Firing away

Mercer pitcher Mackenzie Baker fires a pitch to the plate in the first inning Monday against Neshannock.

MERCER — Monday proved one thing.

Neshannock is good!

The Lancers — ranked among the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s top-5 Class 2A teams — hammered a pair of home runs among 15 hits to secure a 13-0 shutout of Mercer at Brandy Springs Park.

“If you play the outfield deep, they put one in front of you,” Mercer coach Jack Trott said. “If you bring them in, they’ll send one over your head. You have to pick your poison, so we decided to play (the outfielders) back. They’re a good hitting team and were placing the balls really well. I was very impressed by the way they were hitting the holes.

“Every time we thought we had them, a girl would come up and hit one between the 3 and 4 hole or the the 5 or 6 hole. That’s hard to defend. It’s not like they were pounding them to the leftside. They were hitting it all over the field. Kudos to them.”

Shutting out an opponent is nothing new for the Lancers (13-3). Neshannock has not allowed a run against Aliquippa (19-0, 17-0), Shenango (15-0), New Brighton (14-0) and Freedom (5-0), while reaching double figures 7 times.

Neshannock scored 20 runs against Shenango and 19 against Aliquippa and has 3 different 2-game stretches of 31, 36 and 30 runs scored this season.

“They’re a real good team,” Trott said. “I talked to their coach before the game and they’re playing Laurel for their (section) championship sometime this week. They’re a good team!”

Monday, Neshannock pitcher Jess Fohrs allowed just 3 base runners — singles from Mackenzie Baker and Krista Mathias and walk to Savanhah Bungar — over 7 innings.

“The girls said she was throwing a lot of outside pitches,” Trott said. “We just weren’t placing them, but they’re a good team. They played defense and made the plays they were supposed to make. We just couldn’t get it going.”

The Lady M’s could’ve had more hits off Fohrs, but the Lancers’ defense was stellar behind Fohrs.

“All you can do is tip your cap to them,” Trott said. “You’re going to have them days. It’s hard to get the girls to realize that. You just have to keep thumping until you find a hole. Unfortunately tonight, we didn’t.”

Meanwhile, the Lancers plated 4 runs in the first, a single run in the second and 3 more in the third off Baker and finished their scoring with a solo run in the fourth and 4 in the seventh off Amanda Bish.

“We made some mistakes and mistakes happen,” Trott said. “But we can’t win games with 1 or 2 hits. You have to hit the ball and we didn’t hit the ball from 1 all the way down to 9. When we did get some solid hits, it was right at somebody. You can’t win a game like that.”

Trott admitted after the 13-0 shutout that he’d rather play the Neshannocks and the Laurels of the world moving forward.

“I’d rather play Neshannock,” the veteran Lady M’s coach said. “There’s more to gain from playing teams like them. No offense to Kennedy and Farrell, but we’re not gaining anything by playing them. For us to get better, we have to play better teams.”

With roughly a week remaining in the regular season, the Lady M’s are hoping a repeat of 2018 is in the cards. A year ago, the County Seaters were able to catch fire in their District 10 playoff opener and upset a team that had mercy-ruled them a few days before.

“We have been playing better as of late,” Trott said. “We’re hoping Lady Luck will be on our side again this year. We’re hoping to pull things together and everything lines up when we get out there in the playoffs. Maybe, we’ll be able to make something happen again this year. We’ll have to wait and see!”

NOTES: Bish struck out 6 in 4 innings. ... Neshannock stranded 11 runners. ... Becca Seamans drove in 4 runs, while Margaret Russo, Hannah Lasla and Fohrs each had a pair of RBIs. ... Russo and Fohrs had home runs for the Lancers. ... Fohrs had 3 singles and a home run, while Lasla had 3 singles.

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BOYS TENNIS

Hickory’s Dallas Larimer advanced to Saturday’s semifinals in the District 10 Class 2A Singles Tournament at Westwood Racquet Club in Erie.

Larimer, who was seeded 3rd, fell to 2nd-seeded Grayson Millette of Fairview, 6-1, 1-6, 6-0, in the semifinals.

Greenville’s Steve Jaussen fell in the quarterfinals to Millette, 8-5.

Mercer County players eliminated in the opening round: Hickory - Julian Hudson; Grove City - Levi Aldstadt, Jimmy McNicholas; Sharon - Zach Cattron, Jake Cattron.

Ousted in the second round were: Greenville - Vijay Perry, Anthony Gentile.

• Greenville 5, Kennedy Catholic 0 – At Greenville, the Trojans swept the Golden Eagles.

Singles: Jason Baek (G) won by default; Vijay Perry (G) def. Owen Cianci, 7-5, 6-0; Steve Jaussen (G) def. Shane Osborne, 6-0, 6-0. Doubles: Ronnie Mutinelli-Nick Kytchak (G) def. David Cianci-Cam Niemi, 6-0, 6-0; Jake Giardina-Kenny Royer (G) def. Aaron Wasser-Ryan McCarthy, 6-0, 6-0.

 

TRACK & FIELD

OIL COUNTRY INVITE

Several area teams participated in Saturday’s 31st Oil Country Invitational hosted by Oil City High School:

Wilmington

Connor Vass-Gal, who set a meet record in the shot put (60-11) at the Pine-Richland Invitational on Friday, won the discus title Saturday with a mark of 154-1.

Also for the Hounds, Josh Sanders took 3rd in the discus (146-7), Jayden Williams took 4th in the shot put (43-3) and Dale Nestor was 4th in the 3200 (10:40.03) and Erik Richardson placed 5th in the discus (133-6).

Hickory

Paige Griffith captured the high jump title with a mark of 5-1 on Saturday at Oil City.

Kaitlyn O’Kresik placed 2nd in the 200 (26.96) and 3rd in the 400 (1:03.21). Aniyah Anderson finished 2nd in the 100-meter hurdles (15.59) and 3rd in the 300 hurdles (49.81). 

Anderson also ran the opening leg on Hickory’s 2nd-place 400 relay team (52.03). The other members were Kayla Saylor, Emma Schnolis and Daphne Borowicz.

Kate Brown placed 2nd in the pole vault (9-6) while Rhys Miller finished 2nd in the triple jump (32-1 3/4) and 6th in the long jump (14-8).

Capturing 4th-place finishes were Logan Davis in the 1600 (5:43.54), Christie Boren in the high jump (4-11) and Alyssa Rollinson in the javelin (96-10).

Alivia Smith took 5th in the shot put (29-8 1/2) and Avery Micchia took 6th in the 100-meter dash (13.74).

Brian Phillips led the way for the Hickory boys with a 1st-place finish in the long jump (21-7 1/4). Mike Henwood was 4th in the 100 (11.49), Brady Mellott took 5th in the 110 hurdles (16.42) and Chris Nagle was 5th in the high jump (5-9).

Lakeview

Michaela Rose captured 1st place in both the 100 (12.7) and 200 (25.85) Saturday. She was also part of the Lady Sailors’ 400 relay (52.64) that placed 3rd and the 1600 relay team that placed 4th in 4:43.18. 

The other runners in the 400 relay were Danielle Williams, Amber Sefton and Taylor McKean and the other runners in the 3200 relay were Williams, Sefton and Mikayla Montgomery.

Lakeview’s 3200-meter relay team clocked in at 10:14.11 to take 1st place. The runners were Claire Oliver, Montgomery, Sefton and Williams.

Oliver also took 4th in the 400 (1:03.92) and Williams placed 5th in the 800 (2:31.50).

For the Lakeview boys, Isaac Lightcap captured the title in the pole vault (12-0), Joey Grim was 2nd in the high jump (5-11) and tied for 2nd in the triple jump (41-0 1/4), Luke Hostetler placed 4th in the 800 (2:06.54), Douglas Maxwell took 5th in the pole vault (10-0) and Cole Thiec finished 6th in the 200 (24.23).

Lakeview’s 1600- and 3200-meter relay teams earned 2nd-place finishes. Hunter Miller, Thiec, Cody Sturgeon and Hostetler clocked in at 3:39.83 in the 1600 while Ethan Barrick, Miller, Sturgeon and Hostetler made up the 3200 foursome (8:46.13).

Grove City

Abby Biddle took 1st place in the 400 (1:00.35) and 800 (2:24.35). She also ran the opening leg on GC’s 1st-place 1600 relay team (4:13.05). The other runners were Abby Steffler, Sarah Hammerman and Alexa Nemec.

Emma Isenberg placed 2nd in the high jump (4-11) and 4th in the triple jump (31-9), Christiana Melvin finished 2nd in the long jump (14-10 1/4), Laura Miller took 2nd in the shot put (32-7 1/2), Becca Santom was 2nd in the 300 hurdles (48.17) and 4th in the 100 hurdles (16.98) and Anna Schmid placed 3rd in the discus (100-0), 4th in the shot put (29-10 1/2) and 6th in the javelin (90-0).

Abby Steffler finished 4th in the 200 (27.68), Katie Feng was 5th in the long jump (14-8), Clara Hannon finished 6th in the 400 (1:05.66), Melvin took 6th in the 300 hurdles (53.43) and Lindy Bumbaco took 6th in the pole vault (8-6).

Also, GC’s 400-meter relay team placed 6th in 53.58. The runners were Hammerman, Hannon, Nemec and Steffler.

For the Grove City boys, Nick Murawski took 1st in the 400 (52.03), Tobias Jones was 1st in the 800 (1:59.37), Connor McEwen placed 1st in the 300 hurdles (39.91) and 2nd in the 110 hurdles (15.36) and Nick Smither won the javelin title (182-0) and took 6th in the discus (127-9). The 3200 relay team of Luke Owrey, Jonah Powell, Gabe Nichols and Tobias Jones placed 1st in 8:11.67.

Second-place GC finishes went to Nichols in the 800 (2:00.63), Cael McEwen in the 1600 (4:45.25) and Max Hall in the pole vault (11-0).

Owrey finished 3rd in the 400 (53.62), Jake Reddick took 3rd in the long jump (19-10 1/2) and the 1600 relay team took 3rd in 3:42.07. Team members were McEwen, Murawski, Owrey and Powell. The 400 relay team of Jake Bush, Curtis Hovis, Ryan Locktosh and Reddick placed 4th in 46.68.

Ramsey Saltrick finished 5th in the 1600 (4:45.97). Sixth-place GC finishes were Joseph Somora in the 1600 (4:47.18), Chad Helmininack in the 3200 (10:43.63), Josh Dreves in the high jump (5-7), Jake Bush in the triple jump (39-10 1/2) and Tim Christy in the javelin (143-3).

West Middlesex

Emma Pringle placed 2nd in the 1600 (5:30.99) and 3rd in the 3200 (12:14.04). Alex Rea finished 4th in the pole vault (10-6), Braden Hanahan took 5th in the 400 (54.72) and Josiah Powell placed 5th in the 300 hurdles (43.73).

Sharon

Noah Weese finished 2nd in the javelin (176-8) and Alaina Williams placed 6th in the discus (88-3).

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Pine-Richland Invite

Coach J.R. McFarland’s Wilmington High track teams competed in Friday’s Pine-Richland Invitational.

Connor Vass-Gal took 1st place in the shot put, setting a meet record with a distance of 60 feet, 11 inches. Jayden Williams placed 7th in the event (44-0 3/4).

Josh Sanders placed 2nd in the discus (152-5) and Michael Hoffman finished 6th in the high jump (5-9 1/2).

On the girls side, Aleah Deal captured the discus title (122-4), Grace Mason placed 2nd in the 800 (2:18) and the 4x4 and 4x8 relay teams earned 4th-place finishes.

The 4x4 foursome of Lena Welker, Becca Book, Mason and Elizabeth Miles clocked in at 4:09. The 4x8 team of Welker, Book, Elise Hilton and Mason finished in 10:09.21.

 

BASEBALL

• Hickory 7, Titusville 3 — On Senior Night, the host Hornets rallied from a 3-run hole through 3 innings of Monday’s Region 2 tilt with Titusville.

Cam Whalen whacked a 1-out solo shot to highlight Hickory’s 4-run 5th frame as the Hornets pulled out the win.

Hickory (6-1 region, 9-2 overall) had only 3 hits, but made them meaningful. Asher Patton pounded an RBI-double in the Hornets’ 2-run 3rd inning, and Connor Evans ended the 4-run rally with a 2-run single up the middle.

• Sharpsville 14, Reynolds 0 (5 inn.) – At Kevin S. Yarabinec Memorial Field in South Pymatuning Twp., the Blue Devils rolled to the Region 3 win.

Cameron Williams earned the win, pitching 3 2/3 innings. He struck out 4. Tyler Clary closed it out. He fanned 2 batters.

Offensively for Sharpsville,  Jared Trontel doubled, singled, hit a sac fly and drove in 3 runs, Joe Bornes had 2 singles and 3 RBI, Eric Lenzi ripped an RBI double, Williams had an RBI double, Max Messett singled and drove in a pair and Jackson Doyle and Tyler Clary both singled and had an RBI.

Andrew Herman, Garrett Erford and Jacob Moser hit singles for Reynolds.

Jonathan Crumbacher (1 inning), Dominic Bertolasio (2/3), Lee Walter (2) and Andrew Herman split time on the mound for the Raiders. They had no strikeouts, 4 walks and gave up 10 hits.

• West Middlesex 5, Jamestown 0 – At Jamestown, Jake Bowen and Logan Hurley combined to throw a 1-hitter in leading the Big Reds (5-0, 12-1) past the Muskies. With the win, WM locked up the Region 1 title.

Bowen struck out 12 batters, walked 2 and gave up a single in 5 innings. Hurley pitched the final 2 innings. He fanned 1 and issued no walks.

Hurley had a single and drove in 2 runs for WM, Chase Tomko ripped an RBI double, Alex Kachulis hit a pair of singles and Zach Long was credited with an RBI.

Jed Goodlin suffered the mound loss for Jamestown. He fanned 10 batters, walked none and gave up the 5 runs on 6 hits. Goodlin singled at the plate.

• Kennedy Catholic 10, Youngsville 2 – At Youngsville, KC rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the 5th inning and then tacked on 2 runs in the 6th and 6 in the 7th frame en route to the Region 1 win – the 1st victory of the season for the Golden Eagles.

Cody May went the distance on the mound for Kennedy Catholic. He struck out 7, had no walks and only gave up 4 hits.

At the plate for KC, May had an RBI single, Max Feeney had a hit and 2 RBI, Carsen Burkhart ripped a pair of singles, Thomas Malvar tallied 1 hit and drove in a pair of runs and Charlie Gonzalez was credited with 2 RBI.

Nyko Mercado, Ethan Curry, Alex Kemery, Jason Beers and Ethan Morningstar pitched for Youngsville. They combined on 9 strikeouts, 9 walks and gave up 5 hits. Mercado doubled for the Eagles.

• Lakeview 8, Rocky Grove 5 – At Rocky Grove, the Sailors built on a 5-3 lead by scoring 3 runs in the top of the 7th en route to the Region 3 win over the Orioles.

Trent Milliren went the distance on the mound for Lakeview. He struck out 6 batters, issued no walks and only gave up 6 hits.

Offensively for the Sailors, Milliren doubled and singled, Zack Doddo had 2 singles and an RBI, Kyle Uber doubled, Brett Beith, Brandon Partridge and J.P. McGee had RBI singles and Noah Burke added a pair of singles.

• Grove City 13, Conneaut Area 7 – At Linesville, the Eagles trailed 6-3, but tied the game 6-all in the 5th and then plated 3 in the 6th and 4 in the 7th to grab the Region 6 contest.

Lance Craig had 3 hits, including a home run, and drove in 4 runs to lead GC. Also, Carter Chinn ripped 3 singles and a double and drove in a run, David Dennis collected 2 doubles and drove in a pair, Julian Breese had a 2-run double, Zach Rodgers doubled and singled and drove in a run, John Hake tallied an RBI single, Dylan McElhinney had 2 hits and Mason Jones doubled.

McElhinney and Jones pitched for GC. McElhinney fanned 5, issued no walks and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits. Jones walked 4 and allowed 3 runs on 1 hit.

Ryan Richardson and Jayden Mihoci pitched for CASH. They combined to strike out 4 batters, walked 2 and gave up 17 hits.

Richardson doubled and singled and drove in a run, Peyton Hearn had 2 hits and an RBI and Austin Gabel, Brandon Wise and Jordan Kullen all had 1 hit and an RBI.

• Wilmington 12, Mercer 7 – At New Wilmington, the Hounds improved to 7-1 in Region 3 and 13-2 overall with the win.

Timmy Lewis was the winning pitcher. He struck out 3, walked 1 and gave up 2 hits and no runs in 2 innings.

At the platie for the Hounds, Cameron Marett went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, Caelan Bender was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Robert Pontius turned in a 3-for-4 plate appearance with 2 RBI and Nathanael Luu was 3-for-3 and drove in a run.

Dylan Hetrick pitched 3 1/3 innings for Mercer and took the loss. Brian Shevitz went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for the Mustangs.

• Mercer 7, Reynolds 5 – At Transfer Saturday, the Mustangs edged the Raiders in the Region 3 contest.

Mercer snapped a 5-all tie by scoring 2 runs in the top of the 6th inning. The Mustangs scored 1 run in the 1st inning, 2 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th and the 2 runs in the 6th. The Raiders plated 2 runs in the 3rd inning and 3 in the 5th.

Jonathan Crumbacher (3 1/3 innings), Garrett Erford (3), Lee Walter and Haden Obenrader pitched for Reynolds. They combined to strike out 3 batters, walked 6 and gave up 8 hits.

Erford had 2 singles and a double for the Raiders, Andrew Herman doubled, singled and drove in a pair of runs, Dominic Bertolasio ripped an RBI double, Crumbacher had an RBI single and Nathan McDowell doubled.

Mercer was led at the plate by Joe Prentice with a double, single and RBI, while Daniel Scheidhauer rapped a pair of singles and picked up an RBI. Dylan Hetrick ripped a double, while Tanner McElrath, Dylan Mattocks and Justin Lawrence singled. 

Mattocks went 2 2/3 innings, while Scheidhauer pitched 4 1/3. They combined for 11 strikeouts and 3 walks.

• Lakeview 10, Jamestown 0 (6 inn.) – At Stoneboro, the Sailors jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 1 inning of play and cruised to the non-region win.

The Region 3 Sailors plated a run in the 2nd inning and 4 in the 6th to enact the 10-run rule.

Trent Milliren (4 innings) and Brett Beith combined to throw a 1-hitter. Milliren struck out 5 batters, issued no walks and gave up the hit. Beith fanned 4 and had no walks.

Beith, who entered the game leading Mercer County hitters with a .614 average, ripped a double, 2 singles and drove in 3 runs. 

Also for Lakeview, Nate McIntire had 2 singles and drove in a run, Milliren collected an RBI double, Kyle Uber had a double and Devin Bobbitt, J.P. McGee and Zack Doddo all had 1 hit and an RBI.

• Hickory 7, Sharon 0 – At Hermitage Monday, a trio of Hornets’ combined on a no-hitter and Clay Wiesen homered, doubled and drove in a run as the Hornets beat the Tigers in a Region 2 contest.

Hickory scored 1 run in the 1st inning, 4 in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th and tacked on another run in the 6th inning.

Also for the Hornets, David Greenburg had a pair of hits and 2 RBI and Cameron Whalen had 2 singles and drove in a run.

Jorge Leedham, Connor Evans and Nick Osborne split time on the mound for Hickory. Leedham struck out 7 batters and walked 4, Evans had 1 strikeout and Osborne fanned 1 and issued 1 walk.

• Wilmington 11, Kennedy Catholic 4 – At Hermitage Thursday, Meadow Whiting fired a 1-hitter over 3 2/3 innings with 5 strikeouts and 5 walks in leading the Lady Hounds to the Region 1 win over the Lady Golden Eagles.

Grace Schultz suffered the loss for KC. She struck out 6 batters, issued no walks and gave up 10 earned runs on 17 hits.

Offensively for Wilmington, Amber Siegfried ripped 3 singles and a solo home run, Remington Koi doubled and singled and drove in a run, Whiting smacked a solo homer and singled, Ella Krarup had a pair of singles and a double and Amber Breetz added a 2-run single.

Schultz had 2 singles for Kennedy Catholic and Farrah Mancino ripped an RBI single.

SOFTBALL

• Hickory 6, Slippery Rock 4 – At Hermitage, the Hornets snapped a 4-all tie by plating 2 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to capture the Region 6 win.

Morgan Huey drove in the go-ahead run in the 6th on an RBI groundout. Also for Hickory, Carlie Miller had 2 hits and an RBI, Sarah Cardamon doubled and drove in a run and Avery Micchia had 1 hit and 2 RBI.

Autumn Black (5 innings) and Miller pitched for the Hornets. Black struck out 1 batter, walked 3 and gave up 4 runs on 3 hits. Miller had 2 strikeouts, no walks and only allowed 1 hit.

Paige Gresgott went the distance on the mound for Slippery Rock. She fanned 2 batters, walked 3 and gave up 6 hits.

At the dish for the Lady Rockets, Caitlin Kunsman had 2 singles, Taylor Balint collected 1 hit and drove in a pair of runs and Alex Frazier was credited with an RBI.

• Sharon 15, Oil City 0 (5 inn.) – At Oil City, freshman Mirando Metro fired a complete-game 2-hitter (2 singles) with 7 strikeouts and 1 walk and Jordan Murphy ripped a double, 2 singles and drove in 3 runs as the Lady Tigers (3-3, 3-10) grabbed the Region 5 win.

Also for Sharon, Iresha Norris went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, McKenna Harry doubled and scored 3 times, Ellie McCombs had an RBI double and Grace Buckley ripped 2 singles, drove in a run and had 3 runs scored.

• Jamestown 13, Lakeview 7 – At Stoneboro, Danielle Ficeti ripped 2 doubles and a single and drove in 3 runs to lead the Region 5 Lady Muskies past the Region 1 Sailors.

Madison Hillard had 4 hits and an RBI for Jamestown, Camille Engstrom doubled and singled, Kelci Matters had a 2-run single, Maelee Lyons had 2 hits and  drove in a run, Elizabeth Kammerdien had an RBI single and Hattie Smith was credited with an RBI.

Hillard (5 innings) and Ficeti pitched for the Muskies. Hillard struck out 2, walked none and gave up 2 hits. Ficeti had no strikeouts or walks and surrendered all 7 runs on 6 hits.

Chloe Herrman went the distance on the mound for Lakeview. She struck out 5, walked 3 and gave up 15 hits.

Offensively for the Sailors, Makayla Schell doubled and homered and drove in 3 runs, Danielle Sontheimer had a double, 2 singles and 2 RBI, Sophia DiMaria had 2 singles and Reagan Booher had an RBI.

Kennedy Catholic 16, West Middlesex 9 – At Hermitage, the host Lady Golden Eagles erupted, led by Kyleigh Wansack (single, double, 3 RBI), Kendall Wansack (double, 2 RBI), and Andrea Suhar (single, 3 RBI). Alison Schultz and Milan Stephens scored 4 runs each in support of winning pitcher Grace Schultz, who struck out 9. Defensively, Offensively Alyssa Morelli and Chloe Greer each had 3 hits for West Middlesex, while pitcher Teagan Pope was saddled with the setback.

• Reynolds 10, Commodore Perry 6 – At Transfer, the host Lady Raiders (8-2) rolled as Kelly Park pounded a pair of solo shots and Kendra Hillyer hammered a 2-run home run. Also, Kayln Hawthorne had a 5-for-5 plate performance. Reliever Mackenzie Herman – the third of a trio of twirlers – struck out the side in her lone inning in the circle for the win. Mattison Arnett and Mackenzie Larimer (double) led Commodore Perry with 3 and 2 hits, respectively.