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.
Maddie Elberty suffered the loss for the Lady Eagles (1-3). She struck out 1 batter, issued no walks and gave up 18 hits. At the plate, Lauren Wentz doubled for Grove City.
ä Wilmington 13, Saegertown 1 (5 inn.) — At New Wilmington, the host Lady ’Hounds hammered 3 homers en route to the abbreviated rout.
Lexie Donati drilled a 3-run round-tripper — as did Courtney Cohen — and 2 singles, good for 5 RBI. Also, Chelsea Rogel ripped a 2-run homer and single and Alanna Elliott tripled.
Winning pitcher Kayleigh Shenker tossed a 3-hitter, walking 1 and whiffing 6.
Brooke Parker suffered Saegertown’s setback, while Felisha Offi clubbed 2 hits.
ä Corry 6, Hickory 4 — At Corry, the visiting Lady Hornets left 10 runners on base as they dropped their season-opener to the Lady Beavers.
Shannon Baker fanned 9, walked 4 and gave up 4 runs on 9 hits to earn the win for Corry. Offensively for the Lady Beavers, Jillian Williams and Shana Merkle both went 2-for-3.
Chelsea Marriott started for Hickory and pitched 3 innings in the loss. She had 1 strikeout, issued 2 walks and surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits. Bailey Haines closed it out and walked 1 and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits with no strikeouts. Madison Collier went 2-for-4 with a single, double and 2 runs scored for Hickory. Also, Sabrina Black singled and doubled and Mikhaila Layshock doubled.
ä Mercer 19, Slippery Rock 2 (3 inn.) — At Brandy Springs Park, Mercer, the host Lady M’s benefitted from a bevy of free passes.
Winning pitcher Melissa Shoemaker fanned 4, walked 1 and did not permit a hit. Emily and Kelsey Swartz, Aubrie Angermeier and Haylie Glass garnered hits for Mercer.
Corybon suffered the setback for Slippery Rock.
ä Union City 10, Kennedy Catholic 5 — At Hermitage, the Lady Bears’ Noelle Wienczkowski struck out 11 batters, walked 4 and only allowed 4 hits as UC beat KC in the season-opener fo the Lady Golden Eagles.
KC’s Emilee Taylor also had 11 strikeouts and issued 4 walks, but gave up 6 hits.
At the plate for Union City, Wienczkowski tripled and singled and Carla Williams had 2 singles.
For KC, Donique Marcello, Amanda Natale, Jessie Micco and Rachel Ritz all singled.
ä The Jamestown at Reynolds game was postponed due to poor field conditions. No makeup date was announced.
ä Grove City 5, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, the Eagles of Coach Shawn Sowers rolled in the non-region clash. Grove City is 2-1 overall.
Singles: Chris Adams def. Randy Bearer, 6-3, 6-2; Evan Lowers def. Zach Shutty, 6-0, 6-0; Jacob Shilling def. Josh Davis, 6-2, 7-6 (2). Doubles: Andrew McCracken-Frankie Bassani def. Conner Eisermann-Austin Dailey, 6-1, 6-0; Tanner McKight-Steven Shi def. Jacob Kennelly-Jake Meals, 6-4, 6-2.
ä John F. Kennedy 4, Hickory 1 — At Hickory courts, the Ohioans prevailed and Hickory droped to 1-3 on the season. Michael Funera was the lone winner for the Hornets.
Singles: Tyler Cole (W) def. Ross Rosati, 6-0, 6-0; John Nader (W) def. John Smoltz, 6-2, 6-2; Funera def. John LaPalla, 6-4, 7-5. Doubles: Billy Phillips-Daniel LaPallas (W) def. Zack Walters-Alex Geagescu, 6-1, 7-5; Zach Shaaf-Ellie Cole (W) def. Jeremy King-Stephen Petrochko, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
ä Grove City 11, Gen. McLane 10 — At Memorial Park, the Pat Forese-era in Eagles’ baseball gave way to Billy Herman. Forese, who founded the diamond program, retired after the 2013 season.
Dustin Maine made a winner of Grove City with a walkoff, 7th-inning single, Herman reported.
Grove City trailed 8-3 after 4 frames, but rallied in a game that included 4 lead changes, Herman noted.
Reliever Kyle Shingledecker, the last in a series of Grove City moundsmen, was credited with the win. Also for the Eagles (1-1), Jordan Anderson annexed 3 hits (2 doubles), Jarrett Sample stroked another 3, with 2 RBI, and Matt Gordon garnered 2 hits.
For Gen. McLane (0-1), reliever Correll suffered the setback. Comlos clubbed a double and home run for the losing Lancers, while Correll collected 3 hits.
ä Hickory 19, Rocky Grove 5 — At Rocky Grove, Coach Gary Hinkson’s Hornets improved to 3-0 with the win over the Orioles.
James Dorko started and went 4 innings for Hickory while Anthony Cannone pitched the final 3 frames. Dorko fanned 3, walked 1 and gave up 3 earned runs.
Contributing to Hickory’s offensive output: Brady Leunis, 2-for-5, 3 RBI; Tyler Cannon 3-for-5 with 3 RBI; Tommy Cannon, 3-for-4 (2 doubles), 2 RBI; Patrick Moldovan, 3-for-4, 2 RBI; Nate Mastrian, 2-for-3, and Anthony Cannone, 3-for-4 (double), 2 RBI.
For The Grove, Adam Kirwin clubbed a solo shot, Cale Updegrave garnered 2 doubles and a single, and Nate White whacked a two-bagger. Reliever White was tagged with the loss, yielding 5 runs on 7 hits.
ä Reynolds 5, Wilmington 4 — At Transfer, Trey Vigus’ walk-off single scored Adam Ballish with the game-winner for the host Raiders.
Reynolds trailed, but tallied twice in the 6th stanza off Wilmington reliever Nate Anthony, who worked an 1 1/3 innings and entered with a 1-run lead.
Raiders’ righty Jack Mahlon mustered 9 strikeouts in 5 frames at the outset, but permitted a handful of hits, walked 4 and hit 3 batters. Reynolds’ reliever Nick Fuchs was credited with the win. In 2 innings he allowed a hit, walked 2 and whiffed 2.
Also for Reynolds (1-1), Jacob Reimold ripped a solo shot and single.
Wilmington is 0-1.
ä Sharon 7, Kennedy Catholic 4 — At Johnny Pepe Field, the host Tigers triumphed.
Sharon scored 4 runs in the 4th frame.
Noah Nichols notched 3 hits (double) and 3 stolen bases for Sharon, while Joey Rahn ripped a single and double and Jeremy Marngoni garnered 2 more hits.
Jonathan Williams, Marangoni and Rahn took turns for the Tigers on the hill, combining for 6 strikeouts and yielding only a half-dozen hits. Sharon starter Williams was the winner.
Keying Kennedy Catholic was Danny Fill, who singled and doubled. Ammann, Paul Spondike and Branca all saw action on the mound, Ammann, the starter, was tagged with the loss, pitching 4 frames.
ä Commodore Perry 14, Sharpsville 8 — At South Py, the host Blue Devils (1-1) tied the game 8-all in the bottom of the 6th, but the Panthers plated 6 runs in the top of the 7th for the win.
Tyler Fattman earned the win for CP. He fanned 3 in 2 innings of relief. Matt Jones started and went 4 innings with 7 strikeouts, 3 walks and 2 hits. Matt Jones and Scott Simcoe had 2 singles each for CP, while Fattman doubled and singled.
Logan Eckles, Mitch Fyffe, Jonathan Parry and Adam Jones all pitched for Sharpsville with Jones taking the loss. They combined for 15 strikeouts and 7 hits. At the dish for the Devils, Fyffe had 2 singles and 2 RBI, Tanner Morris and Chris Enos ripped 2 singles each and Ricky Christoff doubled.
ä West Middlesex 7, Mercer 2 — At Veterans Memorial Field in Brandy Springs Park, Riley Atterholt fanned 13, walked 5 and only allowed 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings in leading coach Jerry Novosel’s Big Reds to a season-opening win.
Offensively for WM, Dylan Fair was 4-for-4 with a double, Christian Porterfield and Mark Colella was 3-for-4 and Aaron Webb went 2-for-4 with a double.
Nate Guiler was tagged with the loss for Mercer. He led them at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with 1 run scored.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington 88, Mercer 61 — In the County Seat, the visiting Greyhounds were led by multiple winners Masters (800, 1600), Cooper (200, 400), and Perrine (long, triple jumps).
Davis (high hurdles) and Haines (pole vault) won individually, and also were part of the winning sprint-relay for Mercer.
ä Lakeview 132, Reynolds 18 — At Lakeview, the hosts rolled to an easy victory, dominating in almost every event in the dual-meet opener.
Blake Reddick was a double winner in the 200 (23.8) and 400 (54.5), while Hunter Armstrong topped the shot (40-11) and discus (131-10), and Robbie Stringer toped the 300 hurdles and triple jump and lent a leg to the 4x4 relay. Tyler Gongloff was the lone winner for Reynolds, topping the pole vault.
ä West Middlesex 103, Sharpsville 43; West Middlesex 125, Kennedy Catholic 21 — At West Middlesex, Isaac Williams, Chandler Tyillian, Joey Trippy and Eric Lucich won 2 events each as the Big Reds rolled.
Williams won the 1600 and ran the anchor leg on the winning 3200 relay team, Tyillian captured the 400 and long jump, Trippy won the 200 and ran on the 1st-place 400 relay squad and Lucich copped the high jump and pole vault.
Tyler Confer won the 100, 800 and 1600 relay (opening leg) for Sharpsville and Phillips led KC with wins in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Wilmington, 97, Mercer 53 — In the County Seat, the visiting Lady Hounds had a plethora of multiple-event winners, including Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps), Tessa Sikora (200, high jump) and Julie Falvo (shot, disc), as well as Rikki Brumbaugh (800, 1600).
Mercer’s Megan McKinney mustered wins in the high and intermediate hurdles and also anchored the Lady M’s winning sprint-relay quartet.
ä West Middlesex 95, Sharpsville 46; West Middlesex 119.5, Kennedy Catholic 19.5 — At West Middlesex, Alyson Pierce and Sarah Lucich were triple-event winners as the Ms. Reds earned 2 wins.
Pierce won the 200-meter dash (29.2) and ran on the winning 400 (57.3) and 1600 (4:32) relay teams. Lucich captured the shot put (26-8), discus (89-3) and javelin (114-2).
Madison Przicina led Sharpsville with wins in the 100 (13.6) and 800 (2:32.5). Thomas (100) and Moroco (400) earned wins for Kennedy Catholic.
ä Lakeview 108, Reynolds 32 — At Stoneboro, the host Lady Sailors coasted to the season-opening win.
Leading Lakeview (1-0) were Marissa Schell, Andrea McConnell and Hannah Jacob (legs on 2 winning relays), Marla Holland (200, sprint- and mile-relays), Taylor Reed (100, sprint-relay) and Tia Ray (high, intermediate hurdles).
Rachel Toy swept the shot and ’disc and Brooke Bresnan won the javelin for Reynolds.
GC coach Bell retired — sort of!
You can take the man out of coaching, but you can’t take coaching out of the man.
Former Grove City High football coach Jeff Bell has spent his first few months of retirement hearing the ping of a baseball ricocheting off an aluminum bat instead of clap of shoulder pads coming together.
“My grandson Maddox (Bell) and a few of his friends play on a traveling team, so I’m helping out with that,” said Bell, who retired as the Eagles’ football coach this past winter. “They’re a good group of kids to work with and this is a lot more enjoyable. It’s a lot less stress.
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Former Hickory High athlete Amanda Budzowski is on the run — the run to raise money to fight cancer.
Budzowski is part of Team in Training, an organization that has raised more than $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society since forming in 1988. Her division is known as IRONTEAM and she is currently training for the 140.6-mile Ironman triathlon in Mont Tremblant, Canada, in August.
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SO FAR, so good. I’m referring to the start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians after the All-Star break on Friday night.
Both teams rallied to win. The Buccos beat the Colorado Joints — err, I mean Rockies — by coming from behind in the 8th inning. Since they legalized marijuana sales in that state, it gave new meaning to John Denver’s song “Rocky Mountain High.”
Rutters earn spot in national motocross event
The brother-sister racing duo of Elijah and Dannah Rutter of Mercer are set to travel to Hurricane Mills, Tenn., to compete soon in the prestigious 33rd annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships presented by AMSOIL at Loretta Lynn Ranch.
Elijah, 18, and Dannah, 16, earned a ticket to the event with their performances at qualifiers and then regionals and are among the top 5 percent of riders in the U.S. Overall, 20,000 hopefuls from across the U.S. competed and there are only 1,446 qualifying spots at nationals.
Notebook: Sharon football greats meet, reunite at inaugural golf scramble
Mid-July, with the temperature 80-plus degrees at Avalon at Buhl Country Club; however, it felt like a fall, football Friday.
The inaugural Sharon Football Boosters 4-man golf scramble took place recently, and served as a Who’s Who in the Tigers’ triumphant tradition.
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The announcement that “King James” is returning to Cleveland has created a level of euphoria not seen since the Browns won the city’s last major sport championship a couple of years ago.
What’s that? Oh, yeah — make that 50 years ago (1964).
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Snyder, Gordon, Popatak named to All-State team
Grove City High’s David Gordon, Sharpsville’s Greg Popatak and Lakeview’s Logan Snyder recently were named to the Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association all-state team.
Synder was selected 1st-Team in Class A as a designated-hitter, while Gordon was honorably-mentioned in Class AAA and Popatak similarly was honored in AA. Gordon gained his laurels as a pitcher; Popatak as a 3rd baseman.
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Little League Tournaments
Sharon won the District 2 Major Division (12-year-olds) Championship, while Greenville 9-10 and West Middlesex 11 teams notched tournament victories in recent action.
Hermitage Brennan Chiropractic won the Mercer County 14-under championship recently.
Following are game reports:
The First Tee of Sharon celebrates 15th anniversary
Professional golf star John Cook has received many honors and awards in his illustrious career, but probably none mean as much as those similar to the one he received Monday afternoon at The First Tee of Sharon.
During a special ceremony to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the local program, a permanent plaque was unveiled in his honor describing the contributions he has made to junior golf.
SPORTVIEW: John Cook here Monday for First Tee; other celebs on July 11
THE RETURN of Tiger Woods to a PGA event sparked a lot of interest this past week. The return of John Cook to Buhl Farm Golf Course Monday will do the same locally.
Cook, a standout on the Champions Tour and outstanding TV golf analyst, will conduct a clinic at 11 a.m. Monday at the course to help celebrate the 15th anniversary of The First Tee of Sharon program.
It is open to the public at no charge.
Hickory honors Tri-Athletes
Hickory High honored its 2013-14 tri-athletes in a recent ceremony, the latest installment in a program that began in 2003-04.
Fifty student-athletes (grades 9-12) were cited for having competed in at least one sport in the fall, winter and spring while maintaining a minimum B (85 percent) grade-point-average during the first three 9-week grading periods of the academic year.
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