At Buhl Farm Park, the annual event was won by Warren (65), which outdistanced Grove City (19), Greenville (18), Hickory (16), Sharon (11), Titusville and Kennedy Catholic (6), Rocky Grove (3), and Meadville and Oil City (0).
Matt and Nathan Sandberg and Conner Clendenen won Warren’s singles crowns, as did the doubles duos of Grayson Foley-Nick Tarpenning, Ylli Bakalli-Liam Boger, Bryce Bauer-Phil Hachula and Dylan Hansen-Nathan Schultz.
Greenville’s Chad Ferguson, at 1st singles, was Mercer County’s lone titlist in the 10-team, 164-player field, tournament director Sue McLaughlin reported.
The event is sponsored by the Buhl Frm Park tennis program.
ä 1st — Semifinals: Ferguson (G) def. Matt Welker (GC), 8-3; Shane Burns (W) def. Ross Rosati (H), 8-0. Championship: Ferguson def. Burns, 10-9(7-4).
ä 2nd — Semifinals: M.Sandberg def. Seth Jaussen (G), 8-3; John Smaltz (H) def. Doug McVehil (S), 8-1. Championship: Sandberg def. Smaltz, 10-4.
ä 3rd — Semifinals: N.Sandberg def. Jesse Kirila (KC), 8-2; Chris Adams (G), def. Mike Funera (H), 8-7(7-2). Championship: Sandberg def. Adams, 10-0.
ä 4th — Semifinals: Clendenen def. Skylar Villegas (S), 8-4; Mercer Martin (G) def. Josiah Leach (T), 8-1. Championship: Clendenen def. Martin, 10-7.
ä 1st — Semifinals: Foley-Tarpenning def. Dylan Motta-Frankie Bassani (GC), 8-1; Nick Petrochko-Nelson Murphy (H) def. Stephens Edge-Drew Grabigel (KC), 8-7(7-1). Championship: Foley-Tarpenning def. Petrohko-Murphy, 10-2.
ä 2nd — Semifinals: Bakalli-Boger def. Devon Pettit-Faith Champion (T), 8-1; Brandon Bittler-Darin Perozich (S) def. Kyle Yeakle-Andrew McCracken (GC), 8-5. Championship: Bakalli-Boger def. Bittler-Perozich, 10-7.
ä 3rd — Semifinals: Bauer-Hachula def. Travis Williams-Jake Cochran (RG), 8-2; Ravi Patel-Lee Wishing (GC) def. Joseph Wizorek-Travis Harakal (G), 8-0. Championship: Bauer-Hachula def. Patel-Wishing, 10-8.
ä 4th — Semifinals: Hansen-Schultz def. Sean McGinnis-Tristan Boger (W), 8-7(7-2); Eric & Mark Cecco def. Neil Morrison-Noah Colvin (W), 8-5. Championship: Hansen-Schultz def. Cecco-Cecco, 10-8.
ä Sharon 7, Commodore Perry 6 — For Sharon High’s baseball team, it’s a process of elimination.
That’s not to imply the Tigers have been eliminated from a postseason berth — quite the contrary, as Sharon stalks Sharpsville in the Region 2-AA race.
But the Tigers’ approach in pursuing the playoffs is to take each outing as a win-or-go-home scenario, such as Wednesday’s 7-6 win over Commodore Perry.
“We’ve been approaching these games like they’re elimination games,” Tigers’ taskmaster Mike Tomko began. “We drew a game closer to Sharpsville — though I know they were playing (Wednesday), too — and we have two big games next week with Wilmington and Sharpsville.
“But, each game is an elimination game. Each game gives us 21 more outs, that’s how we’re approaching it,” Tomko added.
Vinnie Shaffer did not succeed in a save situation, but took the Tigers to the triumph at Johnny Pepe Field.
After surrendering Kendal King’s clutch 2-out, 2-run, game-tying single in the 6th stanza, Shaffer made amends in the home half.
Pinch-hitter Jonathon Williams’ leadoff grounder was bobbled, then he was sacrificed into scoring position by Justin Stefanowicz’s bunt. One out late Nick Carlo collected a 4-pitch walk from Panthers’ reliever Tyler Fattman, setting the stage for Shaffer.
On a 2-1 pitch, Shaffer singled to right-center for the go-ahead score, then retired the Panthers on only 7 pitches in the 7th to secure his 2nd win of the season.
“It was kind’ve gutsy,” Shaffer assesssed, echoing Tomko, “We’ve been preachin’ 21 outs gets us another game, so I knew coming in I had to get six outs, and that’s all I had to do.”
For the 2nd time this season hard-luck Sharon starter Cody Frazier’s fine performance did not result in a win. The right-handed Frazier’s 5-plus frames included 69 pitches (44 strikes), 6 hits, 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Shaffer entered with a runner on and no outs in the 5th. He struck out Matt Jones and enticed Daniel Addison’s ground out. However he left his 1-2 pitch out over the plate to No. 8 hitter Trevor Mitchell, and the latter responded with a run-scoring single, drawing the Panthers within 6-4.
After back-to-back singles from Fattman and Andy Jones, Kendal’s clean single’s through the box knotted the count at 6, with the fleet Fattman scoring the equalizer on a slide past Sharon backstop Josh Nichols’ tag.
“It was good to see that. We’d been a little flat through the past couple games. So to respond like that, I told them is a little heartbeat in a flat-line, so that’s a good thing for us,” 2nd-year Commodore Perry skipper Steve Pinney assessed. “A heartbeat is good.”
“I knew they were a good-hitting team, but I just tried to keep my composure, and keep the team positive,” Shaffer said regarding the Panthers’ productive 6th. “I knew we were gonna win the game in the bottom of the sixth.
“We got the first guy on base, moved him over, and all I had to do was get him in to score. I didn’t want to be a hero; just wanted to win the ballgame,” Shaffer added.
“I knew (Shaffer) was gonna be clutch in that situation,” Pinney said. “If we got him out there, I had good feelings about the game. But his base hit kind’ve helped pump him up coming back out on the mound (for the 7th).”
Sharon (7-3 region, 8-6 overall) scored 5 in the 2nd stanza with the benefit of only 1 hit — Daniel Vanderslice’s bunt with 2 on and no outs.
Addison, after retiring the Tigers on 9 pitches in the 1st, lost his command in the 2nd, laboring through a 43-pitch inning (16 strikes) in which he walked 5 and twice wild-pitched home runners. Andrew Tomko, Stefanowicz and Josh Nichols were credited with ribbies during the uprising. Sharon extended its lead to 6-0 in the 3rd when Shaffer drew a leadoff walk, was balked to 2nd, then scored on Tomko’s RBI-single.
But the Panthers produced a 3-run 4th, highlighted by Andy Jones’ leadoff double to right-center, and run-scoring singles from King, Lou Emmett and Addison.
King’s 3-for-4 plate performance paced the Panthers (3-7, 3-7), while Andy Jones joined in with 2 hits. In all, Perry pounded 9 safeties; however, a half-dozen potential Panthers’ runs were stranded.
“We’re actually only 10 games into the season; we’re gonna finish half of our season in the next two weeks,” Pinney pronounced. “So we have plenty of games left, plenty of opportunities.”
Sharon stroked only 3 safeties, but its patience produced 11 walks, a hit-batsman, and another baserunner via an error. Sharon’s small-ball paid off, illustrated by Shaffer reaching base in all 4 at-bats — 3 walks and his hit.
“I knew their pitching was nicked up, so we waited on them a little bit, waited on them and drew some walks,” Tomko said. “What I like most was the seventh. We got the leadoff guy on ... bunted him over, then got the hit to score him. That’s baseball.”
Note: In spite of a pair of 9-pitch innings, southpaw Addison annexed exactly 100 pitches (44 strikes) in 4ì innings, yielding 6 runs on only 1 hit, but issued 9 walks and hit a batter. Fattman, after retiring Leo Rahn on a fly ball on his 1st and only pitch of the 5th as Sharon stranded a bases-loaded, 2-out situation, threw 31 pitches in the 6th (13 strikes). — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä West Middlesex 7, Reynolds 0 — At Transfer, West Middlesex’s Mark Colella clubbed 3 home runs — all solo shots — to lead the visiting Big Reds.
“ ... In recent memory ...” 33rd-year Middlesex mentor Jerry Novosel responded when asked if Colella’s clubbing was a single-game school record.
Also for West Middlesex (6-4 region), winning pitcher Sage Pope produced a complete-game 2-hitter, whiffing 10 and walking 2. Also, Trey Staunch singled and tripled, Brandon Dick doubled, and Aaron Webb whacked 2 hits.
Reynolds’ starter Kellen Gursky suffered the setback. Ed’s baseball
ä Hickory 13, Mercer 0 (5 inn.) — At Hermitage, Mark DiBattiste and Jason Gay combined to pitch an abbreviated 1-hitter as the Hornets (7-4, 8-7) beat the Mustangs.
DiBattiste pitched the first 3 innings with 1 strikeout. Gay closed it out with 2 strikeouts, 1 walk and gave up the hit. Jake Andrezejewski singled and doubled for the Hornets.
Zach Wimer gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning in the loss. Wimer, Landon Glass, Ryan Thorn, Xian Messett, Logan Clarke and Danny Miller all pitched for Mercer. Miller singled for the lone hit.
ä Sharpsville 9, Wilmington 8 — At New Wilmington, Tyler Wansack ripped a 2-out, RBI-single to left field in the 7th inning to snap an 8-all tie and lift the Blue Devils (9-1, 11-3) past the Hounds.
Wansack had 3 hits, including a triple, and 3 RBI, Jalen Mockabee was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, Tanner Morris ripped 2 singles and a double, and Taylor Lenzi and Jake Bulick both had a pair of 2-run singles.
Lenzi started for Sharpsville and George Keck earned the win. He pitched 2 innings of relief and allowed 1 run on 2 hits.
Ryan Brumbaugh suffered the loss for Wilmington. Offensively, Nate Anthony had 4 hits, including leading off the game with a homer, Brumbaugh collected 2 singles and a triple and Davis Smith singled, doubled and tripled.
ä Grove City 4, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, Matt Gordon fired a complete-game 3-hitter with 14 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Eagles (6-0, 11-3) clinched at least a tie for the Region 6 championship,
Dustin Maine had the big hit for GC as he drilled a 2-out, bases-loaded double in the 3rd inning to clear the bases. Ryan Grace doubled and Jesse Hodge had 2 singles for the Eagles.
Dan Staub pitched 6 innings for the Oilers. He whiffed 2, walked 3 and yielded 3 runs on 4 hits. Tyler Lockhart doubled.
ä Wilmington 6, Jamestown 1 — At New Wilmington, Abby Sotter fired a complete-game 4-hitter with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Lady Hounds (5-1, 11-2) beat the Lady Muskies.
Erynn Williams went the distance for Jamestown. She struck out 3 batters, issued 5 walks and gave up 9 hits.
Courtney Cohen had 2 singles and 3 RBI for Wilmington, Cassidy Marett ripped a pair of singles, Megan Houyouse collected a pinch-hit double and Sotter added a 2-run single.
Mackenzie Adams drove in Jamestown’s lone run with a single.
ä West Middlesex 14, Kennedy Catholic 0 (5 inn.) — At Hermitage, Jordyn Allen twirled a complete-game 3-hitter (3 singles) with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk in leading the Ms. Reds (5-1, 7-3) to the win.
Taylor Gilliland drilled a 3-run triple for WM, Megan Hazlett had 3 singles and Abby McAdams doubled.
Emilee Taylor and Abby Ferlin split time on the mound for KC. Taylor had 2 strikeouts, 2 walks and gave up 4 hits in 2 innings while Abby Ferlin fanned 3, issued 8 walks and yielded 5 hits.
Taylor, Anna Benson and Maria Messina all singled for the Lady Golden Eagles.
ä Hickory 12, Meadville 2 (5 inn.) — At Hermitage, Danielle Collier’s 3-for-4 offensive outburst included 2 triples, and McBride and Victoria Tomko tattooed 2 hits each for the host Lady Hornets.
Also for Hickory (5-2, 8-2), Chelsea Marriott and Courtney Maniscalco muscled doubles. McBride drove in 3 runs and Maniscalco, Marriott and Collier 2 apiece.
Winning pitcher Lauren Kizak KO’d 10 in tossing a 2-hitter. She walked 1 and only 1 of MASH’s 2 runs were earned.
For Meadville, Smith stole 3 bases, tallied twice, and stroked a single, and Woods drove in a run. Losing hurler Rhoades was victimized by the Lady Hornets’ 11-hit attack. She walked 6 and struck out 2.
ä Lakeview 12, Commodore Perry 5 — At Stoneboro, CP took a quick 2-0 lead, but the Lady Sailors cut the lead to 2-1 and then plated 6 unanswered runs over the 2nd and 3rd innings en route to the win.
Katie Watts went the distance for Lakeview. She fanned 3, walked 3 and gave up 8 hits.
Watts had a 2-run double, Madison Barish had 2 hits and 2 RBI, K. Hoogstad tallied 1 hit and 3 RBI and Natalie Grant registered 1 hit and 2 RBI.
Emily Sanner and Emily Kitchen pitched for CP. Sanner had 1 strikeout, 2 walks and yielded 5 runs on 3 hits in 2 innings while Kitchen fanned 4, issued 5 walks and surrendered 7 runs on 5 hits.
Alexis Nagy doubled, singled and drove in a run for the Lady Panthers and Sanner and Devon Sernik had 2 singles each.
ä Brookfield 3, Niles 2 — At Waddell Park in Niles, Lyndsey Berecek tossed a 6-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks as the Lady Warriors (10-3) edged Niles.
Lauren Hawley led the way for Brookfield at the plate with 2 singles, 2 RBI and 3 stolen bases and Megan Ellcessor had an RBI double.
Hope Callen went the distance for Niles. She fanned 3 and gave up 7 hits. At the plate, Callen had 2 doubles and drove in a run.
A report from Sharon High track team in Wednesday’s Herald reported that the the Lady Tigers’ 1600-meter relay team broke a school record (4:09) with a clocking of 4:04.26.
According to former long-time coach Chris Houck, the school record was set in 1985 as reported, but it was 3:59.10 by Cecelia Rice, Tonya Hughes, Lynne McKee and Alisa White.
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.
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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.
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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).
Buddy Guerino Tourney winding down
Hoops action continued on Friday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Tournament at Sharpsville High and Elementary Schools.
KC, Hickory girls win Guerino semifinal games
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