The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


April 10, 2014

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.

At Johnny Pepe Field, Tanner Morris muscled a grand-slam home run to highlight a 6-RBI plate performance. Also, Garrison Wieland whacked 3 hits in his initial varsity start, and Greg Popatak pounded a pair of hits and reached base in all 5 of his at-bats.

Mitchell Fyffe, Tyler Wansack and winning pitcher lefty Logan Eckles each ended with 2 hits. Wansack walloped a 2-run double to highlight a 3-run 2nd stanza, and Eckles added a 2-run single in a 5-run 3rd inning. They evenly divided a half-dozen Blue Devils ribbies. Fyffe reached base 4 times and tallied 3 runs.

Sharpsville (2-2, 1-2) scored 4 first-frame runs and never trailed in the backyard, region rivalry. But even in defeat the Blue Devils have been denting the dish thus far this season.

“We’ve been hitting quite well, even against the teams we’ve lost to,” said Sharpsville skipper Mike Sikorski. “Our pitching really hasn’t been keeping us in games. We gave Hickory thirteen walks the other day, and they beat us 12-10; we almost beat them.

“Once our pitching comes back around, we have confidence in a lot of guys to go on the mound; it’s just that they’ve just got to used to being outside again. We haven’t even practiced on our field yet — outside.

“I think it’s just a matter of getting outside,” Sikorki assessed. “The team that came out (Wednes)day hitting is the team I expected to be there from the get-go. Our bats are getting going, and I think we’re ready for the rest of our region.”

Eckles ended up throwing 78 pitches (42 strikes) in 3 innings to gain credit for the win. He allowed 3 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 3. Righty Michael Vannoy closed out the final 2 innings in the abbreviated affair, striking out 2.

Catcher Danny Vanderslice slammed a 2-run home run in Sharon’s 2nd stanza and also added a single, while Andrew Tomko tattooed a two-bagger and Matt Wallace whacked a pair of hits. Sharon starter John Thiel suffered the setback.

Regarding Morris, who scored 4 times and also ripped a 2-run double, Sikorski praised, “Very good day. He’s seeing the ball well, hitting it where it’s pitched. He really crushed that grand slam.

“Garrison Wieland ... he’s just a freshman, but a very athletic baseball player,” Sikorski said. “It’s just a matter of time. We knew he has some power, but we really haven’t been outside to see it and evaluate it. We gave him a shot (Wednes)day, and I think he’s won a spot.

“Pitching is still a question — we want to see some kids get out on the mound, be successful and throw strikes,” Sikorski said. “That’s the key for us. If we throw strikes, I think we’ll field the ball behind (the pitching staff). And I think we’ll hit with any team in the league.” — By Herald assistant sports editor Ed Farrell.


ä Reynolds 4, Mercer 3 —
At Transfer, Collin Yake ripped a walkoff single scoring Jacob Leipheimer in the 7th inning to lift the Raiders (3-1) past the Mustangs.

Reynolds took a 2-0 lead in the 5th inning, but Mercer plated 3 runs in the top of the 6th for a 3-2 lead.

The Raiders’ Jack Mahlon tied the game at 3-all in the bottom of the 7th by hitting into a fielders choice to score Jakob Palmiter, then Yake hit the walkoff single.

Mahlon was 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI and Leipheimer had an RBI- double. Grey DiCiancio started for Reynolds and went 4 innings with 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and gave up 2 hits and no runs. Leipheimer pitched the 5th frame with 1 walk, 1 hit and no runs. Nick Fuchs closed out the final 2 innings and whiffed 3 and gave up 3 runs on 5 hits.

No Mercer stats were reported to The Herald.

ä West Middlesex 14, Commodore Perry 4 (6 inn.) — At West Middlesex, Dillon Fair fired a complete-game 8-hitter with 6 strikeouts and 6 walks as the Big Reds (3-0) beat CP.

At the dish for WM, Aaron Webb was 2-for-4 with a home run, Fair ripped a pair of doubles, Chaz Burger and Phillip Fusco both went 3-for-4, Trey Staunch singled and doubled and Brandon Dick went 2-for-4.

Matt Jones tookthe loss for CP. At the dish for the Panthers, Scott

Simcoe went 2-for-4, as did Matt Jones, who doubled twice, and Andy Jones drilled a double.


ä Hickory 16, Meadville 5 (5 inn.) —
At Meadville, 2nd-year Head Coach Tanya McClafferty’s Lady Hornets (1-1) pounded out 21 hits, including 4 home runs, in the rout of the Lady Bulldogs.

Hannah Gallagher led the hitting parade for Hickory with 4 hits, including a 2-run homer, and 3 RBI. Chelsea Marriott also belted a 2-run homer and Lesley Gargano and Morgan McBride each homered.

Megan Chess singled, hit a 2-run double and tripled, Mikhaila Layshock was 3-for-4 with a single and double and Madison Collier singled and doubled.

Bailey Haines went the distance for Hickory. She fanned 4, walked 1 and gave up the 5 runs on 7 hits.

ä West Middlesex 10, Kennedy Catholic 1 — At the Richard J. Kritz Softball Complex, West Middlesex, Jordyn Allen and Tori Roth limited KC to only 4 hits as the Ms. Reds (2-0) topped the Lady Golden Eagles (0-2). Allen struck out 11 batters, issued no walks and gave up the 1 run on 2 hits through 5 innings. Roth closed it out with 4 strikeouts, no walks and allowed 2 hits.

Offensively for WM, Abby McAdams had 2 singles and 3 RBI, Noelle Murray tripled and singled, Allen had 2 singles and Megan Hazlett doubled and singled.

Emilee Taylor went the distance for KC. She fanned 5, issued 3 walks and gave up 11 hits. She also led her team at the plate with a double and single.

ä Grove City 13, Slippery Rock 3 (5 inn.) — At Memorial Park, Grove City, the host Lady Eagles eased to the win as Jordan Malczak, Katie Maine and Hannah Bumbaco drove in 5, 4 and 3 runs, respectively.

Winning pitcher Maddie Elberty, in 5 frames, yielded 3 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. She whiffed 2. In addition to the aforementioned trio, each of whom stroked 2 safeties, Taylor Shingledecker singled and doubled.

Londey was the losing pitcher, though she whiffed 3, Bosch banged a triple for Slippery Rock (0-3), also.

ä Brookfield 3, Girard 1 — At Girard, Lauren Hawley went 4-for-4 with a triple, 2 RBI and a run scored in leading the Lady Warriors.

Brookfield took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning and tacked on 2 more runs for a 3-0 lead in the top of the 7th.

Offensively for Brookfield, Destiny May doubled and scored a run, Hayley Hogue went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored and Alisha Quinlan drove in a run. Quinlan (2-1) picked up the win. She struck out 1 batter, walked 1 and gave up 5 hits.

ä Sharpsville 16, Reynolds 3 (5 inn.) — At Transfer, the visiting Blue Devils (3-0) remained undefeated as Eugena Davis drilled 2 hits, scored once and plated a pair for Sharpsville.

Also contributing were: Olivia Shuttleworth, 2-for-3, 2 walks, 3 runs scored; Rachel Harenchar, 2-for-3, 2 RBI, 3 runs; winning pitcher Abby Ferlin, 4-for-4 (2 doubles, triple), 4 RBI, 2 runs; Kaitlyn Falconi, 3-for-4 (triple), 3 runs, 2 RBI Kailie Scurpa, double, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Leah LaRocca, double, run scored, 2 RBI; Brittany Fitzgerald, hit, run; Abby Piccirilli, hit, RBI.

Ferlin fired a 5-hitter, whiffing 2 and not issuing a walk.


ä Kennedy Catholic 5, Sharon 0 —
At Buhl Park, Nikolo Lima, Jesse Kirila and Jacob Wilson swept singles play and Paul Fusco-Peter Caiazza and Maxx Hudson-Jacob Schupp won in doubles as KC (1-3) won its 1st match of the season vs. the winless Tigers (0-4).

Singles: Lima (KC) def. Dylan Cerroni, 6-0, 6-2; Kirila (KC) def. Skylar Villegas, 6-0, 6-1; Wilson (KC) def. Luke Rueberger, 6-0, 6-1. Doubles: Fusco-Caiazza (KC) def. Andy Rauch-Christian Sumner, 7-5, 6-0; Hudson-Schupp (KC) def. Joey Zajac-Aaron Martwinski, 6-2, 6-1.

ä Hickory 4, Grove City 1 — At Grove City, Ross Rosati and Michael Funera grabbed singles wins and the Hornets (5-2) swept the doubles competition in a win over the Eagles.

Singles: Rosati (H) def. Chris Adams, 6-1, 6-3; Evan Lowers (GC) def. John Smaltz, 6-1, 6-4; Funera (H) def. Jacob Shilling, 6-0, 6-1. Doubles: Zack Walters-Alex Georgescu (H) def. Andrew McCracken-Frankie Bassani, 6-4, 6-4; Stephen Petrochko-Mark Dzapo (H) def. Tanner McKnight-Steven Shi, 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4.


Baseball: Wilmington at Hickory to April 16.

Softball: Jamestown at Wilmington to April 14.

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