Herald Staff reports



BASEBALL

ä Grove City 8, Hickory 1 — At Hermitage, Jesse Alfreno set a new Grove City High record for career home runs (13) on a 2-run fifth-inning blast down the left field line. The homer was Alfreno’s fourth in 7 games. He didn’t hit one as a freshman, then 6 as a sophomore and 3 as a junior.

Derek Caylor (’99) previously held the mark with 12.

Grove City (3-1 District 10 Region 5-AAA, 5-2 overall) took an early 1-0 lead in the third and Hickory answered in the fourth. The Eagles then scored 2 in the 5th, 3 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th.

Junior left-hander Bob Revesz pitched 6 innings, striking out 10, scattering 2 hits and not allowing an earned run. Alfreno sat down the Hornets 1-2-3 in the 7th.

Offensively for the Eagles, Alfreno went 3-for-4 with the homer, a double and 4 RBIs, while Beau Fisher went 2-for-4 with 2 runs, Craig Bolliver doubled home 2 runs and Revesz doubled home another.

For Hickory (3-1, 5-2), losing pitcher Cam Konop and Ross Voisey each stroked singles. Konop pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 3. Jim Neil pitched the final 2 innings, giving up 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 strikeouts and a walk. — By Allied News sports editor Corey J. Corbin.

ä Sharon 8, Reynolds 7 (8 inn.) — At Johnny Pepe Field, the host Tigers triumphed when pinch-runner Jeff Gavin scored on Mike Snyderwine’s single. Gavin was running for Brad Kiester, who led off Sharon’s eighth with a double, his third hit of the game.

Snyderwine gained credit for the mound win with 2 2/3 innings of 1-hit relief, walking 2 and permitting 2 runs. Sharon starter Todd Rearick recorded 3 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, but was touched for 9 hits and 5 runs (3 earned). Leading the offense for Sharon (4-2, 4-3), was Dan Hofius’ 4 hits, while Snyderwine added 2 hits. Hofius, Snyderwine and Rearick drilled doubles.

For Reynolds, reliever Tyler Micsky suffered the setback, yielding a handful of hits and 4 earned runs after Billy Nelson started. Dave Preston stroked 3 hits for Reynolds, Nick D’Urso added a pair, Casey Howsare singled and doubled, Micsky tripled and Nelson hammered a solo shot.

ä Kennedy Catholic 11, Wilmington 3 — At New Wilmington, southpaw Lee Sham shut down the host Hounds and his teammates tallied 13 hits. Sham struck out 6, walked 1 and fired a 4-hitter. Every KC starter stroked at least 1 hit, led by Eddie D’Onofrio’s 3-for-3, 5-RBI plate performance that included a 3-run ’dinger. Also, Pat O’Mahony and Mike Moroco each stroked a pair of safeties for the Golden Eagles (3-6).

Starter Colin Fulkman suffered the setback on the hill for the Hounds (2-7), permitting 10 hits and 10 runs, 9 of which were earned.

ä Sharpsville 16, Mercer 8 — At South Py, the host Blue Devils’ bats heated up in the victory. Hitting stars for Sharpsville (5-3 D-10 Region, 5-4 overall) were Ian Brown, homer, double, 4 RBI; Ryan Ruszkiewicz, 2 singles, 5 RBI; Josh Fyffe, 2 singles, and Ryan Morris, double. For Mercer, Karl Swanson rapped a homer and single and Brian Tobias a pair of singles.

Fyffe was the winning pitcher in relief of Brian Ellison, going 3 innings, yielding 3 hits and 3 runs, while fanning 6 and walking none. Jarryd Summers hurled a hitless final 2 innings. Ryan Newton took the loss.

ä Linesville 10, Jamestown 0 — At Linesville, the host Lions mauled the Muskies, as Farley fashioned a pair of doubles into 5 runs batted in and Pallerino produced a triple and 3 ribbies.

For Jamestown, Russ Wells’ 2 hits were the highlight, while Ethan Adams lasted only 2 2/3 innings on the hill and was saddled with the setback.

ä Lakeview 23, Maplewood 8 — At Guys Mills, the visiting Sailors (8-1) exploded for 22 hits. Leading the way were Thomas Miller, 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI; Jon Hogue, double, single, homer, 6 RBI; Nick Somers, double and 3 singles; Tommy Lewis, double and single, and Kyle Patterson and Ryan King, 2 hits each. Greg Brazel was the winning hurler, going 3 innings. Hannold took the loss.

ä Slippery Rock 12, Commodore Perry 8 (8 inn.) — On Tuesday at Sheakleyville, host CP scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game at 7, but a couple key hits and some errors led to the Rockets’ extra-inning victory.

The Panthers (1-3 region, 1-5) were led by Joe Jackline, with a triple, Alberto Mateo, a double, and Chip DeFrances’ pair of singles. Jackline hurled all 8 innings, allowing 15 hits, while fanning 4 and walking 4.

For the Rockets, Sean Ray had 3 singles, a double and homer, Ryan Hayes homered and doubled, Mark White doubled twice, Josh Cress collected 3 singles and a triple, and Ryan Ferguson stroked 2 singles. Hayes and White pitched, combining for 8 Ks and 4 walks, while giving up 8 hits.

SOFTBALL

ä Champion 3, Brookfield 1 — At Brookfield Twp. Park, Lady Golden Flashes’ right-hander Brittany Skeels fired a complete-game 5-hitter, striking out 9 while not issuing a walk. Emily Hayes doubled for Champion (6-1, 10-3) in the Trumbull Athletic Conference triumph.

For Brookfield (0-7, 0-11), righty Kara Egelsky also went the distance on the mound, fanning 5 and walking a half-dozen. She stroked 2 hits and teammate Mary Palumbo tripled in defeat.

ä Jamestown 15, Tidioute 0 (3 inn.) — At Jamestown, the host Lady Muskies’ rout was led by Danielle Chambers and Malory Wells, both of whom went 3-for-3, Kirsti Snyder and Corrine Livingston, each of whom stroked a pair of safeties, and Britta Grafton, who ripped a 2-run, inside-the-park home run. One of Wells’ hits was a double.

Winning pitcher Julie Tate was the beneficiary of her Lady Muskie mates’ lusty hitting and she allowed just 2 hits and whiffed 3, while her mound counterparts Katie Sutton and Sadie Billingsley were reached for a dozen hits.

ä Maplewood 5, Lakeview 2 — At Guys Mills, winning pitcher Jess Burnett whiffed 10 and her Lady Tigers’ teammates Heidi Young and Megan Groschner drilled doubles.

For Lakeview (2-6, 3-6), Chelsey Frye singled and doubled, stole a base and scored a run, while pitcher Nikki Burgard was tagged with the loss, surrending 6 hits in 5 frames while whiffing 3 and walking 5.

BOYS TENNIS

ä Grove City 4, Meadville 1 — At Grove City College, the host Eagles (7-1, 8-1) won their second match in as many days.

Singles: Anthony Scarpino (M) def. Drew Bestwick, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; Matt Kiser (GC) def. Steve Suchora, 6-1, 6-0; Chris Weber (GC) def. Dan Gunn, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: Josh Lynn-Dan Spears (GC) def. Mike Lultschik, 6-0, 6-0; Joe Hazy-Jon Clausen (GC) def. Adam Dracup-Mike McGinnity, 6-2, 7-6(7-4).

ä Hickory 5, Oil City 0 — At Oil City, the visiting Hornets (6-1, 7-2) humbled their hosts as the Oilers’ slate was squared at 4-4.

Singles: John Macris (H) def. Adam Gill, 7-5, 7-5; Kyle Hart (H) def. Andrew Kozek, 7-5(7-6), 6-1; Nick Marcelli (H) def. Brian Friedhaber, 6-1, 6-0. Doubles: Aldo DiRupo-Scott Cullen (H) def. Andrew Mong-Tim Kozek, 6-2, 6-2; Matt McKee-Nate Michael (H) def. Ian Frost-Seth Scannell, 4-6, 6-2, (7-6)7-3.





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