The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 30, 2013


Herald staff

MERCER COUNTY — Sharpsville High senior righthander Jalen Mockabee tossed a complete-game 2-hitter Monday afternoon, leading the Region 2-AA-leading Blue Devils to a 2-0 win over Hickory.

At South Py, the masterful Mockabee struck out 6 and walked 5. Mark DiBattiste’s 5th-inning single broke up Mockabee’s no-hit bid. The visiting Hornets had the go-ahead runs on with 2 outs in the 7th after Mockabee allowed a base hit and back-to-back walks. However he retired Brooks Pletcher on a game-ending grounder.

Mockabee also played a part in Sharpsville’s 2nd stanza scores. He drilled a leadoff single, then after Tanner Morris’ 1-out base hit, both scored on Taylor Lenzi’s double for the Blue Devils (8-1 region, 10-2 overall).

For Hickory (5-4, 7-7), losing pitcher Steve Piston posted a 4-hitter, whiffing 2 and walking 2 in 6 innings.

ä Cathedral Prep 16, Grove City 6 (6 inn.) — At Ainsworth Field, Erie, the host Ramblers rolled.

Winning pitcher Carter Cross copped the win despite allowing 6 runs and 6 walks. He fanned 5 and helped himself by singling and doubling. Also, Ted DeSanti stroked 3 hits and Billy Fessler singled and doubled.

For Grove City (5-0 region, 10-3 overall), losing pitcher Ryan Grace gave up 8 runs (7 earned) in 4 frames, fanning 4 and walking 2. Also, Ben Lucas laced an RBI-double.


Franklin Invitational

Hickory High had several gold medalists during the recent event, including:

Sophia Fustos, shot put (43-10 3/4) and discus (121-0); Lexi Bible, 3200-meter run (12:19.43); DeShawn Coleman, 100-meter dash (11.04); Craig Belko, pole vault (12-6; Luke Lewis, shot (58-2) and disc (150-0).

Also, several relay teams finished 1st, including: 4x800 (Bible, Haley Boyd, Jackie Abraham, Jenna Placzek), 10:19.94; Derek Work, Logan Griffen, Marcus Sonoga, Kevin Jancsar), 8:31.52; 4x1 (Markus Schumacher, Michael Palumbo, Kenny Ezi-Ashi, Coleman), 43.77; 4x4 (Work, Mark Wagner, Jarret Sonoga, Jancsar), 3:34.42.

ä Runners-up included: Nikki Arbanas, 100- (13.33) and 200-meter dashes (27.92); Bible, 1600-meter run (5:34.75); Placzek, triple jump (33-3 1/4); Breanna Garthwaite, discus (114-8è), Work, 400-meter dash (53.07); Jeremy Orlik, shot (52-6è) and disc (147-5).

ä Placing 3rd: 4x1 relay (Victoria Russo, Arbanas, Morgan Pellis, Gretchen Bayer), 53.46; Claire Abdul-Malak, triple jump (32-11 1/4); Cailen Blaire, disc (109-8); Jancsar, 1600- (4:48.76) and 800-meter runs (2:04.91); Wagner, 400 (53.15).

ä Finishing 4th: Pellis, 200 (28.10); Abraham, 1600 (5:49.48); Boyd, 3200 (13:10.45); Work, 800 (2:06.76); Austin Aikins, shot (46-5) and disc (137-5).

ä Finishing 5th: Cali Free (54.52) and Bobby Marzano (44.35), 300-meter hurdles; Ezi-Ashi, 200 (24.19); Schumacher, 100 (11.61).

ä Standing 6th: 4x4 relay (Free, Placzek, Kaitlyn Slezak, Abby Murphy), 4:55.56; Garthwaite, shot, (33-5è); Ezi-Ashi, 100 (11.63); J.Sonoga, 400 (53.91); Kevin Hartenstein, 3200 (11:07.01).


Baseball—Lakeview at Rocky Grove, today; Kennedy Catholic at Jamestown, today; Reynolds at Commodore Perry, today; Sharon at Mercer, today; Wilmington at West Middlesex, TBA.

Softball—Lakeview at Rocky Grove, TBA; Reynolds, TBA.