Ellwood City softball shuts out Shenango

Mar. 23—A huge fourth inning wrapped things up early for the Ellwood City Lincoln High softball team on Friday.

The Lady Wolverines plated 10 runs in the top of the fourth inning to pick up a 15-0 home victory over Shenango. The game ended in the fifth inning because of the mercy rule.

Ellwood scored one run in the second inning and four in the fifth.

Amber McQuiston paced Ellwood City (2-0‚ with four RBIs, while teammates Julia Nardone and Ellie Kalantzis had three apiece. Nardone and McQuiston each hit a home run.

McQuiston went the distance in the circle and relinquished two hits and struck out seven batters.

Kennedi Lynn lost in the circle in her team's opener. She allowed nine hits, seven runs — six earned — with four strikeouts and a walk.

Laurel 6,

Beaver 0

The Lady Spartans went unanswered in a nonsection game against Beaver. Laurel (1-0) plated one run in the first inning, two in the third one in the fourth and two more in the sixth.

Laurel posted 11 hits to the Lady Bobcats' one. Ivy Pancher recorded a triple for Laurel.

Autumn Boyd (1-0) went the distance for the Lady Spartans. Boyd gave up one hit, striking out 15 with three walks.

Laurel will travel to Shaler at 4 p.m. Monday.

Union 12,

Hopewell 1

The Lady Scots cruised to their first win of the season against the visiting Lady Vikings. Union scored five runs in the first inning, four in the third, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Union's Mia Preuhs went the distance in the nonsection game and surrendered two hits. Preuhs fanned 17 batters and walked four.

Preuhs also supplied five RBIs, including a home run in the first inning. Mallory Gorgacz and Olivia Williams recorded triples for the Lady Scots (1-0). Neshannock 11,

Ambridge 0

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The Lady Lancers blanked Ambridge in their season opener. Neshannock scored two runs in the first inning, one in the fifth and eight in the sixth.

The game was stopped in the sixth inning because of the mercy rule. Neshannock posted six hits while Ambridge had none.

Neshannock's Addy Frye (1-0) won in the circle. Frye pitched three innings and pitched six walks and six strikeouts.

Abigale Measel relieved Frye and pitched three innings. She pitched four strikeouts.

Gabby Quinn roped one out of the park for a two-run homer in the sixth inning for Neshannock. Jaidon Nogay led the lady Lancers with three RBIs.

Neshannock will host Harbor Creek at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.


Laurel 13, Eden Christian AcA. 12

Laurel's Brayden Faulkner hit the walk-off single to secure the nonsection win in the opener. The Spartans posted three runs in the third inning, four in the fourth, one in the sixth and five in the seventh.

Faulkner also pitched one inning and surrendered two hits, two runs — one earned — walking one and striking out two.

The Warriors plated two runs in the first inning, two in the second, three in the third, three in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Laurel's Kolton Carlson led his team with four RBIs.

Track and field Shenango teams excel

The Wildcats' boys won the Lawrence/Mercer Relay at Wilmington. Shenango's girls squad took second.

Shenango's boys team scored 91 points and the girls added 61.

Ellwood City tied with Hickory for fourth place at 41 in the boys standings, Wilmington took seventh at 36 and Laurel placed 10th with a final of 21.

Slippery Rock won the girls event with 75 points. Wilmington (43) took fourth, Laurel (32) placed eighth and Ellwood City (3) finished at 13th.