7 hits in leading the Lady Lancers to their 1st softball playoff win in school history.

Pinch-hitter Alma Mamani gave McLane (15-1) a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning with an RBI-single and Laura Schaefer scored on a wild pitch in the 5th inning.

Bronwyn Brocklehurst drove in the lone run for the Lady Sailors (7-7) with a 6th-inning single. Lakeview loaded the bases in the 4th and 6th innings, but could only plate the 1 run. Brocklehurst, Salena Stutzman and Mackenzie McIntire had 2 hits each. Kala Mahen went the distance for Lakeview. She had 8 strikeouts, issued 1 walk and gave up 5 hits.

McLane advances to play Northwestern in the semifinals Thursday at 5 p.m. at Allegheny College. NW ousted Franklin 11-3 on Tuesday.

CLASS A

ä Saegertown 10, Sharpsville 2 —
At Allegheny College, the defending D-10 champion Lady Panthers ousted the Lady Blue Devils.

No stats were reported to The Herald.

Saegertown advances to play West Middlesex at 1 p.m. Thursday at Allegheny College. WM earned a bye into the semifinals.

ä Iroquois 15, Reynolds 5 (5 inn.) — At PSU-Behrend, Iroquois rolled past the Lady Raiders.

No stats were reported to The Herald.

Iroquois advances to face Cochranton at 3 p.m. Thursday at Allegheny College. Cochranton had a bye into the semis.

˝ Reynolds 8, Kennedy Catholic 4 (8 inn.) — At Transfer Monday in the regular-season finale, the Lady Raiders of Coach Markee Juranovich punched their ticket to the playoffs with the extra-inning win in the regular-season finale. The Lady Raiders tied with Commodore Perry at 5-5 in Region 1-A, but earned the final spot in the playoffs by virtue of a better overall record (5-9).

Madison Rhoades ripped a game-winning grand-slam home run in the home half of the 8th.

Jessica Dickson was the winning pitcher, tossing a complete game and allowing 11 hits, struck out 6 and walked 4. while Rhoades went 3-for-5 including a double for 5 RBI for the winners, while Salena Stutzman went 3-for-5 also. Danny Babcock had a pair of doubles, Madison Stoner 2 hits and Micsky a double. Reynolds recorded 10 stolen bases.

For Kennedy Catholic, Emilee Taylor took the loss. Miranda Torok and Taylor Moore each had 3 hits, while Amanda Natale had a pair of safeties and Tessa Bonomo banged a double. Taylor also went the distance and yielded only 5 hits, whiffed 9 and walked 4.

BASEBALL

CLASS AA

ä Franklin 4, Hickory 0 —
At Slippery Rock University’s Jack Critchfield Park, the Knights ousted the Hornets.

Zach Guth came within 1 out of a no-hitter, as Patrick Moldovan singled to right with 2 outs in the 7th. Guth faced 1 hitter over the minimum.

Also for Franklin which lashed 8 hits, Desko doubled, Guth garnered a triple and 2 other hits, and Madden and Guth got 2 RBI apiece. The Knights notched 2 runs in the 1st frame, then added 2 insurance tallies in the 7th stanza. Huff also tallied twice.

Tony Stigliano suffered the setback for Hickory.

Franklin will meet Mercyhurst Prep in Thursday’s semifinals, site and time TBA.

ä Mercyhurst Prep 1, Wilmington 0 — At Ainsworth Field, Erie, the Lakers edged the Hounds.

No results were reported to The Herald.

CLASS AAA

ä Grove City 4, Warren 0 —
At Slippery Rock University’s Jack Critchfield Park, Matt Gordon garnered the complete-game shutout, firing a 4-hitter Gordon fanned 4 and walked only 1.

Jordan Anderson’s double and Jesse Hodge’s 2-out RBI-single staked Gordon to a 1-0 first-inning lead, then the Eagles erupted for a 3-run 5th frame.

Jared Sample’s 2-run single scored Dustin Maine and pinch-runner Nick Davies. Gordon then drew a bases-loaded walk for an insurance run.

Grove City will Corry on Thursday, site and time TBA.

Stanz suffered the setback for Warren, working 4-plus innings and surrendering 4 runs. Reagle ripped 2 hits, Gustafson garnered a single and Fantaskey singled and stole 2 bags in defeat for the Dragons.

SOFTBALL

Regular Season

ä Mercer 4, West Middlesex 1 —
On Monday, Winning pitcher Allie Cameron KO’d 6, scattered 9 hits and walked 2. She helped herself by stroking 2 safeties. Also for Mercer, Melissa Shoemaker singled and doubled and Kelsey Swartz and Jordan Buchanan banged 2 hits each and Sami Carr and Emily McGee 1 apiece.

Losing pitcher Jordyn Allen whiffed 8, but permitted 12 hits and 6 walks.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

ä Farrell 3, Cambridge Springs 0 —
At Meadville Area Senior High School, the Steelers’ (5-8) season came to an end with a 25-21, 25-23, 25-19 loss to CS.

Farrell stats: Anthony Pegues 27 assists, 5 blocks, 7 digs; Austin Pickens 12 kills; Jacobi Greene 5 assists, 12 digs; Tyrone Archie 10 kills, 16 digs; Leon Lewis 5 kills, 8 digs; Marcus McCoy 6 kills, 5 digs; Trevor Austin 5 digs; Chase Butler 12 digs; Angelo Jackson 5 digs.

“I’d like to recognize my seniors (Pickens, Pegues, Archie, Austin, Jaylin Gavins and Chase Smith),” said 3rd-year Farrell coach Dan Dragicevic. “Over the last four years, they’ve brought the program to being relevant and competitive. We can compete with really good teams in tournaments and make the playoffs. They carried the program for four years and really made an impact.”

Cambridge Springs advances to face Cochranton in the semifinals Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Cochranton swept Maplewood (3-0) on Tuesday. The other semifinal is Meadville vs. Saegertown. The Bulldogs ousted Ft. LeBoeuf (3-1) on Tuesday while the Panthers ousted Conneaut Area (3-0).

The championship match is 7 p.m. Friday.

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