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May 8, 2014

Roundup: Hornets beat WM; Lady Hounds suffer 1st loss

- — Don’t attempt to convince Gary Hinkson the value of moral victories. As far as the Hickory High baseball skipper is concerned, a loss is a loss.

Which made Wednesday’s 13-8 comeback win at West Middlesex that much more meaningful.

“I don’t know,” Hinkson haltingly replied. “We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times with those (early-season losses).”

During Wednesday’s 3-hour marathon in Middlesex, the Hornets stung themselves twice — boosting the Big Reds with 3 extra outs during Middlesex’s 3-run 4th frame, then setting the table for a 2-run game-tying 7th stanza with an error.

Ultimately, however, Hickory (6-3 Region 2-AA, 8-3 overall) harvested a 5-run, game-winning 8th. Jake Andrzejewski’s leadoff single — part of the lefthandeded-hitting leadoff hitter’s 4-for-6, 3-runs scored, 2-RBI performance — ignited the outburst against Big Reds’ reliever Christian Porterfield.

By the time the extra inning ended the Hornets batted around and were aided by a pair of Middlesex miscues, a hit batsman, and a walk. Anthony Cannone’s run-scoring single and Patrick Moldovan’s 2-run single — highlighting his 3-for-4 day — were Hickory highlights, while James Dorko delivered a sacrifice-fly RBI.

Frosh right-hander Joey Gasior, in relief of Moldovan, gaincd credit for the win. He was aided by left fielder Nate Mastian’s web gem on Chaz Burger’s 1-out liner in the 8th.

The gritty Gasior gave up the 2 tying runs, but got out of further damage. After knotting the count at 8, Middlesex mounted a 2-out, bases-loaded situation in the 7th. But Gasior got stout, No. 5 hitter Trey Staunch to pop out to 1st baseman Anthony Stigliano.

“Listen, West Middlesex is a very good team,” Hinkson praised. “The fact (the Big Reds) came back really didn’t surprise me. But my guys really hung in there. The freshman pitcher Gasior just really showed a lot of grit to stay in there and come back and finish it like he did.

“We’ve got a stretch here where we’ve got four games in-a-row this week (at New Wilmington today) and four games in-a-row next week,” Hinkson continued. “So we control our destiny and we’ve just gotta keep playin’ one game at a time. It sounds like sort’ve a cliché, but that’s really what it is.

“Particularly when you’ve got four games in four days, eight games in twelve days, you’ve got to go deep into your pitching. And the team that can do that, I think, really has an advantage,” Hinkson mused, concluding,

“I think what’s helped us is, our defense the last three games has been much improved. And what contributes to that is the fact the weather’s been a little better the last week and we’ve been able to get outside and get our work in. And we’re playin’ every day. So defensively, we’re much better.”

Notes: Brady Leunis lent 2 hits for Hickory, Tyler Cannon cracked a 2-run, 6th-stanza single, followed by his brother Tommy’s RBI-single. ... Moldovan, a southpaw, started for Hickory. In 4-plus innings and 92 pitches (55 strikes) he yielded 13 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks and whiffed 1. ... Veteran Middlesex mentor Jerry Novosel’s Big Reds ripped 17 base hits, led by Riley Atterholt’s 5-for-5, 2-RBI, 2-runs scored effort, Phil Fusco’s 3-for-5 (including a double), 2-RBI, 2-runs scored outing, and Burger’s 2-for-5, 3 runs-scored contribution. Also, Mark Colella clubbed a pair of run-scoring doubles and Porterfield pounded a pair of RBI-hits. ... Middlesex moundsman Dillon Fair, in 2ê innings at the outset, allowed 5 runs on 5 hits, walked 2, whiffed 1 and threw 51 pitches (31 strikes). Porterfield, the Big Reds’ backstop, relieved  and worked out of a 2-on, 1-out 3rd-inning situation by fanning a pair. He retired 8 of the first 10 hitters he faced before tiring. The righty struck out 7, but walked 4 and allowed 7 hits and hit a batter. In relief of Porterfield Atterholt allowed Moldovan’s 2-run single and Dorko’s sac fly. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

BASEBALL

ä Reynolds 7, Sharpsville 6 —
At Transfer, the Raiders’ Jack Mahlon doubled and belted a 2-run home run in leading Reynolds to a 1-run win over the Blue Devils.

Nick Fuchs had 2 singles and an RBI for Reynolds while Adam Ballish and Jacob Leipheimer both doubled and Collin Yake registered a pair of singles and 2 RBI.

Fuchs started for Reynolds and pitched 2ê innings. He had 1 strikeout, 3 walks and gave up 1 run on 3 hits. Leipheimer went 4ê with 2 Ks, 1 walk and gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and Mahlon pitched the 7th inning with 2 strikeouts.

No Sharpsville stats were reported.

ä Meadville 4, Grove City 3 — At Meadville, Brock Biggs ripped a walkoff single scoring Ted Williams from second base in lifting the Bulldogs past the Eagles.

Trevor Smith went the distance for Meadville. He fanned 4 and only gave up 6 hits.

At the dish for Meadville, Biggs and Zach Darling had 2 hits each and Antonio Ferraro contributed 3 hits.

Austin Wilson suffered the loss for GC. He pitched 3 innings of relief. Jesse Hodge and Brandon Grace pitched before Wilson.

Offensively for GC, Wilson had 2 hits, Matt Gordon doubled and Kyle Shingledecker ripped an RBI single.

SOFTBALL

ä Franklin 4, Wilmington 3 (8 inn.) —
At Franklin, the Lady Knights (10-3) handed the Lady Hounds (12-1) their 1st loss of the season.

Wilmington led 3-1 before Franklin’s Cynthia Hoover belted a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the game at 3-all.

In the bottom of the 8th, the Lady Knights won it with 3 straight singles. The game-winner was hit by Quincy Woods.

Kayleigh Shenker went the distance for Wilmington, which beat Jamestown 4-0 on Tuesday. She struck out 4 batters, walked 1 and gave up 8 hits.

Offensively for the Lady Hounds, Shenker and Alanna Elliott had 2 singles each, Lexi Donati ripped 3 singles, Cassidy Marett doubled and Chelsea Rogel had an RBI double.

ä Jamestown 16, Mercer 14 (10 inn.) — At Jamestown, Isabella Greenawalt belted a 3-run walkoff home run in the 10th to lead the Lady Muskies (4-3) past Mercer.

Greenawalt hit for the cycle. She had a single, 2 doubles, tripled, the home run and drove in 7 runs.

The Lady M’s scored in the top of the 10th to take a 14-13 lead before Greenawalt connected for the game-winner in the bottom half of the inning.

Also for Jamestown, Brenda Kaller had 2 doubles and 3 RBI and Heather Williams was 4-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs.

Erynn Williams went the distance for the Lady Muskies. She struck out 5, walked 4 and gave up 17 hits.

Melissa Shoemaker suffered the loss for Mercer. She pitched 9-plus innings. Offensively for the Lady M’s, Aubrie Angermeier had a double and 3 singles, Shoemaker doubled and Emily Swartz ripped 2 singles and doubled.

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