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ä Grove City 5, Sharon 0 — At Buhl Park, the visiting Eagles improved to a perfect 3-0 with the sweep of the Tigers on Friday.
Matt Welker, Evan Lowers and Chris Adams swept singles play for Grove City while the teams of Frankie Bassani and Ravi Patel and Kyle Yeakle and Lee Wishing prevailed in doubles play.
Singles: Welker (GC) def. John Benedetto, 6-1, 6-0; Lowers (GC) def. Doug McVehil, 6-1, 6-0; Adams (GC) def. Jack Evans, 6-2, 6-2. Doubles: Bassani-Patel (GC) def. Dylan Cerroni-Steven Merchant, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4; Yeakle-Wishing (GC) def. Skyler Villegas-Ross Ballard, 6-1, 6-2.
ä Hickory 8, Mercer 3 (10 inn.) — At Veterans Field at Brandy Springs Park, the visiting Hornets harvested the road win.
Starter Steve Piston punched out 7 in 6 stanzas, yielding 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks, while Mark DiBattiste added 4 frames of scoreless relief, allowing 3 hits, fanning 5, walking 3.
Also for Hickory (2-2 Region 2-AA, 2-5 overall), Anthony Cannone cracked a single and double, Tommy Cannon collected 3 hits, Brady Leunis lent 2 hits, and DiBattiste doubled.
Starting Mercer moundsman Nate Guiler gave up only 3 runs on 6 hits in 7 stanzas, striking out 9 and walking 4. Reliever Landon Glass gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 2 innings while whiffing 2. Edwards doubled for Mercer, also.
ä Sharon 5, Mercer 4 (9 inn.) — At Sharon, the Tigers (2-1) rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the 7th inning to force extra innings and then Nick Carlo doubled to score Josh Nichols in the 9th for the win.
In the 7th, Nichols walked and stole second base and Justin Stefanowicz drove him in to tie the game.
Joey Rahn and Daniel Vanderslice each pitched 4 innings for Sharon and Cody Frazier pitched the 9th. Rahn struck out 6, walked 5 and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and Vanderslice fanned 5, issued 2 free passes and surrendered 2 runs on 3 hits.
Nichols had 3 singles for the Tigers, Carlo doubled and singled, Mike Songer had 3 singles and Stefanowicz registered 2 singles.
Danny Miller pitched 7 innings for Mercer. He had 5 strikeouts, 4 walks and gave up 4 runs on 9 hits. Nick Guiler pitched the 9th frame.
Zach Wimer led Mercer at the dish with 2 singles. His 2-run single gave the Mustangs a 4-3 lead in the top of the 7th inning.
ä Hickory 5, Rocky Grove 1 — At Hermitage, the Hornets (1-5) picked up their 1st win of the season Saturday with a 4-run victory over the Orioles.
Brady Leunis threw a complete-game 4-hitter for Hickory. He collected 7 strikeouts and issued no walks.
Mark DiBattiste tripled and singled for the Hornets, Tommy Cannon had 2 singles and Jacob Andrusky doubled.
Dylan Propek took the loss for RG. He whiffed 2, walked 2 and gave up 5 hits in 4ì innings. Breck Schneider finished the game in relief.
Schneider had 2 singles to pace Rocky Grove at the plate.
ä Grove City 11, Ft. Le-Boeuf 3 — At Memorial Park in Grove City, coach Pat Forese’s Eagles improved to 4-1 with the win over the Bison.
Ryan Grace earned the win on the mound. He had 4 strikeouts, 2 walks and allowed 9 hits in 6 innings.
Dustin Maine doubled for Grove City and Matt Gordon, Jordan Anderson and Jesse Hodge all had 2 singles.
Mike Steadman suffered the setback for Ft. LeBoeuf. He went 3-plus innings with 1 strikeout, 4 walks and allowed 5 runs to score.
Steadman singled and doubled and Levi Ehrhart and Josh Greggs both had 2 singles.
ä Grove City 12, Gen. McLane 2 (6 inn.) — At Grove City’s Memorial Park, the Eagles’ season-opening homestand continued with another win.
Winning pitcher Matt Gordon garnered 9 strikeouts and permitted just 2 hits and 2 walks. Also for Grove City (3-1), Ben Lucas laced a hit and tallied 3 times, Jordan Anderson added a single and 3 ribbies,a nd Jesse Hodges had 2 hits and 3 RBI.
Losing Lancers’ hurler Hendricks had a rough 1st frame, allowing 3 runs.
Veteran mentor Pat Forese’s Eagles entertain Fort LeBoeuf today at 1 p.m.
ä Wilmington 7, Grove City 0 — At Grove City’s Memorial Park, winning Lady Hounds’ hurler Abby Sotter fired a 4-hitter, whiffing 11 and walking only 1. She also aided her own cause by drilling a double. Also for Wilmington (4-0), Lexie Donati and Cassidy Marett mustered 3 and 2 hits, and Kristen Kline singled and doubled.
For Grove City (0-5), Kristi Sestak stroked a single and double, while starting pitcher Taylor Shingledecker suffered the setback. In 2êinnings she allowed 6 runs, 5 hits and 3 walks, whiffing 2.
ä Sharpsville 6, Mercer 5 — At Sharpsville, Megan Davis drilled the 3rd of her 3 hits in the home half of the 7th stanza to lift the Darlings to victory.
Winning pitcher Maddie Shuttleworth went the distance, whiffing 2 and allowing all 5 runs.
Also for Sharpsville (3-1), McKenzie Popatak pounded a pair of doubles, and Megan Whalen whacked 3 hits including a triple and drove in 3 runs.
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THE CHECKERED FLAG: Up and down week for Sodeman
LAST FRIDAY I headed south to add I-77 Raceway Park to my track attended list, which made for 162nd track all-time. I-77 is located south of Ripley, West Virginia just off Interstate 77. This season, I-77 moved from the crowded Saturday night line-up to Friday night racing and teamed up with Ohio Valley Speedway. I-77 normally runs Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, E-Mods, Mod Lites, and 4-Cylinder Mini Stocks. With the Sprint Cars on the schedule, I decided to make the trip and they were joined by the Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, and E-Mods.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Blaney still running hot on area tracks
LAST THURSDAY I headed southwest to Atomic Speedway, formerly known as KC Raceway. The 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval is located an hour south of Columbus, Ohio just off Route 23 near Alma. It was my first visit in a couple years. A big crowd turned out on Independence Day Eve as the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars were back along with the Super Late Models and E-Mods. The Ohio Speedweek event the week before drew a huge 62-car field and Thursday’s event drew 33.
After an astounding Speedweek winning the final three races and four of six, Dale Blaney returned to the track that he last got defeated at. On the Speedweek show, Jac Haudenschild made the winning pass of Blaney, while Blaney finished second. Last Thursday, even a seventh starting spot didn’t derail Blaney for long. The Hartford, Ohio racer worked his way to the front and made the winning pass of race-long leader Tim Shaffer on lap 16. One caution three laps from the finish was all that slowed Blaney’s run to another $5,000 payday. It was Blaney’s fourth straight win, sixth of the season, and all-time leading 105th of his career with the All Stars.
EXTRA INNINGS: Bucs fans loved Burnett, but let's leave him in Philly
THERE IS NO no doubt that A.J. Burnett made a huge impact during his two seasons with the Pirates.
When he arrived in the spring of 2012, so did hope for fans wearied by teams that hadn’t seen a winning record in 20 summers.
While he certainly did not turn the tide by himself, he turned the wheel. His swagger sometimes didn’t play well with management, but even the Buc brass had to appreciate the new culture that Burnett helped his teammates create.
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.
IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life
Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.
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