By Herald Sports Staff
MERCER COUNTY AREA —
The annual Mercer County Track & Field Invitational will be held at Hickory High’s Hornet Stadium Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
Competing are all Mercer County teams, Class AAA and AA, as well as Slippery Rock. The meet serves as a warm-up to the District 10 championships set next week at Harbor Creek High.
Following are the top seeds in each event according to season performances:
4x800 relay—Grove City (Ian Brown, Daniel Jaskowak, Ryan Whiteman, John Scott Somora, Dillon McConnell); 110 hurdles—Kyle Trinch (Grove City); 100—Clay Allen (West Middlesex); 1600—Kevin Reno (Mercer); 400—Tyler Confer (Sharpsville); 4x100 relay—West Middlesex (Sebastian Grasso, Jeremy Jancso, Luke Patten, Allen, Joe Trippy, Austin Mirizio); 300 hurdles—Trinch; 800—Jaskowak; 200—Allen; 3200—Ryan Budnik (Grove City); 4x400 relay—Lakeview (Connor Stankovich, Zach Van Dusen, Billy Kinsey, Blake Reddick, Robbie Stringer, Devon Workman); Long jump—Jancso; Triple jump—Jon Jacoway (Sharon); High jump—Jacoway; Shot put—Jon Yohman (Wilmington); Discus—Yohman; Javelin—Matt Voytik (Hickory); Pole vault—Patten.
4x800 relay—Sharon (Brienna Roys, Xsilla Powell, Jessica Kirsch-Talbert, Zhane’a Davis, Leonna Bell, Thompson Tiaja); 100 hurdles—Janette Berger (Mercer); 100—Rebekah Petty (Greenville); 1600—Mary Jaskowak (Grove City); 400—Lauren Decker (Grove City); 4x100 relay—Greenville (Samantha Keys, Braleigh Knierman, Molly Montalvo, Bradi Osborne, Petty); 300 hurdles—Berger; 800—Abby Casalnova (Grove City); 200—Bell; 3200—Julia Schaufel (Greenville); 4x400 relay—Sharon (Bell, Kirsch-Talbert, Davis, Powell, Ra’Liya Rice); Long jump—Hannah Drake (Wilmington); Triple jump—Drake; High jump—McKenzie Fagan (Grove City); Shot put—Sophia Fustos (Hickory); Discus—Julie Falvo (Wilmington); Javelin—Sarah Lucich (West Middlesex); Pole vault—Petty.
ä Wilmington 13, Lakeview 0 (5 inn.) — At Stoneboro, Wilmington winning pitcher Abby Sotter silenced the Lady Sailors on just 2 singles. She struck out 7 and walked 1, and 45 of the 73 pitches she threw went for strikes.
Cassidy Marett, Lexi Donati and Alanna Elliot ended with 2 hits apiece for Wilmington, and each drove home a pair of runs for the Lady Hounds. Donati drilled a triple and home run, and Courtney Cohen and Marett drilled doubles, Marett muscled a triple, as did Elliot for Region 2-AA titlist Wilmington (6-1, 14-2).
Losing Lakeview pitcher K.Mahen gave up 11 hits, but was victimized the 3 Sailors’ errors. She and K.McClelland had the lone Sailors’ singles.
ä Sharpsville 6, West Middlesex 4 — At West Middlesex, the visiting Blue Darlings moved a step closer to annexing a District 10 playoff berth.
Winning pitcher Madelyn Shuttleworth went the distance, scattering 6 hits, though she issued 10 walks. Also for Sharpsville (7-2 region, 11-5 overall), Eugena Davies drilled a triple, Rachel Harenchar had a single and double, Alivia Shuttleworth and Megan Whalen whacked 3 and 2 hits respectively, and Kaitlyn Falconi doubled.
For Middlesex, losing hurler Jordyn Allen went the distance, permitting 10 hits and a handful of free passes. Allen singled and doubled and Aly Andrusky added 2 hits for the Ms. Reds.
Should Sharpsville beat Commodore Perry, which it hosts Monday, the Blue Darlings would advance to the postseason, a source said.
ä Hickory 12, Grove City 6 — At Memorial Park, Grove City, the visiting Lady Hornets’ Morgan McBride hammered a pair of home runs. McBride drove in 3 runs with 3 hits, while Danielle Collier collected 3 hits, as did Courtney Maniscalco. Also, Anna Abate added a single, double and 3 ribbies for Hickory (7-2 region, 10-2 overall).
Lauren Kizak KO’d 4 in 4 frames in which she permitted 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 runs, while Chelsey Marriott mowed down Grove City in the 5th, 6th and 7th on just 2 hits. She whiffed 2 and did not walk a batter for 1st-year coach Tanya McClafferty.
Belle Chiodi (4 innings, 8 hits 2 KOs, no walks), Cassie Feather and Maddie Elberty pitched for Grove City.
Jordan Hesselgesser, 2 hits, Taylor Shingledecker ,single, double, and Katie Maine, 3-run double, led the Lady Eagles (4-12) offense.
ä Reynolds 14, Commodore Perry 1 — At Sheakleyville, the visiting Lady Raiders ripped 18 hits for coach Wilbur Juranovich.
Sam Campbell, 4-for-5, and Kristen Shearer, 3-3, did the most damage, and both drilled doubles in support of winning pitcher Haley Gearhart. In frames she allowed just 2 hits, walked 1 and struck out 7.
Juranovich announced Paige Baker and Autumn Babcock recently announced they will matriculate at Clarion University to continue their education and softball careers.
Reynolds concludes its campaign Monday against Kennedy Catholic, needing a win to assure a playoff berth.
ä Kennedy Catholic 15, Farrell 0 (3 inn.) — At Farrell, the visiting Lady Golden Eagles eased to the win.
Winning pitcher Emilee Taylor did not allow a hit, walked 2 and whiffed 3 and helped herself by banging 2 hits and plating a pair. Also, Anna Benson belted a 3-run home run to key Kennedy (5-4, 6-6), and Donique Marcella doubled home 2 runs.
ä Jamestown 8, Sharon 3 (8 inn.) — At Wengler Field, the visiting Lady Muskies mounted a 5-run outburst in the 8th after Sharon rallied for a game-tying trio in its half of the 7th.
Nicole McElhaney muscled a game-winning 2-run home run in the 8th to jump-start Jamestown (3-4, 5-7).
Lady Muskies’ moundsman Marissa Hetrich went all 8 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs on 5 hts and 1 walk The righty struck out 7. Also, Isabella Greenawalt garnered 4 hits, and Erynn Williams, McKenzie Adams and McElhaney 2 apiece
Sharon starter Gabby Gadola also went the distance, but allowed a dozen hits and 2 walks. Sharon fell to 4-4 in its region.
ä Franklin 9, Grove City 7 — At Grove City Memorial Park, the Class AA Knights (9-4) plated 5 runs in the 6th inning to down the AAA Eagles (13-4).
Franklin grabbed a 4-1 lead in the 5th off GC starter Ben Lucas, but Grove City answered with 3 runs in the bottom half of the inning. After the visitors’ offensive explosion in the 6th, the Eagles mounted a 3-run mini-rally in the 7th, chasing Franklin starter Ryan Madden.
Matt Gordon led Grove City with a 3-for-4 plate performance with a solo homer, a 2-run blast and 3 RBIs. Ryan Grace doubled in a pair of runs, while Dustin Maine also doubled in a run. Jesse Hodge was saddled with the loss after surrendering 5 runs in 2 innings on 5 hits. Lucas tossed the first frames, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits.
Nick Emerson paced the Franklin offense with a pair of doubles, a 3-run home run, while Zach Goth singled, doubled and drove in 2. Madden earned the win by allowing 7 runs in 6ê innings on 8 hits, while striking out 5 and walking 3 — By Herald Sports Correspondent Corey J. Corbin.