HERMITAGE –– Alex Fincher and Cade Poston posted singles wins and the doubles duos of Zach Fincher-Caleb Ei, Stephen Ashbaugh-Andrew Beyer, and Jacob Tichenor-Thomas Lucks enabled the Dragons to dominate doubles play, pacing Warren’s win at the annual Tri-County tennis tournament.
Warren (41) outdistanced Greenville (24), Hickory (22), Grove City and Harbor Creek (19), Sharon (10), Meadville (3), and Kennedy Catholic, Rocky Grove and Titusville for the team title.
Wednesday in Buhl Farm Park, 191 players competed in 91 matches, according to tourney director Sue McLaughlin.
Sharon’s Zach Cattron and Hickory’s Dallas Larimer won singles crowns, as did Hickory’s Alex Nelson-Tony Giuseppucci.
Results were as follows:
• 1st singles––(Final) Dallas Larimer (H) def. Mitchell May (HC), 10-8; (Semifinals) Larimer def. Jimmy Lobdell (W), 8-0; May def. Vijay Perry (G), 8-2.
• 2nd singles––(Final) Zach Cattron (S) def. Will Rastatter (GC), 10-0. (Semifinals) Cattron def. Lionel Eason (W), 8-5; Rastatter def. Alec Klapec (OC), 7-3.
• 3rd singles––(Final) Alex Fincher (W) def. Ronnie Mutinelli (G), 10-7. (Semifinals) Fincher def. Ben Baron (S), 8-3; Mutinelli def. Caleb Gardner, 8-6
• 4th singles––(Final) Cade Poston (W) def. David Lingerfelder (HB), 10-0. (Semifinals) Poston def. Logan Swick (M), 8-1; Lingenfelder def. Jake Giardina (G), 8-7(7-5).
• 1st doubles––(Final) Zach Fincher-Caleb Ei (W) def. Ethan Hause-Trent Brady (G), 10-2. (Semifinals) Fincher-Ei def. Peter Birmingham-Mason Wise (GC), 8-4; Hause-Brady def. Eric Bringling-Ryan Scott (HC), 8-4.
• 2nd doubles––(Final) Alex Nelson-Tony Giuseppucci (H) def. Charlie Nesbit-Jasper Franken (GC), 8-6. (Semifinals) Nelson-Giuseppucci def. HadleyHowell-Brendon Heyd (HC), 8-2; Nesbit-Franken def. Steve Jaussen-Nick Kytchak (G), 8-6.
• 3rd doubles––(Final) Stephen Ashbaugh-Andrew Beyer (W) def. Cole Reynolds-Michael Moschillo (H), 10-4. (Semfinals) Ashbaugh-Beyer def. Maddie May-Jack Murphy (HC), 8-7(7-3); Reynolds-Moschillo def. Max Boshaw-Caden Koscinski (GC), 8-7(7-2).
• 4th doubles––(Final) Jacob Tichenor-Thomas Lucks (W) def. Harry Romesburg-Ian Miller (G), 10-3; (Semifinals) Tichenor-Lucks def. Brandon Cindric-Dylan Kilgore (H), 8-5; Romes-burg-Miller def. Colton Packard-Tyler Quinn (GC), 8-7(7-3).
• West Middlesex 16, Jamestown 1 (3 inn.) –– At West Middlesex, Jake Bowen banged 3 extra-base hits –– 2 doubles and a home run –– and drove in 5 runs to pace the host Big Reds’ rout.
West Middlesex went for 13 first-frame runs, as Bowen, Logan Hurley, Ty Tate, Marshall Murray and Kaz Hoffman had ribbies.
In all, Bowen and Murray mustered 3 hits each and Hoffman had 2 doubles and Murray 1. Hoffman (3) and Murray, Hurley, C.Parrish and Tate (2 each) were credited with multiple RBI. Hurley hurled the win, abbreviated by the mercy rule. He threw 38 pitches (27 strikes) in 3 innings, whiffed 3 and did not walk a batter.
Glenn Lenhardt had the lone hit for Jamestown. Goodlin, Cohn and Headley took turns on the Muskies’ mound. Cohn collected 3 KOs.
• Mercer 13, Greenville 6 –– At Veterans Memorial Field in Brandy Springs Park, the host Mustangs’ offense was led by Dylan Hetrick (2 hits, including a double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI), Brian Shevitz (1 hit, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Adam Walker (2 runs, 1 RBI), and Spencer Ference (2 hits, including a double, 3 RBI), as well as Jordan Baker (2 hits) and Alden Bright (2 stolen bases). Starting on the Mercer mound Shevitz scattered 6 hits, yielded 6 earned runs, walked 5 and whiffed 2. Dan Scheidhauer closed.
For Greenville, Trap Wentling (2 hits including a double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, 1 stolen base), Ben Kozminski (2 hits, run scored) and Steve Curtin (double) led the offense, while Jon King was credited with 3 steals. Greenville starting hurler Paul Hamilton permitted 9 runs, but only 2 were earned owing to a trio of Trojans’ errors. Hamilton walked 4 and whiffed 3 in 3 2/3 innings. Connor Gilfoyle and Jamin Wentling relieved.
• Hickory 4, Oil City 3 –– At Hermitage, the Hornets had their home-opener, winning with a 7th-stanza run.
Hornets’ hurler Nate Hando handcuffed Oil City on a half-dozen hits in a complete-game performance (87 pitches, 55 strikes). He struck out 3, walked 1 and allowed 3 runs (2 earned). Hando helped himself by stroking a pair of safeties and knocking in a run for Hornets’ headmaster Mark Thompson.
Cam Whalen whacked a home run among his 2 hits for Hickory, while Tyler Mellott mustered 3 hits, Spencer McLaughlin added a hit and ribbie, and Andrew Gay garnered a hit and scored.
Matt Caldwell collected 2 of the Oilers’ hits and plated a pair of runs. Sawyer Manning, Dylin Chapin, Jake Schwab and Colby Rybak ripped hits. Oil City starter Tylor Strawbridge scattered 9 hits in 6 stanzas (77 pitches, 50 strikes), whiffing 3 and walking a pair.
• Grove City 7, Sharon 3 –– At Memorial Park in Grove City, the host Eagles erupted for a 4-run 4th frame, snapping a 2-all deadlock.
Grove City starter Logan Minch mustered a complete-game 5-hitter (103 pitches, 65 strikes), allowing 3 earned runs, walking 3 and whiffing 3.
Lance Craig cracked 2 hits, including a home run, and drove in a pair of runs, while Ben McKnight knocked in another pair of runs with a double. J.Breese and Brady Callahan also had hits and were credited with RBI for Grove City skipper Bill Herman.
Sharon starter Jordan Volpe was victimized by 7 walks, though he permitted just 2 hits in 3 1/3 innings (88 pitches, 42 strikes). Only 1 of the 5 runs he allowed was earned. Reliever Cam Atallah whiffed 1 and walked 1 in 2 2/3 innings of relief. He yielded 2 runs (1 earned). Zach Dignal drove in a pair of runs for Sharon, while Aaron Nichols notched a hit and ribbie. Ike Connelly, Volpe and Luke Sadowski stroked safeties for Sharon, also.
• Sharpsville 12, Titusville 0 (5 inn). –– At Titusville, Sharpsville starter Connor Kruisselbrink needed only 49 pitches in the abbreviated affair. He gave up 2 hits, stuck out 1 and walked 2. Offensively for Sharpsville (8-1), Kevin Pollock singled and doubled, as did Joe Bornes and Ricky Ladjevich, and Sean Davis, Luke Bailey and Peyton Schell stroked singles.
For Titusville Derrick Beach was saddled with the loss, and Andy Fish and Braden Roberts also took turns on the hill.
• Franklin 10, Reynolds 9 –– At Franklin, the Knights notched the win.
Brendan Gordon got 2 hits and scored 3 runs, and Connor Rakow ripped 2 more hits and added 2 ribbies. Kaden Keely and Zac Baughman drilled doubles. Gordon (3) and Tyus Wood and Rakow (2 each) scored multiple runs. Gordon and Kolten Banti split the mound chores, combining for 12 strikeouts, 8 from Gordon.
Noah Fuchs and Garrett Erford led Reynolds with a pair of hits apiece. andrew Herman, Hunter Jones and Erford doubled, and Jones and Dan Torok had 2 RBI each. Fuchs, Devin Weaver and Chance Westover drove in runs, also, and Weaver and Erford tallied 2 runs each.
Fuchs, Herman, Hunter Bresnan and Michael Horsman took turns on the mound. In 4 frames Horsman had 3 strikeouts and walked 1, but was tagged with the loss, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) on 9 hits.
But the Raiders stranded 18 baserunners; Franklin, a dozen.
• Grove City 11, Sharon 0 (5 inn.) –– At Memorial Park, the host Lady Eagles eased to the win on the pitching of Lizzy Malczak. She fanned 5 and did not issue a walk, scattering singles by Ellie McCombs, Allison Kimble and Jaianna Southerland.
For Grove City, Camryn Billig banged 2 hits, Malczak doubled home 2 runs, Chloe Sayloer singled and drove in a run, Jordyn Anderson added a hit and 3 runs scored, while Brooke Shingledecker singled.
• Reynolds 31, Farrell 5, 3 inn.) ––
Hali Hoover and Lauren Bonner pitched for Reynolds. M.Patterson, J.Schuster, A.Rea and T.Rea each scored 4 runs for Reynolds.
• Commodore Perry 16, Kennedy Catholic 9 –– Recently, the Lady Panthers prevailed in the slugfest.
Winning pitcher T.Clevenger relieved M.Arnett, who then handed the ball to Kate Wilkosz who got the final 5 outs.
Leading the Panthers at the plate were A.Buynak (double, 2 singles, 4 runs scored), D.Synder and M.Larimer (double, 2 singles each), and Wilkosz (2 singles, double).
KC’s Grace Schultz, in relief of starter Emily Fumerola, suffered the mound setback At the plate 2 singles apiece for Fumerola and Kendall Wansack and Farrah Mancino doubled.