ä Mercer 14, Reynolds 4 — At Transfer, Melissa Shoemaker fired a no-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 5 walks as coach Jack Trott’s Lady M’s (3-0) defeated the Lady Raiders.
Hailey Gearhart suffered the loss for Reynolds. She struck out 3, walked 3 and allowed 8 runs on 8 hits in 3 1/3 innings of mound duty. Paige Baker came on in relief and finished the game. She whiffed 3 batters and surrendered 6 runs on 6 hits.
For Mercer, Aubrey Angermeier singled and doubled, Heather Woods ripped 2 singles and a triple, Analise Whenry singled and doubled and Ashley Ryder had a double.
ä Sharon 5, Grove City 1 — At Wengler Field in Sharon, Gabby Gadola fired a complete-game 5-hitter with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Lady Tigers (3-0) topped the Lady Eagles (0-4).
Aubriana Dellibovi led the Sharon offense with 2 singles and 3 RBI, Mallory Torr singled and doubled, Kristina Jacoway ripped a 2-bagger and Marissa Monnin added a pair of singles.
Taylor Shingledecker took the loss for GC in pitching 2 2/3 innings. She struck out 6 batters, issued 3 walks and gave up 5 hits.
Micaela King doubled for the Lady Eagles and McClaren had 2 singles.
ä Sharpsville 15, Cambridge Springs 5 (5 inn.) — At Sharpsville, McKenzie Popatak belted a 2-run homer and singled in leading the Blue Darlings (2-1) past CS.
Rachel Harenchar and Eugena Davies both singled, doubled and tripled for the locals, Maddie Shuttleworth ripped 3 singles, Megan Davis had 2 singles and Katie Falconi doubled.
Shuttleworth earned the win. She struck out 2 batters and gave up 8 hits.
Parkin took the loss for Cambridge Springs. She walked 5 and gave up 15 hits. McKayla Zilhaver doubled and Kristen Kargol singled and doubled for CS.
ä West Middlesex 5, Maplewood 1 — At the Richard Kritz Softball Complex in West Middlesex, coach Gene Rubeo’s Ms. Reds improved to 2-2 with the 4-run win over the Lady Tigers.
Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 5-hitter for WM. She fanned 6 and walked 1.
Molly Stitt blasted a 2-run triple for WM, Chelsea Reed had 2 singles, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored and Abby McAdams registered a pair of singles, 1 RBI and scored a run.
“This is Molly’s (Stitt) first year,” said Rubeo. “She runs track and plays volleyball and decided to come out for the team. What a great kid! She tripled in a loss to Mercer the other day and drove in 2 with a triple today. She never played fastpitch before. Talk about an athlete. She has contributed immediately and we are ecstatic to have her.”
Taylor Smith went 6 innings in the loss for Maplewood. She had 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and gave up 6 hits. Abby Sansom had 2 singles for the Lady Tigers.
ä Hickory 13, Ft. Mill 11; Hickory 7, Ft. Mill 4 — At. Ft. Mill, S.C., Hickory opened the season with a pair of wins in a doubleheader.
In the opener, Chelsea Marriott fanned 6, walked 7 and gave up 8 hits. At the plate, Morgan McBride was 2-for-3 with a solo home run, Courtney Maniscalco had 2 doubles, singled and drove in 3 runs, Hannah Gallagher was 2-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI and Mikhaila Layshock singled, doubled and drove in a run.
In the nightcap, Lauren Kizak fanned 3, walked 1 and gave up 7 hits for Hickory. Offensively, McBride singled, doubled and drove in 2 runs, Marriott was 2-for-4 with a 2-run homer, Alyssa Kostka ripped 3 singles and drove in a run and Madison Collier singled, doubled and drove in a run.
ä Sharon 5, Mercer 4 (9 inn.) — At Sharon, the Tigers (2-1) rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th inning to force extra innings and then Nick Carlo doubled to score Josh Nichols in the 9th for the win.
In the 7th, Nichols walked and stole second base and Justin Stefanowicz drove him in to tie the game.
Joey Rahn and Daniel Vanderslice each pitched 4 innings for Sharon and Cody Frazier pitched the 9th. Rahn struck out 6, walked 5 and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and Vanderslice fanned 5, issued 2 free passes and surrendered 2 runs on 3 hits.
Nichols had 3 singles for the Tigers, Carlo doubled and singled, Mike Songer had 3 singles and Stefanowicz registered 2 singles.
Danny Miller pitched 7 innings for Mercer. He had 5 strikeouts, 4 walks and gave up 4 runs on 9 hits. Nick Guiler pitched the 9th frame.
Zach Wimer led Mercer at the dish with 2 singles. His 2-run single gave the Mustangs a 4-3 lead in the top of the 7th inning.
ä Hickory 5, Rocky Grove 1 — At Hermitage, the Hornets (1-5) picked up their 1st win of the season Saturday with a 4-run victory over the Orioles.
Brady Leunis threw a complete-game 4-hitter for Hickory. He collected 7 strikeouts and issued no walks.
Mark DiBattiste tripled and singled for the Hornets, Tommy Cannon had 2 singles and Jacob Andrusky doubled.
Dylan Propek took the loss for RG. He whiffed 2, walked 2 and gave up 5 hits in 4 2/3 innings. Breck Schneider finished the game in relief.
Schneider had 2 singles to pace Rocky Grove at the plate.
ä Grove City 11, Ft. LeBoeuf 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, the Eagles improved to 4-1 with the win over the Bison.
Ryan Grace earned the win on the mound. He had 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and allowed 9 hits in 6 innings.
Dustin Maine doubled for Grove City and Matt Gordon, Jordan Anderson and Jesse Hodge all had 2 singles.
Mike Steadman suffered the setback for Ft. LeBoeuf. He went 3-plus innings with 1 strikeout, 4 walks and allowed 5 runs to score.
Steadman singled and doubled and Levi Ehrhart and Josh Greggs both had 2 singles.
ä New Castle 8, Kennedy Catholic 7 — At New Castle recently, the hosts scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and 1 in the 7th to win it.
KC scored 4 in the 2nd inning, 1 in the 3rd and 1 in the 6th frame while NC had 2 in the 2nd, 2 in the 3rd, 1 run in the 5th frame and 2 in the 6th.
KC’s Guillermo Quimones scored in the top of the 7th frame to tie the game at 7-all, but New Castle plated the game-winner on a sacrifice fly.
Scott Moore and Paul Spondike pitched for KC. Moore fanned 4 and walked 2 in 4 innings of mound duty while Spondike closed it out and had 1 strikeout and 1 walk.
ä West Middlesex 7, Maplewood 0 — At West Middlesex, Riley Atterholt, Sage Pope and Christian Porterfield combined on a 4-hitter as the Big Reds improved to 2-1.
Atterholt and Pope pitched 3 innings each and Porterfield closed out the 7th. Atterholt fanned 3 and gave up 3 hits, Pope struck out 3 and allowed 1 hit and Porterfield had 2 Ks.
At the plate for WM, Atterholt had a pair of doubles and 3 runs scored, Brandon Dick doubled and Mark Colella and Porterfield were both 2-for-3.
ä Hickory 3, Greenville 2 — At Hermitage Friday, the Hornets won 2 of the singles matches and at No. 1 doubles as they edged the Trojans.
Singles: Chad Ferguson (G) def. Ross Rosati, 6-1, 6-1; John Smaltz (H) def. Seth Jaussen, 6-4, 6-3; Michael Funera (H) def. Joey Safner, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Doubles: Nick Petrochko-Nelson Murphy (H) def. David Jeffries-Trent McErlane, 6-1, 6-3; Jing Wu-Jonathan Stapchuck (G) def. Stephen Petrochko-Zach Walters, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
TRACK & FIELD
Wilmington’s Jon Yohman placed 1st in the discus (164-0 1/2) and 1st in the shot put (59-0) on Saturday at the South Hills Classic at Baldwin High School.
Hannah Drake took 1st in the triple jump (34-4) and 2nd in the long jump (17-0 1/2); Slavi Pontius was 2nd in the high jump (6-2) and Tyler Donati finished 2nd in the javelin (173-3).
Also, Julie Falvo placed 3rd in the discus (103-3) and 4th in the shot put (34-5) and Monica Johnson took 7th place in the shot (33-0).
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THE TALENTED — albeit underachieving — Detroit Lions commence camp July 27 in Allen Park, Mich. as the National Football League prepares for the 2014 season.
Racing to fight cancer
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.
SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians need fast start after All-Star break
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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HAPPY DAYS are here again. The prodigal child has returned!
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.
SPORTVIEW: Ex-Greenville man to enter Bedford County Hall
HUGHEY TATE was the greatest baseball player that ever lived — hitting 10,000 home runs and never making an out in 50 years on the diamond.
OK, that’s not true of course. But that’s the way Hughey would have told it before bursting into laughter.
Tate, a Greenville man who was as good at spinning a yarn as well as he was in hitting home runs, will be inducted posthumously into the Bedford County (Pa.) Hall of Fame Saturday. Some of his relatives from this area will attend the ceremonies.
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