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).
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.
Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins
ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.
Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win
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.
Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles
The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.
SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move
ONE OF THE strangest NFL moves I’ve seen in a long time involved the Philadelphia Eagles releasing DeSean Jackson.
Jackson is one of the top wide receivers in the league and a danger to score every time he touches the ball, including punt returns. But the big question is: Why was he just released? Couldn’t they find a trade at least to get some value back?
WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals
The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).
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