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Ellwood City McElwains Unable to Overcome Mistakes

Ellwood City McElwains left eight runners on base, including three at third base, and committed three errors in the 2-0 loss to Riverside McElwains on July 18. With the win, Riverside McElwains claimed the North Division Colt League Title.

In the top of the first, Austin Dambach hit a two-out, 3-1 high fastball over the right-center field fence, and Riverside would need no more to clinch the North Division Finals and advance to the Beaver County Colt League Championship Series.

Dambach also started on the mound, throwing five innings of shutout baseball for the victors. Adam Jeannette relieved and recorded the save for Riverside.

Ellwood City threatened the scoreboard with at least one base runner in six out of the seven innings. Ellwood left the bases loaded in the first and seventh but could not find the timely hit to avoid the shutout.

Ellwood City McElwains finished the season with a record of 18-5.

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Riverside Beats Ellwood City McElwains with One Hit

Riverside bested Ellwood City McElwains 3-1 on July 16 despite recording just a one single. That single, in the third inning, coupled with three errors, lead to Riverside’s three runs.

Seth Rettig led off the inning with a ground ball that was misplayed and a wild pitch moved him to second base. After a strikeout, Dylan Speicher worked the count full before being issued a free pass. The next batter, David Shannon, hit a slow roller to second.

Ellwood attempted the double play and while forcing Speicher at first, Shannon was safe and took second on an errant throw to first. Rettig advanced to third on the ground ball and took home on the throwing error. Austin Dambach followed with a single that scored Shannon. Dambach stole second. Wil Yaskenka hit a ground ball to the right side which was fielded cleanly but the throw was offline. Dambach scored on the overthrow. Riverside had the lead 3-0.

Ellwood City McElwains plated a run in the sixth when, with one out, Mitch Fraser singled up the middle. Josh Bates reached when his ground ball to third was misplayed and Fraser took second. Luke Angelucci fouled off multiple two-strike pitches to earn a hard-fought base on balls. Jordan Recce’s ground ball to the second baseman scored Fraser. The inning ended on a pop-up to the pitcher.

Ellwood City continued to battle into the seventh inning. With one out, Anthony Roth singled through the left side and Cole Guy was hit by a pitch. After a fly ball to center field recorded the second out, Mitch Fraser singled to left field, loading the bases with two outs. The inning and game ended with a fly ball to center field.

Ellwood City had eight hits for the game and left eleven runners on base, twice leaving the bases loaded without scoring a run.

Justin Baney worked off the mound for Ellwood City and allowed just the one hit. Ty Thellman threw a completed game and was the winning pitcher for Riverside.

This evens the best of three series at one game apiece. Game three is set for Saturday, July 18. It will be played in Ewing Park at 530 PM.

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Good, Fraser Lead Ellwood City McElwains to Win

Tyler Good has been fantastic on the hill for Ellwood City McElwains this year. In the first game of a best of three series against cross-town rival Riverside on July 15, Tyler Good was sensational. He limited Riverside’s powerful line-up to just three hits and escaped jams in three of the first four innings.

  • In the first inning, he escaped runners on second and third with just one out by recording a strikeout and a simple ground ball back to him.
  • In the third inning, Dirk Wass led off with a single. After two pop-ups, Austin Dambach hit a laser single up the middle, moving Wass to third. Wil Yasenka was hit by the first pitch of his at-bat to load the bases. Good got the next batter to pop out to the second baseman, Jordan Recce, to end the inning.
  • In the fourth, Danny Fox lead off the inning with a hit to the right side and advance to second on a wild pitch. Before the next pitch, Good threw to Anthony Roth covering second, erasing Fox. Good thing too because two pitches later Gunnar Boehm hit a rope into right field for a single. That, however would be Riverside’s last hit and base runner of the ballgame.

While Riverside was threatening, the formidable Ellwood City line-up was baffled by Riverside’s Adam Jeanette. Jeanette faced the minimum through three innings, recording four K’s. He helped his own cause by eliminating several base runners with excellent pick-off moves.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, three consecutive singles by Mitch Fraser, Josh Bates, and Luke Angelucci, loaded the bases for Jordan Recce. The next batter, Jordan Recce fought off several two-strike pitches and put a ball in play. Fraser broke for the plate and an errant throw home allowed Fraser to score the game’s first run.

In the bottom of the sixth, with one out, Cole Guy single and advanced to second on a passed ball. After another strikeout by Jeanette, Mitch Fraser came back to the plate. Fraser ripped a two-strike fastball up the middle. Guy scored easily.

Ellwood City McElwain’s won the game 2-0 and leads the best of three series after winning the first game. The next game is Thursday, July 16, at 530 and it will be played at Riverside High School.

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American Legion Sweeps Championship Games

The American Legion Post 157 Defeats the Moose 7-4

Rain has been a factor throughout the 2015 Ellwood City Amateur Baseball Federation’s 2015 Little League Season, and Game 1 of the Championship Series would be no exception.

The Legion took a 2-0 on lead in the top of the first, on July 7, when James Meehan singled in Carter Lutz and Alexander Roth. The rain would come with Meehan at third and R.J. Murray at up at bat. The rain did not stop. Lead Umpire Craig Boots called the game due to field conditions. The game would be restarted on July 8, because the First Inning had not been completed.

The field was prepared and Game 1 was restarted. In the Top of the First, Carter Lutz led off with a single. Alexander Roth walked. Lutz and Roth completed a double steal. Ryan Hampton drove both in with a single to right field.

The Legion scored three more times in the Top of the Third, when Meehan singled and Nico DeCaria walked. R.J. Murray then followed with a monster homerun over the right field fence to clear the bases. The Legion led 5-0 at that point.

The Moose answered back in the Bottom of the Third when Zion Bunney and Danny D’itri both walked. Buckie Biskup singled to drive in Bunney, and Rodney Grymes singled to drive in D’itri. The American Legion followed with two runs in the Top of the 4th. Tyler Baker and Carter Lutz each singled, Alexander Roth was hit by an Ashton Wilson pitch to load the bases. Ryan Hampton singled to drive in Baker and Lutz.

The Moose continued to chip away at the Legion lead with two more runs in the Bottom of the Fifth. Grady Smith and Danny D’itri both walked and were plated by Rodney Grymes. That would be the last time the Moose would score as Ryan Hampton struck out the side in the Bottom of the Sixth.

R.J. Murray started for the Legion and collected six strikeouts for the win. Ryan Hampton closed out the game with nine strikeouts. Murray also had three RBI and Hampton produced four RBIs.

Final Score – The American Legion 7 runs, the Moose 4.

Ryan Hampton and R.J. Murray Combine to Shut Out the Moose

Rain was again a factor for Game 2 of the Three Game Championship Series. The game was to be played Thursday, July 9, but the field was too wet to safely play. The game was set to be played at 7:00 on Friday, July 10.

The weather cooperated and the game was on. Scoring was at premium in the well-played Championship Game. The Legion jumped out to an early lead in the Bottom of the First. Carter Lutz singled and was driven in on a single to left center field by Ryan Hampton.

The Legion would score again in the Bottom of the Fourth. R.J. Murray singled and moved to second on a walk issued to Zack Gatto. Murray then proceeded to steal third base and then stole home!

The Legion scored again in the Bottom of the Fifth when James Meehan led the inning off with a single. Nico DeCaria walked. Meehan and DeCaria completed a double steal to advance to third and second. R.J. Murray drove in Meehan when he grounded out to the shortstop. Great defense by both teams kept the scoring low.

Alexander Roth started a much needed 6-3-2 double play to end a Moose scoring threat in the Top of the First. Roth scooped up an infield hit behind the pitcher’s mound, and threw to Nico DeCaria at first to get Buckie Biskup, then, quick thinking and a solid throw by DeCaria to Meehan at home, ended a sliding Ashton Wilson’s scoring attempt. Zack Gatto made an outstanding catch on a sinking line drive by Ashton Wilson in the Third Inning.

Nolan Curran of the Moose made an excellent play at third to throw out Carter Lutz at first base in the Bottom of the Second. Buckie Biskup was busy throughout the game playing a solid second base with five put outs, two of which were run-saving. Cade Owens ended two Legion scoring chances with his fine play at shortstop. Both teams battled to the end and played an excellent game.

R.J. Murray started for the Legion and earned the win. Murray also had an RBI and stole home.

Ryan Hampton closed out the game by pitching four scoreless innings for his second save in as many nights. Hampton collected an RBI as well.

Final Score – The American Legion 3 runs, the Moose 0.


Row 1 (L-R) – Carter Lutz, Zack Gatto, Tyler Baker Row 2 – Nico DeCaria, Ryan Hampton, James Meehan, Alexander Roth, Anthony Spadafore Row 3 – Assistant Coach Brad Meehan, Assistant Coach Bill Baker, R.J. Murray, Assistant Coach Don Lutz, Nathan Coonfare, Assistant Coach Joe DeCaria, and Head Coach Mike Hampton.


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McElwains Advances to Division Championship with Sweep

Ellwood City McElwains beat Central Valley 15’s 7-4 on July 10, sweeping the best-of-three series, and will advance to the Division Championship scheduled to start on July 14 at 5:30 in Ellwood City. They will play the winner of the Blackhawk AIS v. Riverside series.

McElwains started strong in the top of the first (game played at Ellwood City due to field conditions in Center Township). Max Keally battled CV’s starting pitcher, Willie Jugan, to a full count before drawing the lead off base on balls. Keally stole second and advanced to third on Tyler Good’s ground out. Keally broke for home on contact when Anthony Roth hit a ground ball to the shortstop and scored easily, making the score 1-0.

Keally started on the hill for McElwains but struggled with a sore elbow. He was lifted after four batters allowing two runs, two hits, and two walks. Mitch Fraser then took the mound with the bases loaded and no outs; he responded by retiring three consecutive batters, taking the heat out of a very hot kitchen (thank you Mike Lang!) but Central Valley had the lead 2-1.

Justin Baney lead off the second with a single and stole second easily. Mitch Fraser hit a ground ball, deep into the six-hole. The CV shortstop made a great play to keep it in the infield but his throw got away for the first baseman (Fraser would have been safe at first anyway). Baney scored on the play and Fraser hustled all the way to third base. After a pop-up lead to an out, Luke Angelucci was hit by a pitch and stole second. After another pop-up, Keally ripped a line drive single into left field, scoring both Fraser and Angelucci.

This made the score 4-1, a lead that McElwains would not relinquish as they cruised to a 7-4 win.

Fraser would go on to pitch six shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and getting the victory. Fraser moves to 3-0 on the season.

Having multiple hit games for McElwains were: Max Keally 2-3, 2 RBI; Tyler Good 2-4; Anthony Roth 2-4, 2 RBI; and Justin Baney 2-4, 1 RBI.

Starring for CV, while having multiple hit games were: Willie Jugan 3-4 and Mike Mendicino 2-4.

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McElwains Take Series Lead, Wins 4-1

Ellwood City McElwains took the lead in the first round of the Beaver County Colt League Playoffs by upending Central Valley 15’s at Sanders Field on July 7.

Tyler Good was fantastic on the mound for the home team, allowing just one run and five hits.

McElwains took the lead in second inning when Josh Bates walked, advanced to second on a ground out, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch. The third inning gave McElwains some breathing room. Tyler Good lead off with a double and advanced to third on Max Keally’s infield single. Keally stole second base, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Anthony Roth put the next pitch in play, scoring Good and advancing Keally to third. Cole Guy then double over the left fielder’s head, scoring Keally. Justin Baney single scored Guy, and McElwains led 4-0.

In the sixth inning, Central Valley cut into the lead when Jeff Santio, walked and took second on a passed ball. Good retired the next two batters while Santio was able to advance to third base. Mike Schafer took the count full on Good, fouling off multiple 3-2 offerings. Eventually, Schafer won the battle, smoking a double down the left field line, scoring Santio. McElwain’s lead was down to 4-1 and that would be in the final score.

McElwain’s leads the best of three series, 1-0, and upped the season record to 16-3.

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Ellwood’s Doug Petrak Wins 35th Annual 10K Race

On Saturday morning, 219 runners competed in the 35th annual Ellwood City Ledger 10K race.

Doug Petrak, of Ellwood City, won overall clocking in at 34:50.6. Mary Beth Acker, of New Wilmington, was the first female finisher with a time of 41:01.8.

Colin Galey and John Neff were second and third. Their hometowns are unavailable. Bonnie Smerk, of Ellwood City, and Leslie Kramer were the second and third female finishers. Kramer’s hometown was unavailable.

Age group winners are as following:

Female 1-13: Norah Seibel with a time of 52:22.4
14-19: Nikol Damato with a time of 53:01.9
20-26: Katie Roitz with a time of 47:05.9
27-33: Ashley Adams, of New Castle, with a time of 48:36.5
34-40: Jodi Commisso, of Edinburg, with a time of 47:43.6
41-45: Debbie Burry with a time of 49:16
46-50: Nancy Blank, of New Castle, with a time of 50:21.7
51-60: Michele Bamburak, of Wexford, with a time of 52:53.5
61+: Kathy Shoaf, of New Castle, with a time of 1:00:51.1

Male 1-13: Joseph Eyerman, of Ellwood City, with a time of 47:39.6
14-19: Billy Lott with a time of 36:58
20-26: Jonathon McElwain, of New Brighton, with a time of 38:20.8
27-33: Devin Walsh with a time of 38:45.9
34-40: Ryan Levis with a time of 43:47.3
40-45: Doug Basinski, of Ellwood City, with a time of 37:45.2
46-50: Frank D’Ambrosio with a time of 46:08.3
51-55: Jim Crooks with a time of 42:42.6
56-59: Steve Lengel, of Hermitage, with a time of 42:07.2
60-64: Bob Hardman with a time of 49:17.5
65-69: Bill Pifer, of Webster, NY, with a time of 54:33.370-79: Lou Alaskin, of New Galilee, with a time of 53:31.4

Full race results can be found at MilesofSmiles.




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McElwains Clinches Top Spot

Keally and Roth Save McElwains

McElwains EC bested Beaver Falls in a close game for the playoffs on July 2.

Ellwood City and Beaver Falls exchanged runs in the first. Beaver Falls plated runs in the third and fourth stanzas and took a 3-1 lead into the top of the fifth. Ellwood City  managed to tie the game with runs in the fifth and sixth. Both teams’ starting pitchers pitched to the allowable limit, and the relievers held the opponents in check for both the 7th and 8th innings.

In the top of the ninth, Ellwood City’s lead off batter, Anthony Agostinelli, hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop and secured first base. Ryan Bartolomeo sacrifice bunted Agostinelli to second. With two outs, Max Keally smashed a fastball over the shortstops head into left field. Agostinelli, who took off on the crack of the bat, scored easily.

Keally took second on a bobble, and McElwains took the lead. Anthony Roth followed with a single, advancing Keally to third. Predictably, Roth stole second. Cole Guy hard ground ball single up the middle scored both Keally and Roth. McElwains lead 6-3 but Beaver Falls still had some fight left in them.

In the bottom of the ninth, Anthony Roth came in to relieve pitcher Justin Baney. Roth issued a base on balls to Mike Veon who stole second. After battling Roth to a full count and fouling off three other pitches, Danny Busby lined a single to right, scoring Veon. The next batter was Levi Garrett. Garrett jumped on Roth’s first pitch, hitting a hard liner to the shortstop side of second base. Tyler Good broke quickly to his left jumping with what looked like bionic legs to snag the liner out of midair. Garrett was caught off guard by Good’s play and broke for second. Good’s throw to first easily erased Garrett and there were two outs.

The final out of the game required no pitches as the Beaver Falls player was injured and unable to complete his at-bat. Since there were no substitutes available, the out was recorded. Ellwood City McElwains 6, Beaver Falls 4.

It is important to note that the first two pitchers for Ellwood City, Tyler Good (6 IP, 17 K’s) and Justin Baney (2 IP, 6 K’s) combined for 23 K’s in just 8 innings.

Ellwood City lost in a game earlier in the day to Blackhawk-15. The final score of that non-division game was 6-2. Ellwood City McElwain’s record is now 14-3.
McElwain’s Clinches Top Spot

Ellwood City McElwain’s powered to a 9-3 victory behind a gritty pitching performance by Anthony Roth and a six run second inning. Roth was called into action when starting pitcher Justin Baney was injured and removed from the game after throwing just six pitches. Roth methodically threw the rest of the game, gaining his first win.

McElwain’s six-run, second inning started when leadoff hitter, Cole Guy crushed a ball deep into the left-center field gap. Guy stole third and scored when Vincent DeCaria ripped a single past the third baseman.

The next two batters, Josh Bates and Luke Angelucci, walked to load the bases. Ryan Bartolomeo pummeled a 2-1 pitch deep to the gap, clearing the bases with a standup double. Anthony Agostinelli singled to score Bartolomeo. Agostinelli advanced all the way to third on consecutive wild pitches and scored when Tyler Good singled to left. Ellwood City sent nine batters to the plate in the inning scoring six runs. Roth would get more run support later and, simply, found a way to get the win.

The win moved Ellwood City McElwains into a first place tie with Riverside, each with a season record of 15-3. Since the teams split the head-to-head regular season series, the second tiebreaker is referenced to determine the top seed. On the basis of division record, (EC 11-1; Riv 10-2) Ellwood City is crowned the regular season champion and will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The playoffs are scheduled to start on Tuesday, July 7 at Sanders Field.


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American Legion Defeats Wolves Twice to Advance to Playoffs

The E.C.A.B.F. playoffs are underway. The American Legion and the Wolves faced off Monday and Tuesday. The Legion swept the series and await the result of the Moose v. Johnny’s Series. The Championship Series is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week at 8:00 PM.

E.C.A.B.F. 2015 Playoffs Game 2
The American Legion Post #157 Defeats the Wolves 10-3.

The Wolves began the scoring in the Top of the First when Brennen Marsh and Rody Polojac both singled, then Ryan Gibbons followed with a three run home run down the left field line. That would prove to be the end of the scoring for the Wolves as R.J. Murray and Ryan Hampton held them scoreless the rest of the game with strong pitching performances.

The American Legion Post #157 answered back with five runs in the Bottom of the First. Carter Lutz and Ryan Hampton both walked and then stole third and second. James Meehan drove in Lutz with a single up the middle. Nathan Coonfare singled and Nico DeCaria followed with a fielder’s choice to score Meehan. R.J. Murray cleared the bases with a homerun to right center.

The Legion scored again in the Bottom of the Second. Anthony Spadafore and Jack Landis both walked. Carter Lutz singled to drive in Spadafore. The Legion put up four more in the Bottom of the Fourth. R.J. Murray and Zack Gatto both singled and stole third and second. Jack Landis laid down a great bunt to drive in Murray. Gatto then stole home. Baker walked and stole second and third. Carter Lutz walked and stole second. Alexander Roth drove in Baker and Lutz with a triple to left center field.

Nico DeCaria started the game, but gave up the home run to Gibbons. R.J. Murray earned the win by tossing three scoreless innings. Ryan Hampton also pitched three innings and closed out the game by striking out five of the six batters he faced in the last two innings.

The American Legion will face the winner of the Moose and Johnny’s Pizza Monday night, July 6 at 8:00, at Freidhoff Field.

E.C.A.B.F. 2015 Playoffs Game 1
The American Legion Post #157 Defeats the Wolves 9-3

Steady rain fell, but the game played on. The Legion started the scoring in the Top of the Second when Nathan Coonfare singled, followed by a single from Nico DeCaria. Coonfare advanced to third, and scored by stealing home on a wild pitch. The Wolves answered back in the Bottom of the Fourth. Brennen Marsh and Rody Polojac both singled, then Ryan Gibbons followed with a home run.

The Legion took the lead for good in the Top of the Fifth when Nico DeCaria and R.J. Murray each singled, Zack Gatto, Anthony Spadafore, Tyler Baker, and Carter Lutz each followed with walks. Spadafore’s walk plated DeCaria, and Baker’s walk scored Murray. Ryan Hampton then doubled to drive in Spadafore, Baker, and Lutz. The Legion completed the scoring in the Top of the Sixth when Nico DeCaria singled and R.J. Murray homered to make the score 9-3 in the favor of the legion.

Nico Decaria, R.J. Murray, and Ryan Hampton each pitched two innings for the Legion. Murray and Hampton each had six strikeouts. Hampton closed the game with two scoreless innings to earn the win.

Ryan Gibbons pitched four innings and Rody Polojac finished the game for the Wolves.

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Ellwood City McElwains Survives Early Scare, Runs Away from New Brighton

Ellwood City McElwains won a Colt League game against New Brighton on June 29.

McElwains scored three runs in the top of the first and appeared ready to continue its six-game winning streak. New Brighton had other ideas. They plated five runs of their own in the bottom of the first and McElwain’s found itself on the wrong side of the score for the first time in quite some time.

McElwains responded in the second and third innings. In the second, McElwains batted around, scoring three runs to re-take the lead for good. In the third, McElwains sent sixteen batters to the plate, scoring ten runs.

Ultimately, every player on McElwains’ roster scored at least on run, and the team stole a season-high eleven bases for the game.

Anthony Roth started the game on the mound for McElwains. Tyler Good relieved Roth and pitched the final four innings. Good recorded 10 K’s, striking out the side in his first three innings of relief. His record improved to 7-1 for the season.

Statistical leaders for the game:
Jordan Recce: 3-4, 2 R, 3 SB, 3 RBI
Max Keally: 2-4, 3 R, 1 BB, 1 RBI
Josh Bates: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 RBI
Cole Guy: 1-3, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 RBI
Tyler Good: 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 RBI

McElwains moves to 13-2 on the season, currently alone in first place in the North Division of the Beaver County Colt League.

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