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The Lady Panthers went into the PIAA AA State Championship game Friday morning with a perfect record of 22-0. The girls were a force to be reckoned with the entire season between clenching the WPIAL Championship and sliding their way through the PIAA Playoffs.
Riverside surely met their match, Brandywine Heights, at Penn State’s Beard Field in State College last week. The Lady Bullets only had two losses under their belt as they prepared to take on the undefeated Lady Panthers.
Pitching was not a game changing factor in the Championship at all for Riverside. Kirsten Wilson took the mound with confidence each inning as she had for the previous 22 games. In six innings, Wilson struckout 13 batters, walked 1, and allowed 5 hits. Brandywine Heights’ Megan Olson failed to match Wilson’s statistics, striking out 4, walking 1, and allowing 4 hits.
Riverside just couldn’t seem to get their bats started throughout the game. Twice the Lady Panthers had batters on third with one out but just couldn’t get the score. Many wondered if this would come back to haunt the Panthers later in the game and it did.
Until the fourth inning, the game remained scoreless for both dugouts. The Lady Bullets’ Jess Musser then hit a single to send Amanda Hess home on an error for the first and only run of the morning. This was also the only run to be scored in all four PIAA games against the Lady Panthers.
Sophomore, Logan Snyder, carried the Panthers with hits. The young player fired both a triple and single throughout the course of the game to keep Riverside’s State Championship dream alive. Natalie Pritts also put forth a valiant effort at the plate, chipping in a single. Sadly, the Panthers came up short, losing a 0-1 game against Brandywine Heights.
Although the 2013 WPIAL Champions and PIAA State Runner-ups should be nothing but proud. Pam McCarty’s girls had a season that some only dream about. Finishing up with a record of 22-1, this Lady Panther team is one for the books.
Riverside will return next year with seven of their nine starters, more hungry than ever for that State Championship title. But the key factor in their future success will definitely be finding a replacement for the Kirsten Wilson, Nicole Mansfield pitcher-catcher duo. Two young Lady Panthers will have some pretty big shoes to fill in the 2014 season.
Riverside and Philipsburg-Oceola were set to play at Brockway High School yesterday afternoon for the PIAA AA Semifinals until Mother Nature had a plan of her own. With gloomy skies and scattered showers throughout the day, Brockway’s field was deemed unplayable. The game was then moved to Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
But don’t think a short delay of game or a little rain shook up the Lady Panthers. Kirsten Wilson threw yet another perfect game. No-hitters seem almost like a regular occurrence for Wilson nowadays. She struck out a total of 15 Lady Mounties and allowed only 4 walks.
The battle for a State Championship spot remained dead even with a scoreless game until the 5th inning. Cassie Barker stole a free walk to first to lead off the first inning. Sophomore, Nicole Kranz, hit a sacrifice bunt to send Barker to second. Logan Snyder then followed Barker’s lead by also picking up a walk.
With two runners on base and a powerhouse up to bat, the Lady Mounties had no other choice but to intentionally walk Kirsten Wilson in attempts to defend the plate. Although Natalie Pritts knew what was at stake as she received her pitch. Pritts bombed one to center field to score Barker and Snyder for the only 2 runs of the game.
Other leading batters for the afternoon were Brooke Barker, Nicole Mansfield, Kirsten Wilson, and Morgan McElwain. Barker contributed a double while Mansfield smacked a single and a double. Wilson and McElwain also both chipped in a single a piece.
Riverside kept their dream alive, after defeating the Mounties 2-0. The Lady Panthers will now advance to the PIAA AA State Championship on Friday against Brandywine. The game will be held at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Softball Park in State College, PA at 10:00 a.m. The WPIAL Champions improved their perfect record to 22-0. With a win on Friday, Riverside will clench yet another title as well have a spotless season.
Nalco 5 – PJ Construction 2
At the midway point of the season Nalco remains unbeaten at 6-0. For Nalco, Danny D’Itri capped his winning performance on the mound by striking out 3 people looking. He threw 9 pitches that inning, making every one count. D’Itri started off the 4th inning at 3rd base, fielding the first balls hit to him and to get the first 2 outs of the inning. In the 5th inning, James Meehan made a great stop of Doug Balin’s hard hit line drive to hold him to a single. Joey Hudson followed with a walk but Danny D’Itri then doubled in Balin.
This was immediately followed up by a line shot to right center by Justin Bailey earning him a 2 RBI double. For PJ Construction, a late inning come back started with the walking of Brock Biega. With 2 outs, Sammy DiCaprio doubled to center, setting up the next batter with runners on 2nd and 3rd. Ryan Hampton was next who sent a shot to the center field fence, scoring 2 and earning himself a triple. The comeback came up short when shortstop, Balin, fielded a hard hit liner throwing the batter out at first for the 3rd and final out of the game. Nalco finished on top with a score of 5-2.
Elks 13 – Moose 12
- Josh Magill pitched 4 innings to strikeout 6 and walk 4.
- Jake Roxberry pitched 2 innings to strikeout 3 and walk 2.
- Blake Agnew pitched 5 innings to strikeout 5 and walk 2.
Elks Leading Batters:
- Jake Roxberry batted 3 times to have 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
- Josh Magill batted 3 times to have 2 hits and 1 RBI.
- Alex Fotia batted 3 times to have 3 hits and 4 RBIs.
- James Meehan batted 3 times to have 3 hits and 2 RBIs.
Moose Leading Batters:
- Tristan Weber batted 4 times to have 2 hits and 1 RBI.
- Brandon Harden batted 3 times to have 3 hits and 4 RBIs.
- Gage Agnew batted 3 times to have 2 hits and 3 RBIs.
- Matthew Dudash batted 3 times to have 2 hits.
With the score tied at 12 in the bottom of the sixth, Matthew Dudash smacked a ball into the left center field gap to open the frame with a double. Two batters later, James Meehan cracked a ground-rule double, his third hit of the game, scoring Dudash for the win. Elks came out on top with a final score of 13 – 12.
Elks 12 – Johnny’s 7
- Austin Walley pitched 5 innings to strikeout 8 and walk 3.
- Jake Roxberry pitched a third of an inning to strikeout 1 and walk 4.
- Jake Peffer pitched two-thirds of an inning to strikeout 1 and walk 0.
- Brady Welsh pitched 5 innings to strikeout 4 and walk 1.
- Hunter Wilson pitched 1 inning to strikeout 2 and walk 1.
Elks Leading Batters:
- Evan Barton batted 4 times to have 2 hits and 1 RBI.
- Austin Walley batted 4 times to have 3 hits and 2 RBIs.
- Josh Magill batted 4 times to have 2 hits and 1 RBI.
- Caden Ochsenhirt batted 3 times to have 3 hits and 2 RBIs.
Johnny’s Leading Batters:
- Storm Chambers batted 3 times to have 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
- Ryan Hampton batted 3 times to have 3 hits and 2 RBIs.
Known by most in the area as a wrestler and football player, Austin Walley paced the Elks in picking up their second consecutive win both on the mound and at the plate. Walley threw five strong innings to keep the hard-hitting Johnny’s lineup at bay for five innings. He consistently threw strikes, walking only three batters.
Johnny’s staged a comeback late with Storm Chambers smacking a two-out, two-run double, but reliever, Jake Peffer came in to close out the game for the Elks.
At this point in the season, the Lady Panthers look like the dream team for any softball coach. Pam McCarty’s team is currently 21-0 with a WPIAL Championship under their belts. But after Friday afternoon’s show, they proved to Ligonier Valley there is still plenty of unfinished business for the Panthers.
Riverside’s scoreless first inning was a false glimmer of hope for the Rams. Ligonier Valley upset Chesnut Ridge to advance to the State Quarterfinals and were looking to do the same with Semifinals. But once the Lady Panthers put their bats to work the Rams might as well started to warm their buses.
Multiple players put hits into the books for Riverside, making this an offensive win for the Panthers. Among those sluggers were Brooke Barker, Natalie Pritts, Kirsten Wilson, Nicole Mansfield, and Andrea Lippman. Riverside mercied Ligonier Valley at the end of five innings with a final score of 13-0. Is it even possible to mercy a team in the State Quarterfinals?
Wilson defended her post on the mound as usual, holding the Rams to zero runs and one hit. In five innings, she pitched seven strikeouts and no walks. The chemistry between Wilson and her catcher, fellow senior, Nicole Mansfield was undeniable. Mansfield has been a major part of Wilson’s pitching success throughout the season.
Riverside will play Philipsburg-Osceola today in the PIAA AA Semifinals. The game will be held at Brockway High School at 4:00 p.m. With just two more wins, Riverside will finish off their perfect season with a State Championship. If Panthers play anything like they did on Friday, the Lady Mounties should be fearful of this afternoon’s outcome.
Fresh off of a WPIAL AA Championship, the Lady Panthers knew that yesterday was a whole new ball game. Although Pam McCarty’s softball stars still managed to shine as they squashed Curwensville’s dream of a State Championship.
A breezy day at North Allegheny High School, the ever so modest, Kirsten Wilson, stuck out on the mound once again. How many high school pitchers can say they have pitched 17 shutouts in just one season? Wilson just happens to be one of the few who can. At the end of the day, she added up 13 strikeouts and 0 walks for the win.
Wilson was even able to defend the plate as well, with not one, but two homeruns. This Bloomfield prospect is a force to be reckoned with. Wilson sailed the first homerun to right field to put the Panthers in the lead. She consistently followed up with her second, smacking it over the scoreboard to bring in three runs for Riverside.
Wilson’s fellow senior, Nicole Mansfield, also chipped in an RBI for the win. Mansfield ripped a double in the first inning to send Natalie Pritts home. Another key player in the game was Logan Snyder. The sophomore was able to snatch a line drive to save Wilson’s perfect game in the top of the seventh.
Snyder also finished the afternoon with three singles and one run batted in. She was showered with hugs for efforts from her fellow teammates immediately following the game. The Panthers proved yesterday they are not settled with just one ring.
After defeating Curwensville in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs 6-0, the girls have their hearts set on a State Championship. Riverside, now 20-0, doesn’t want to end their perfect season yet. The girls are set to play Ligonier Valley in the quarterfinals Thursday. A time and site are yet to be announced.
Heading into a WPIAL Championship with a perfect record of 18-0 is usually comforting to most teams. That is until you find out your team is playing the reigning WPIAL Champions also coming off a flawless season of 18-0. Although the Lady Panthers remained calm and cool throughout yesterday afternoon’s fierce sun at California University of Pennsylvania.
Riverside left Deer Lakes shaking after scoring three runs in just the first inning. Logan Snyder and Brooke Barker were able take first and second off of errors for the Lady Panthers. Natalie Pritts followed with a single to load the bases for slugger, Morgan McElwain. She stepped up to the plate and drilled her pitch to right field, sending home all three of her teammates.
Riverside lead Deer Lakes 3-0 at the end of one. Although the game quickly turned into an uneventful one soon after. The score remained the same until the sixth inning where the heat started to flare up.
Kirsten Wilson, Riverside’s star pitcher, was able to control her arm for the majority of the game as she pitched just three hits, 11 strikeouts, and 3 walks to the Deer Lakes Lady Lancers. The senior has been a standout the entire season, making it almost boring for Riverside’s defense. When she gave up her first run since April 18th in the sixth inning, her teammates made sure that was the last.
Andrea Lippman, rightfielder, was able to close the inning and put Wilson at ease. Deer Lakes’ Sierra Sarver cracked one to right field with the ability to possibly change the game in her team’s favor. But Lippman was not having that. With the ball headed for over the fence, Lippman made a mid-air catch, saving Riverside’s 3-1 lead. Can we get an instant replay on that?
Riverside was able to give Wilson a 2 run cushion in the bottom of the sixth, raising the score 5-1. With two outs in the top of the seventh, her last batter hit a grounder to first base for the third and final out. And just like that, Riverside became the WPIAL AA Champions.
The team received their trophy and medals in a ceremony after the game. Not to mention, Pam McCarty and her Panthers were greeted at Giant Eagle by anxious Riverside fans, eager to see the new champs. The girls lead a parade through Ellwood City with firetrucks, police, and well, lots of commotion.
This is third title in six years for the Panthers and sixth in Riverside’s history. But the girls aren’t done yet. They are hoping to continue their immaculate season with a State Championship. Riverside will play Monday, June 3 at a time and site to be announced against the District 9.
What does a man who once trained as a boxer at the Olympic Center in Colorado Springs and the Army do in Ellwood City? The former star athlete lends his talents and experience to the Ellwood City Police Department Boxing Club, of course.
Jack Maine Sr., Ellwood native, has been involved with the gym since he was twelve years old. Thirty-four years later, boxing gloves are still a permanent staple in Maine’s wardrobe. In 2006, he earned the role of “coach” for the program, becoming responsible to train, teach, and take the kids wherever they may need to go. Maine also successfully brought two of his own children up through the program, Jack Jr. and Ben.
On June 1st, the ECPD Boxing Club alongside Maine will be hosting their annual fundraiser. There will be live youth boxing at the Sons of Italy Club in Ellwood City. The first match will begin at 7:30. Boxers from across the state will be attending including a few stragglers from Ohio and West Virginia.
Meet one of the star boxers from the ECPD Boxing Club:
Name: Zach Arvelo (on right)
Parents: Tony and Margarita Arvello
Age: 15 years oldGrade: 10th grade at New Castle Junior/Senior High School
Years involved in the program: 4 years
What made you first become interested in boxing? “I was already involved with jujitsu. One day, I was watching UFC and I thought, ‘hey I’d be pretty good at that!’ But I knew that it was going to be different because you actually throw punches. So I figured I would try it out with my friend, Raymond Moore.”
How often do you train? “I train three days a week in Ellwood City and I also sometimes go to the New Castle gym.”
What is your proudest accomplishment in the ring? “This year, I was the Golden Glove Western Pennsylvania Champ. I also went to Regionals for the Junior Olympics in Virginia. I’ll go wherever they send me!”
Do you have any outside hobbies? “I play football and track for New Castle.”
What is the best advise you have ever received from a coach? “Just in general, don’t get hit. But Coach Maine tells me all the time to just keep doing what I’m doing.”
What would you tell young kid interested in boxing? “Boxing would definitely be good for you. It gets your confidence up and builds character, I’m sure of that. Just be sure to stick with it and you’ll go far.”
What are your future plans? “I hope to someday go professional with boxing. I just want to see where it takes me especially with my other sports and in MMA. I definitely see myself as a fighter.”
This past weekend Arvelo lost a touch match in the Regional Championships. But Ellwood’s thirteen-year old, Cody Stang, defeated a D.C. boxer to become the Regional Champ. Because of his age, he will not be able to compete any further this year.
Tickets for the matches will be available at the door. The fundraiser will cover the tournament entry fees, travel expenses, and equipment for the boxing club. Training is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights for youth in the basement of the Municipal Building for absolutely no charge.
For the past two years, the spotlight in Riverside High School has been centered around the boy’s baseball team. Dan Oliastro and his Panthers picked up three rings in the past twenty-four months. With a WPIAL Championship and two State Championships under their belt, the boys controlled the hype of the high school.
But this year, the team let the dream of “one for their thumb” slip after losing in the first round of the WPIAL AA Playoffs. Although don’t think for a second that Riverside wasn’t going to show up in the WPIAL AA Championships anyways.
The consistent Lady Panthers, lead by Pam McCarty, are currently 18-0, coming off of a flawless season. The girls are looking to cap off the year with a WPIAL Championship tomorrow afternoon at California University of Pennsylvania. Riverside will take on one of their toughest opponents of the season, the Deer Lakes Lady Lancers, at 2:00pm.
The Lady Lancers are undefeated as well, which will change for one of the teams as a result of tomorrow’s game. With a forecast of 89 degrees and sunny skies, the heat is sure to be on both competitors on the field and at the plate.
Tomorrow is sure to be filled with a lot of thrills and excitement as Deer Lakes tries to reclaim their spot as WPIAL AA Champions as they did last year. Riverside just missed their opportunity to play the Lancers in the previous season after losing to Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals.
Looking for another set of rings to bring back to Riverside, McCarty’s soldiers are ready for war against the once State Champion prospects. With a pitcher racking up 16 shutouts just this season, tomorrow’s game is definitely going to be one you won’t want to miss. Game updates will be available by MSA Sports. Both teams will be seeded in the 2013 PIAA AA Softball Championship bracket despite the outcome of the game.
Ellwood City Boys 4×1 Relay Team starting from left, Nicholas Ioanilli, DJ Barrett, Keaton Docchio, and Kevin Court.
Lincoln High School sent four student athletes to the PIAA State Track & Field Championships at Shippensburg University today. The fab four placed third at the WPIAL Finals on May 16 at Baldwin High School where they qualified for States. Docchio will also be competing in the 110 Hurdles and Court in the 300 Hurdles.
For more information on the boys, please view our previous story http://news.ellwoodcity.org/2013/05/17/ec-boys-relay-team-advances-to-state-championship/.
Lawrence County Pony League:
Game 3: ESB 10 – Mohawk 5
Mitch “Meat” Fraser was dynamic Monday night, leading Ellwood City’s ESB to a Lawrence County League Victory Monday night. Mitch was the winning pitcher, pitching five innings, scattering four hits, and allowing just three runs; offensively, Mitch was 3 for 3, scoring 4 runs, and stealing 5 bases. Other offensive contributions were made by: Max Keally: 1hit, 1 run; Blaze Chambers: 1 hit 3 runs; Cole Guy: 2 hits, 1 run. Also collecting a hit for ESB were: Steve Ketterer, Trey Houk, and Anthony Byers. Tyler Alberts tossed the final two innings and struck out 5 while allowing just one hit and one run.
ESB is now 3-0 in Lawrence County Pony League.
Game 4: ESB 8 – New Castle Pride 3
Under the bright lights of Sanders Field, ESB shut down the New Castle Pride in Lawrence Pony League action. ESB surrendered just three hits and cruised to the victory. Offensively, Max Keally, Mitch Fraser, Anthony Agostinelli, and Tyler Alberts had multi-hit games and scored at least one run each.
On the hill, Blaze Chambers, Alberts, and Keally combined for five 1-2-3 innings, recording 15 of the 21 outs by strikeout.
Game 5: ESB 6 – Neshannock 5
On a hot, dry afternoon, great pitching, grit, and determination combined to give ESB a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Neshannock. On the hill, Blaze Chambers and Max Keally combined to yield just three hits, striking out 14 batters. After ESB grabbed the lead 6-3 in the 6th inning, the home team plated a run in the 6th to set the stage for the intense ending.
Neshannock’s Billy Gray drew a walk and Eli Slinn got a single. Keally got Michael Ball to chase an 0-2 curveball for strike three. An error advanced the runners to second and third causing ESB to intentionally walk Daniel Foy. A wild pitch scored Gray and advanced the winning run to scoring position. DJ DiMuccio batted next and saw three straight balls before Keally delivered two consecutive strikes. With the count now full, DiMuccio fouled off the next FOUR pitches. The next pitch was a fast ball low and away. Dimuccio’s swing and miss ended the ball game. ESB 6-Neshannock 5.
Collecting hits for ESB were: Keally (2), Chambers, Mitch Fraser (2), Anthony Agostinelli, Tyler Alberts, and Anthony Byers.
Game 6: ESB 8 – Hungarian Home 6
After the dramatics in Neshannock, ESB returned to the normally friendly confines of Sanders Field only to be engaged in a Lawrence County Pony League version of the Civil War. Even though ESB took the lead in the top half of the second inning, Hungarian Home put pressure on in every inning, threatening to pull ahead.
On the hottest day of the year, during the hottest time of day, Blaze Chambers star shined brightest. Blaze pitched the final four innings for ESB, yielding just two runs on two hits while striking out 8. In the sixth inning with two outs and the score 6-5, the bases were loaded for Ryan Bartolomeo who already had two hits in the game. On a 1-2 pitch, the ball was pounded into the ground towards Chambers. Chambers stepped forward, calmly fielded the ball, sprinted towards home, and stepped on the plate to force the runner, ending the inning and the threat.
Collecting hits for ESB were: Max Keally (3), Chambers (2), Mitch Fraser (2), Anthony Agostinelli (2), and Trey Houk.
Hits for Hungarian Home: Luke Angelucci, Josh Bates, Anthony Roth, Ryan Bartolomeo (2), Vincent DeCaria, Luca Botti, and Mikey Hughes.