Allied News Sports Staff
MERCER COUNTY AREA —
The inaugural West Middlesex Big Reds girls’ and boys’ track & field invitational is set for Friday. Field events will begin 3:30 p.m.; track events at 3:45.
Meet director Ed Pikna announced the field will include competitors from: Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Brookfield, Farrell, George Junior Republic, Greenville, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeview, Laurel, Mercer, Sharon, Sharpsville, Wilmington and West Middlesex.
ä Reynolds 12, Mercer 4 — At Veteran’s Field at Brandy Springs Park, the visiting Raiders rolled, ripping 18 base hits.
A 3-run 1st frame, augmented by a 4-run 3rd, enabled the Raiders to record an early 7-0 edge, which they increased to 9-0 in the 4th frame before Mercer manufactured 4 runs in its half of the inning.
Paul Torok, Kellen Gursky, Jacob Reimold and David Koewacich whacked 3 hits apiece for Reynolds (2-4). Torok tallied twice, doubled and stole a base; Gursky garnerd 2 RBI, scored 3 runs, pilfered a pair and he, too, doubled; Reimold rocked a pair of two-baggers and tallied twice, and Koewacich collected 2 ribbies and scored. Also, Adam Ballish banged 2 hits, drove in 1, scored another, and stole a base.
Gursky got the win, going 3 innings, whiffing 3, walking 1 and yielding 1 hit, while Torok and Tyler Thompson took turns. Torok fanned 4, but allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk. Thompson pitched the final frame.
Mercer made 3 miscues, and the Mustangs mustered only 7 hits.
ä Hickory 6, Wilmington 4 — At New Wilmington, the visiting Hornets harvested the Region 2-AA road win on the arm and bat of Steve Piston.
Piston pitched a complete game, scattering a half-dozen hits, striking out 6 and walking 3. He led Hickory’s offense with a 4-for-4 plate performance that included a double.
Also for the Hornets (3-2 region, 4-5 overall), Anthony Cannone and Jake Andrzejewski both added 2 hits and Tommy Cannon and Mark DiBattiste drilled doubles.
For Wilmington, starting Hounds’ hurler Ryan Brumbaugh was battered for 12 hits and all 6 runs in 5 frames, striking out 7. Reliever Davis Smith tossed 2 scoreless innings, whiffing 2, walking 1 and allowing just 1 hit.
Smith smashed a double and triple and Jimmy Buxton banged 2 hits for the Hounds.
ä Lakeview 10, James-town 0 — At Jamestown, the visiting Sailors coasted on Zach Bigley’s complete-game 4-hitter. He fanned 5
and walked 1 in the Region 1-A rivalry.
The Sailors stroked a dozen safeties, led by Logan Snyder’s pair of doubles and RBI and 2 ribbies apiece from Bigley, Austin Slater and Andrew Parimuha.
Muskies’ moundsmen Alex Boylan and Harry Boyer permitted 6 and 4 runs, respectively. Boylan allowed 8 hits, fanned 5 and walked 3; Boyer 4 runs on 4 hits while whiffing 3 in 1ê innings of relief.
Cam Motzing mustered 2 hits and Garrett Morgan a double for the host Muskies.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
The Lakeview Sailors captured the team title at the recent Union Invitational, posting 78 points. They were followed by New Castle (73), Neshannock (46), Wilmington (41.5), Shenango (36), Summit Academy (23.5), Union Area (20), Moniteau (11), Laurel (4) and Cornell (4).
Zach VanDusen led the way for the Sailors. He was 1st long (20-2 1/4) and triple (39-6 1/4) jumps and 2nd in the 100-meter dash (11.4). The Sailors’ 1600- and 3200-meter relay teams took 1st.
Also for Lakeview, Billy Kinsey was 2nd in the 800 (2:05.30); Devon Workman placed 2nd in the 3200 (11:06.20) and 3rd in the 1600 (5:02.10); Joseph Armstrong finished 2nd in the discus (123-0); Blake Reddick was 3rd in the 400 (53.7) and Connor Stankovich placed 3rd in the 800 with a clocking of 2:13.20.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
The Lakeview girls finished third at the recent Union Invitational.
The Lady Sailors posted 82.5 points to finish behind West Middlesex (133.5) and Wilmington (120).
For the Lady Sailors, Taylor Reed (100) and Courtney King (high jump) both earned first places.
ä Hickory 3, Grove City 2 — At Hermitage, the Hornets handed the Eagles (7-1) their 1st loss of the season.
John Smaltz and Michael Funera won at 2nd and 3rd singles for Hickory while Nick Petrochko and Nelson Murphy captured a win at No. 1 doubles.
Matt Welker picked up a win at No. 1 singles for GC and the team of Kyle Yeakle and Andrew McCracken registered a win at 2nd doubles.
Singles: Welker (GC) def. Ross Rosati, 6-0, 6-1; Smaltz (H) def. Evan Lowers, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4; Funera (H) def. Chris Adams, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Doubles: N. Petrochko-Murphy (H) def. Frankie Bassani-Dylan Motta, 6-4, 7-5; Yeakle-McCracken (GC) def. Stephen Petrochko-Zack Walters, 6-2, 6-3.