ä Brookfield 5, Sharpsville 4 — At Brookfield Twp. Park, the Lady Warriors (8-3) scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to post a thrilling win over the Blue Darlings.
Trailing 4-3 in their final at-bat, Ashleigh Vivo walked and was sacrificed to second base by Ciara Rotunno. Alisha Quinlan doubled home Vivo to tie it at 4-all and Kenyana Ashley singled home a pinch-runner from second for the game-winner.
Quinlan had the RBI double, Lyndsey Berecek ripped 2 doubles and drove in 3 runs and Destiny May was 2-for-4 with a triple.
Berecek earned the win on the mound. She struck out 7, walked 3 and only allowed 3 hits.
Maddie Shuttleworth was tagged with the loss for the Blue Darlings. She whiffed 2 batters, walked 4 and allowed 9 hits.
McKenzie Popatak belted a homer in her first at-bat. Sharpsville’s other 2 hits were singles.
ä Wilmington 15, Union 0 (3 inn.) — At New Wilmington, Abby Sotter and Kayleigh Shenker combined to pitch an abbreviated no-hitter as the Lady Hounds (10-2) rolled past the Scotties.
Sotter fanned 5 batters and walked 1 while Shenker had 1 strikeout.
Offensively for Wilmington, Alanna Elliott tripled and doubled, Cassidy Marett and Chelsea Rogel had 2 singles each, Aryn Boyer doubled and singled and Courtney Cohen had a 2-bagger.
No stats were submitted on Union.
ä Corry 7, Hickory 3 (7 inn.) — At Hermitage, the Lady Beavers took the lead in the 4th inning and closed out the victory against the Lady Hornets.
Madison Collier led the Hickory offense with a home run in the 6th inning. Danielle Collier and Hannah Gallagher doubled.
Chelsea Marriott and Lauren Kizak split time on the mound for Hickory. Marriott pitched 4 innings with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits. Kizak tossed the final 3 frames with 1 walk and yielded 4 runs on 5 hits.
Shannon Baker pitched all 7 innings for Corry. She fanned 6, walked 6 and surrendered 3 runs on 6 hits.
At the plate for the Lady Beavers, Baker had 2 hits, including a homer, and 2 RBI, Hannah Kondrlik notched 3 hits (1 homer) and 3 RBI and Rikki Gillihan added 2 hits and drove in a run.
ä West Middlesex 17, Mercer 2 (5 inn.) — At Veteran’s Field in Brandy Springs Park in Mercer, coach Jerry Novosel’s Big Reds pounded out 18 hits and rolled past the Mustangs.
Christian Porterfield led the way for WM by going 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and Jerrod Palmer and Trey Staunch were both 3-for-4. Also for the Big Reds, Mark Colella, Sage Pope and Brandon Dick were all 2-for-4 with a double.
Riley Atterholt picked up the mound win. He struck out 11 batters, walked 2 and only allowed 5 hits.
Logan Clarke singled and doubled for Mercer and Brayton Edwards belted a 2-run homer in the 1st inning. Danny Miller was the losing pitcher.
ä Grove City 5, Sharon 0 — At Grove City, the Eagles improved to 13-1 with the sweep of the Tigers.
Matt Welker, Evan Lowers and Chris Adams swept singles play for GC while Frankie Bassani and Dylan Motta and Kyle Yeakle and Andrew McCracken teamed up to sweep the doubles matches.
Singles: Welker (GC) def. Dylan Cerroni, 6-0, 6-0; Lowers (GC) def. Brandon Bittler, 6-0, 6-0; Adams (GC) def. Steven Merchant, 6-1, 6-1. Doubles: Bassani-Motta (GC) def. Jack Evans-Ryan Wagner, 6-3, 6-3; Yeakle-McCracken (GC) def. Skylar Villegas-Ross Ballard, 6-2, 6-3.
TRACK & FIELD
Coach Ed Pikna’s West Middlesex boys team placed 4th on Friday at the Mars Invitational. They finished behind Seneca Valley, Gateway and Hampton.
Speedster Clay Allen led the way for WM. He won the 200-meter dash (22.27), placed 2nd in the 100 (11.04), ran the anchor leg on the 3rd-place 400 relay squad (44.16) and was 4th in the long jump (20-8 1/2).
Sebastian Grasso, Austin Mirizio and Luke Patten were the other members of the 400 relay team.
Patten captured 1st place in the pole vault (14 feet) and Trevor Harrison was 2nd in the discus (146-6).
Roundup: Wilmington track teams sweep WM
ä Wilmington 98, West Middlesex 51 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Greyhounds gave the Big Reds their first home, dual-meet loss in approximately 4 seasons according to Middlesex mentor Ed Pikna.
Cooper (400, 800, distance- and mile-relay legs), jumper Perrine and sprinter Scott (100, 200) gave the Greyhounds the giddy-up by winning multiple events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
Baseball, softball and tennis teams were in action Monday as the nice weather allowed for high school spring sports action that has been limited so far by rain, snow and windy conditions.
Players relent, agree to play for reinstated football coach
Minnesota State University-Mankato's football team has ended its boycott of reinstated head coach Todd Hoffner, who successfully fought child pornography charges and other misconduct accusations that removed him from the job for 20 months.
Hickory track coaches near finish line
While the Shenango Valley lionizes legendary gridiron greats and hardwood heroes, the sport of track & field at Hickory High has resonated its relevance throughout District 10 and commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For the better part of the last 3 decades that was due, to a great extent, to the efforts of Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak.
More than 200 dual-meet victories combined between the girls’ and boys’ programs, 9 district championships (7 girls, 2 boys), 2 statewide runners-up berths and another pair of 3rd-place finishes, culminating in the Lady Hornets’ 2012 PIAA Class AA championship.
Their collective resumé would be envied by any coach, regardless of sport. Which makes this recent revelation regrettable: Dzuricsko and Slezak simultaneously will step down at this season’s conclusion.
SPORTVIEW: Cavaliers are example of how an owner impacts a team
WHEN LEBRON James vacated Cleveland for South Beach a few years ago, angry Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert declared that the Cavaliers would win an NBA championship before James and the Miami Heat.
How’s that working out, Dan?
Miami is seeking a third straight title this postseason while the Cavaliers are headed for the golf courses. Pretty sad.
Roundup: Trojans, Hounds win team titles at WM Invitational
Wilmington High girls and Greenville boys dominated the annual Big Red Track & Field Invitational Thursday afternoon in West Middlesex.
A half-dozen girls’ and 7 boys’ teams competed.
Wilmington overwhelmed the female field, as the Lady Greyhounds garnered almost twice as many points as runner-up Lakeview (236-5 to 133.5).
Roundup: WM diamondmen edge Reynolds, 6-4
ä West Middlesex 6, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, the Big Reds snapped a 4-all tie by plating a run in the 4th inning and another in the 7th in a 2-run win over the Raiders.
Mark Colella earned the mound win in a relief appearance for WM. No pitching stats were submitted.
Roundup: Hickory, Wilmington softball teams win
Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.
Fired coach in Mankato unjustly accused of visiting porn sites
Minnesota State University-Mankato officials wrongly accused former football coach Todd Hoffner of viewing pornography sites on his work computer before firing him last May, a state arbitrator has disclosed.
Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season
Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.
Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon
An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.
Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps
ä Wilmington 116, Reynolds 44 — At New Wilmington, the host Lady Hounds were led by Rikki Brumbaugh (4x8, 4x4 relay legs, 400- and 800-meter runs); Hannah Drake (long, triple jumps, 4x4 relay); Allison Baldwin (4x8 and 4x4 relay legs); Lexi Brumbaugh (1600-, 3200-meter runs, distance-relay leg), and Tessa Sikora (high jump, 200-meter dash, sprint-relay anchor).
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year
LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.
Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team
ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.
WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
Especially when it came time to choose those — whether players or coaches — who claimed the top individual awards.
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