Allied News Staff
MERCER COUNTY AREA —
It was a game both teams were trying to win — it just seemed as though neither wanted to — as Kennedy Catholic High baseball team met Mercer Friday afternoon in an inter-region District 10 affair.
The teams traded late leads before, ultimately, Scott Moore’s fielder’s choice RBI-grounder scored pinch-runner Ethan Feldmiller with the game-winner, as KC captured an 11-10 conquest.
At Hermitage, the visiting Mustangs manufactured a 7-run, 7-hit, 7th stanza, erasing a 4-3 Golden Eagles’ edge for a seemingly safe 10-4 lead.
But then the Mustangs made 3 miscues in the home half of the inning, enabling the Golden Eagles to erupt for a game-tying 6 runs.
Tied at 10, eventual winning pitcher Paul Spondike sparked the rally with a lead-off single off Mercer reliever Landon Glass. Tim Dunham entered, but issued back-to-back walks to pinch-hitter Hunter Grande (intentional) and Garrett Ammann.
The right-handed Dunham delivered a strikeout of Pat Shober for the 1st out. However with Mercer’s infield playing shallow for a potential force-out at the plate, Moore’s grounder to 2nd sacker Logan Clarke plated Feldmiller, who slid under catcher Nathan Cameron’s tag.
“We needed that. The guys didn’t quit. We came back from a six-run deficit, and I was very proud of them, they did a great job,” summarized 1st-year KC head coach Dave McIntosh.
Kennedy (6-4) captured its initial win against a Class AA opponent, McIntosh noted. Thus far, the Golden Eagles are enjoying a 4-0 edge against D-10 Region 1-A competition.
After Mercer mustered 2 first-inning runs against KC starter Jacob Fiscus, Shober shut the door for 4 frames before tiring.
In the Mustangs’ 7th, consecutive base hits by Glass, Clarke, Nate Guiler, Brayton
Edwards and Dan Miller mustered 3 Mercer markers. Relieving Shober, Spondike struck out his 1st hitter, but Cody Blose banged a 2-run base hit to center field.
Jon Scheidhauer’s 2-run single moved the Mustangs’ margin to 10-4, as Mercer batted around.
But Kennedy’s comeback commenced on Jake Leipheimer’s leadoff single. Eventually the Golden Eagles etched runs on Shober’s ground out, the lefthanded-hitting Moore’s double to left, and Pat Flynn’s RBI-single. Just as Mercer had in the top half of the inning, KC batted around.
Edwards drew a 1-out walk in Mercer’s 8th and eventually advanced to 3rd on a steal and fielder’s choice grounder. But Spondike spun a 3rd strike past Ryan Thorn, giving the Golden Eagles a game-winning opportunity.
Kennedy is competing against Lakeview in the 1-A race, and McIntosh noted his club captured a 5-inning win over the Sailors earlier this season. They will meet again.
For Mercer (1-13) and mentor Jack Thorn, Clarke collected 2 hits and tallied twice, and starting Mercer moundsman Dan Miller mustered another pair of hits.
Miller, a righty with an effective knuckle-ball not unlike R.A. Dickey, in 6-plus innings threw 111 pitches (60 strikes), whiffed 3 and walked 5. However he twice wild-pitched home runs during KC’s 2-run 2nd stanza.
Notes: Righthanded-hitting Guillermo Quinones keyed Kennedy with 3 consecutive singles — twice going to the opposite field — and hitting the ball hard in all 5-at bats. In addition to his double Moore tallied twice, Adam Hubert also had a two-bagger, and Fiscus finished with a double, sac-fly and pair of ribbies. ... Though not factoring in the decision, the righthanded Shober struck out 5 in 4-plus innings (61 pitches, 39 strikes), while scattering 7 hits. ... Catcher Ammann handled a trio of hard-throwing pitchers. ... Freshman Feldmiller tallied twice and made an athletic, running catch in left-center off the bat of the lefthanded-hitting Edwards. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.
ä Grove City 6, New Castle 4 — At Memorial Park, the host Eagles escaped a bases-loaded, 2-out, 7th-inning situation for the non-conference win.
Grove City righthander Ryan Grace gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 6ì innings, fanning 5. But Ben Lucas latched the last out, with the sacks filled with Red Hurricanes.
Losing pitcher Sean Coyne worked 5-plus innings and permitted all 6 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, while fanning 4. He also collected 3 of the ‘Canes hits.
For District 10 Region 6-AAA titlist Grove City (6-0, 12-3 overall), Dustin Maine singled and tallied twice, veteran skipper Pat Forese reported.
Greenville’s Chad Ferguson led the way among area boys tennis players on Saturday in the District 10 Singles Tournament at the Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie.
Ferguson advanced farther than any local player, but failed to return to the finals. No. 3 seed Matt Welker of Grove City was upset in the 1st round by Fairview’s Ben Westedt.
Defending D-10 champ Shane Burns of Warren, who beat Ferguson in the finals last year (6-3, 7-5), and 3 other Erie County players were alive in the semis which were played Monday.
ä Mercer 5, Reynolds 3 — At Brandy Springs, Park, Mercer, the host Lady M’s mustered the win as Ashley Ryder ripped a 2-run home run and single.
Also for Mercer (3-2 region, 10-4 overall), winning pitcher Allie Cameron’s complete-game performance included 3 runs allowed on 4 hits and 5 walks. She struck out 6. Also, Emily Swartz singled and doubled for Mercer mentor Jack Trott.
For Reynolds, losing hurler Haley Gearhart gave up 5 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7. Also, Autumn Babcock belted a double.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
ä Slippery Rock 108, Sharon 21 — At Slippery Rock, the host Rockets rolled, led by distance standout Josh Jones (800-, 1600-meter runs, 4x8 relay leg) and Mark McCall, who swept the hurdles.
Carnell Hawkins had a double-double for Sharon, sweeping the 100-a and 200-meter dashes. Hawkins had a 10.9 100. Jonathan Jacoway joined Hawkins as a double-winner for Sharon (4-6), sweeping the long and high jumps.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
ä Slippery Rock 82, Sharon 58 — At Slippery Rock, Aster Chmielewski checked in with wins in the high and intermediate hurdles and as a member of the host Lady Rockets’ winning sprint-relay foursome. Also, sprinter Megan Stephenson swept the 100 and 200 and anchored Slippery Rock’s triumphant 4x1 quartet.
For Sharon (4-5), Brienna Roys swept the 800- and 1600-meter runs, and Vonita Hall had a pair of wins in the long and triple jumps. Also, Xsila Powell was part of the Lady Tigers’ trimphant 4x8 and 4x4 relays, and Jessica Talbert-Kirsch contributed legs to the same quartets.
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
SLIPPERY ROCK 108, SHARON 21
3200 relay—Slippery Rock (Anna, Cessar, Jones, Magliocca), 10:41; 110 hurdles—McCall (SR), 16.7; 100—Hawkins (S), 10.9; 1600—Jones (SR), 4:42; 400—Kadlubek (SR), 52.8; 400 relay—Slippery Rock (no names submitted), 47.3; 300 hurdles—McCall (SR), 44.2; 800—Jones (SR), 2:08; 200—Hawkins (S), 23.9; 3200—Buchanan (S), 10:47; 1600 relay—Slippery Rock (Kadlubek, LaChance, Hilliard, Jones), 3:48; Shot put—Delmas (SR) 40-2è; Discus — Norris (S), 120-5; Javelin—Mitchell (SR), 143-9; Long jump—Jacoway (S), 21-10; Triple jump—Slippery Rock (no name submitted), 35-11; High jump—Jacoway (S), 6-4; Pole vault—no results reported.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
SLIPPERY ROCK 82 SHARON 58
3200 relay—Sharon (Roys, Z.Davis, Powell, Talbert-Kirsch), 10:49; 100 hurdles—Chmielewski (SR), 15.9; 100—Stephenson (SR), 12.93; 1600 —Roys (S), 5:57; 400—Powell (S), 1:04; 400 relay—Slippery Rock (Chmielewski, Ripley, Brandonberg, Stephenson), 52.6; 300 hurdles—Chmielewski (SR), 49.2; 800—Roys (S), 2:40; 200—Stephenson (SR), 28.8; 3200—Cravener (SR), 12:43; 1600 relay—Sharon (Bell, Davis, Talbert-Kirsch, Powell); Shot put—Slippery Rock (no name submitted), 37-7; Discus—Slippery Rock (no name submitted), 99-11; Javelin—Slippery Rock (no name submitted 102-8; Long jump—Hall (S), 13-8; Triple jump—Hall (S), 31-3è; High jump—Chmielewski (SR), 4-2