The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


May 2, 2014

Roundup: Mercer, KC, Reynolds, GC baseball teams win

- — Weather-wise, it’s been a challenging spring for all area diamond teams. So sometimes, 60 degrees and a sun-cloud mix will have to do, just to get on the field.

“The kids have been workin’ in the gym — we’re sick of it,” admitted Mercer High mentor Jack Thorn.

On Thursday at Johnny Pepe Field, the visiting Mustangs parlayed the pitching of John Scheidhauer and Nate Guiler and scored a 7th-stanza run to squeeze past Sharon, 6-5.

“The kids have been tryin’. We’ve been close a lot. Hopefully, they can build on it, and the young kids’ll see what it takes,” Thorn summarized, noting, “We had some freshmen in the game, and they’re still learning things.

“They’ve been playin’ well all year. We’ve had some one-run losses and seventh-inning turnarounds. (Thurs)day was our turn this time,” Thorn said. Scheidhauer stymied Sharon for 5-plus innings and had a 5-4 lead. However Louis Wareham whacked a 1-out double to the left-center field gap in Sharon’s 6th, and Thorn thought it best to bring Guiler from center field to the Mercer mound.

Guiler got Dan Vanderslice on a comebacker for the 2nd out. Jon Williams walked, but on ball 4 pinch-runner Isaiah Pinckney stole 3rd, then scored the game-tying run on catcher Nate Cameron’s errant throw. Guiler got Zach Meszaros on strikes, keeping the score squared at 5.

In the 7th Guiler got the game-winning rally started for Mercer (3-6), lining a base hit to left off Sharon righty Joey Rahn. Cameron’s sacrifice-bunt up the 1st-base line was perfectly placed and he beat Rahn and 1st baseman Matt Wallace to the bag. Zane O’Brien also bunted, but Rahn’s throw to 3rd for a force-out was ruled late, loading the bases.

Brayton Edwards launched a sac fly to center, scoring Guiler with the go-ahead run.

Danté Dellibovi led off Sharon’s 7th by reaching on a throwing error, but was erased when Andrew Tomko’s hard-hit grounder was turned into a 6-4-3 Tigers’ twin-killing started by 2nd-sacker Ryan Thorn. Wallace then whacked a wicked liner at 1st-baseman Edwards, ending the game.

Guiler, the Grove City College-bound pitcher/center fielder, turned in a 2-for-4 plate performance that included 2 runs scored and a ribbie. Guiler gained credit for the win by getting the final 5 outs.

Scheidhauer scattered 8 hits, fanned 5 and did not issue a walk, throwing 82 pitches, 55 for strikes.

“Johnny Scheidhauer pitched terrific,” Thorn praised. “John’s been keeping people off-balance. He’s a junior; he’ll be back again next year for us, and we can’t wait.”

Regarding Guiler, who gives off a Billy Wagner vibe — an undersized southpaw who throws surprisingly hard with a biting breaking ball — Thorn said,

“Nate’s been in the business a long time, and knows how to play the game. Athletically-wise — tremendous. He’s been in our system for years, and plays summer ball (Youngstown Class B League) and it shows — the summer work pays off for him.”

In addition to Guiler, Sam Garner got 2 hits and tallied twice, Cameron cracked a 2-run single in the 2nd stanza, O’Brien added an RBI-single, Edwards ended with 2 hits, and Logan Clarke collected another pair.

For Sharon Rahn also went the distance, throwing 125 pitches (71 strikes), fanning 5 and walking 2. He allowed 11 hits. John Thiel and Noah Nichols notched 1st-inning RBI-singles, Tomko tacked on another in the 2nd, and Dellibovi, Vanderslice, Williams and Meszaros stroked safeties for Tigers’ taskmaster Mike Tomko — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

ä Kennedy Catholic 13, Cambridge Springs 3 (5 inn.) — At Hermitage, the host Golden Eagles eased to the abbreviated rout, as Paul Spondike spanked 3 hits.

Ethan Feldmiller went the distance on the hill, Guillermo Quinones cracked 2 hits, including a two-bagger, and Jeremy Branca banged a single and double to key KC.

Cox doubled in defeat, and Orlop absorbed the mound loss.

ä Reynolds 7, Commodore Perry 2 — At Sheakleyville, Nick Fuchs fired a 4-hitter through 4ê innings in leading the Raiders (7-4) past the Panthers.

Fuchs had no strikeouts, 2 walks and gave up 2 runs on the 4 hits. Jacob Leipheimer pitched 1ì innings with no Ks, 2 walks and gave up no hits and Jack Mahlon pitched the 7th inning, fanned 2 batters and didn’t allow a hit.

Offensively for Reynolds, Jacob Reimold went 2-for-3, which included a solo home run in the 3rd inning, and drove in 2 runs and Adam Ballish was 3-for-4.

Matt Jones started for CP and suffered the loss. He pitched 3-plus innings. No other CP stats were reported to The Herald.

ä Grove City 13, North East 1 (5 inn.) — At Grove City, Matt Gordon pitched 4 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts, no walks and only 2 hits and singled, doubled and drove in 4 runs at the dish as the Eagles beat NE.

At the plate for GC, Jared Sample went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI, Jordan Anderson was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, Brandon Dennis singled, doubled, drove in 4 runs and scored twice and Brett Snyder had an RBI hit.


ä Hickory 109, Slippery Rock 36; Hickory 120, Greenville 24 —
At Hornet Stadium, host Hickory harvested its 5th consecutive region championship.

Sprinters Heather Grober and Nikki Arbanas, thrower Elena Marchand, distance aces Lexi Bible and Haley Boyd, and sisters Lauren and Madison Bell bolstered Hickory (5-0), as did middle-distance standout Jessica Garcia-Ramirez.

ä West Middlesex 105, Farrell 39; West Middlesex 102, Brookfield 22 — At West Middlesex, Kristen White, Alyson Pierce, Chloé Tyillian and Sarah Lucich were all triple-event winners as the Ms. Reds earned a pair of wins.

White, Pierce and Tyillian all ran on the winning 3200 relay team and White and Pierce were part of the foursome that captured the 1600 relay. Individually, Pierce copped the 400, White won the 800, Tyillian captured the 1600 and 3200 and Lucich earned 1st in the shot put, discus and javelin.

Samuels won the long jump, swept the hurdles and was on the winning 400-meter relay team to lead Farrell while Polk captured the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles for Brookfield.


ä West Middlesex 122, Farrell 24; West Middlesex 103, Brookfield  24 —
At West Middlesex, the Big Reds rolled. Ike Williams won both the 800- and 1600-meter runs, and the Reds also were led by Eric Lucich (triple jump, pole vault) and Chandler Tyillian (long jump), who, along with Lucich, was part of the 4x1 relay foursome. Also, Todd Fabian lent legs to two winning relay quartets.

For Farrell, Freeman and fellow sprinter Dewayne Burns swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

ä Greenville 106, Hickory 44 — At Hornet Stadium, host Hickory had a handful of trouble from the Trojans.

Stephen Herrick (800) and Dylan Foley (3200) also were part of the Trojans’ triumphant distance-relay team, while Cody Ingersheim (triple jump, javelin), Trey VanAken (sprint-relay leg) and Christian Riggle (long jump) set the pace, and the latter pair also tied for the high jump gold.

Matt Voytik (100, 200) and Luke Lewis (shot, disc) led Hickory (3-2).


Softball — Sharon at Wilmington, today; Reynolds at Sharpsville, today; Conneaut Area at Grove City, to May 5, 4 p.m.

Baseball — Grove City at Oil City, to May 6, 3 p.m.

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