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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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McElwain’s Wins Two More

McElwain’s Reclaims Share of First Place, Beats Rival Riverside 1-0
Ellwood City McElwain’s improved to 12-2 and moved into a first place tie with rival Riverside on June 25.

Justin Baney (EC) and Adam Jeannette (Riv) each pitched completed games and kept the opponents at bay for most of the evening.

Riverside’s best chance to score came in the top of the first inning. Dylan Speicher led off the game with a base-on-balls. He attempted to steal second but Mitch Fraser’s throw to second base beat Speicher to record the first out of the game.

Then with two outs, Adam Dambach was walked on four pitches, stole second, and took third on a wild pitch. At the plate was Riverside’s clean-up hitter, Wil Yasenka. Yaskena hit a line drive to second baseman Jordan Recce and Baney escaped the first inning unscathed.

Baney would not allow another runner past second base the rest of the evening, allowing just one hit, a 7th inning lead-off single by Yasenka.

Ellwood City McElwain’s consistently threatened to break the scoreless tie in each of the first five innings; however, every threat was met by Jeannette that left seven Ellwood City runners on base and the game scoreless.

Momentum swung toward Ellwood City McElwain’s in the top of the sixth. Baney yielded consecutive walks to Carter Bailey and Danny Shannon to start the inning. This brought up the top of the order for Riverside. Baney proceeded to strike out the powerful part of the Riverside line-up. Ellwood City ran off the field, excited for their half of the 6th inning.

Mitch Fraser led off with a single and took second when the ball was misplayed in left field. Josh Bates’ ground ball was misplayed and Fraser attempted to score from second but the throw beat him to the plate and he was the first out of the inning. Bates wisely took second base on the play and advanced to third base on Cole Guy’s infield ground ball. Then with two outs and the count 0-2, Bates scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch.

The home team erupted when Baney shut the door in the 7th inning, both Ellwood City and Riverside found themselves 12-2 in Beaver County Colt League and tied for first place in the North Division.

There is just one week remaining in the regular season. If these two teams meet in the playoffs, the whole town should come and watch as this matchup promises to be a classic.

McElwain’s Clinches Playoff Berth with Shutout Victory
Ellwood City McElwain’s clinched a Beaver County Colt League playoff berth on June 23 claiming a shutout victory over Blackhawk 16’s

McElwain’s was led by pitcher Tyler Good, who threw his fourth shutout in seven starts this season. Good struckout nine, scattered six hits, and did not allow a runner past second base.

After a scoreless first inning, Justin Baney led off the bottom of the second with a single up the middle. He stole second and two wild pitches later, he plated the first run of the game. In the third inning, Luke Angelucci lead off with a single, Good followed with a bunt single, and then both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

With the count 0-2, Anthony Roth hit a ground ball and Angelucci broke for the plate. Angelucci’s slide just beat the throw at home, scoring the second run of the game; Good advanced to third and Roth was safe at first. Roth promptly stole second.

The next batter was Baney who, like Roth, hit a ground ball. Good broke for the plate but this time, Blackhawk opted for the out at first. Good scored, giving Ellwood a 3-0 lead and Roth took third base on the play. Then, with two outs, Josh Bates delivered an RBI single, scoring Roth. McElwain’s led 4-0 and while they threatened to tack on some insurance runs in the 4th and 5th stanzas, Blackhawk held tough.

Blackhawk was led by Logan Ciriani. Ciriani pitched brilliantly in the loss, surrendering just six hits and two base-on-balls while striking out seven. Ciriani was also 3 for 3 at the plate.


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Ellwood City McElwain’s Cruises behind Good’s One-Hitter

McElwains’ defeated Hopewell 9-0 in a Beaver County Colt League Game on June 16.

Tyler Good pitched a shut out with 13 strikeouts against Hopewell, surrendering just one hit. In the 39 innings that he has pitched this season, he has struck out 63 batters.

In the first inning, Justin Baney delivered a bases-loaded single that scored Anthony Roth and Good.

McElwain’s did the majority of their damage in the fourth inning. Baney stole both second and third, and scored when Mitch Fraser delivered with a single to left. Later, with two outs, Ryan Bartolomeo pounded a double to deep left-center field that scored Fraser. Jordan Recce scored Bartolomeo and Max Kelly ripped a single down right field line, scoring both Angelucci and Bartolomeo. This ran the score to 7-0.

EC McElwain’s put the bat on the ball against Hopewell, recording fourteen hits. Multiple hit games were had by: Tyler Good, Anthony Roth, Justin Baney, Luke Angelucci, and Jordan Recce.

Ellwood City McElwain’s is now 10-2 in Beaver County Colt League action. McElwain’s will next play at 6 p.m. in New Brighton.

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Devin Walsh Wins First Super Soren 5K

Thirty-three runners participated in the inaugural Super Soren 5K.

Devin Walsh, 27, won with a time of 18:30. Bonnie Smerk was 2nd and the top female finisher with a time of 29:59.2.

Proceeds benefited 3-year old Soren Flook, son of Mike Flook and Paige Nussbaum of Conway. Soren drowned in July 2014 and was revived. However, he suffers from brain damage. The Super Soren Fund was established by Mary Prence to raise money for his rehabilitation. The 5K is one of several events the fund has organized.

Other finishers are as follows:

3. Frank D’Ambrosio, 49, 21:11.1

4. Katie Roitz, 24, 21:51.2

5. Valerie Shoaf, 32, 23:44.6

6. Randy Brown, 57, 24:01.1

7. Michael Roff, 70, 28:27.8

8. Mike DeSantis, 49, 28:36.7

9. Michael Gruber, 38, 28:38.3

10. Janet McGlean, 37, 28:40.2

11. Steve Roitz, 47, 28:40.7

12. Sarah Wedekind, 27, 28:41.6

13. Jamie Knauff, 34, 28:51.7

14. BreAnna Valvano, 31, 29:52.9

15. Harry Green, 68, 31:26.9

16. Matthew Kish, 31, 32:18.6

17. Amanda Bigger, 28, 32:22.8

18. Matt Boffo, 31, 32:48.2

19. Deborah Squicquero, 57, 33:17.5

20. James Lutz, 38, 33:20.4

21. Kelly Roitz, 20, 33:40.1

22. Amanda Stiles, 20, 33:41.4

23. Emily Rodenbeck, 13, 35:10.9

24. Teresa Monaco, 37, 35:23.3

25. Daniel Rodenbeck, 9, 35:28.4

26. Scott Rodenbeck, 51, 35:30.8

27. Felicity Say, 16, 36:17.2

28. Eric Say, 36, 36:18.3

29. Jamie Paniagua, 32, 38:11.1

30. Sherry Lesheski, 40, 38:24.9

31. Jamie Kerr, 34, 38:25.2

32. Dave Lechel, 49, 38:42.0

33. Dana Piatek, 39, 40:01.2

Race results courtesy of Miles of Smiles.

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McElwain’s Wins Twice, Now 10-3

Baney Throws One-Hitter, McElwains Beats Central Valley 11-1

McElwain’s defeated Central Valley on June 13 in a Beaver County Colt League game.

Justin Baney was marvelous on Saturday, limiting Central Valley to just one hit and striking out eight. The offense gave him plenty of support as the team scored in every inning, pounding out ten hits.

Leading McElwain’s with multiple hits were Tyler Good and Anthony Roth. Roth, Baney, and Ryan Bartolomeo each had multiple RBI’s.

McElwain’s upped its Beaver County Colt League record to 9-2. McElwain’s next plays at Hopewell on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 PM.
McElwain’s Comes-From-Behind, Wins 9-2

Ellwood City McElwain’s defeated ABE (Ambridge-Baden-Economy) in a Beaver County Colt League game on June 11.

McElwain’s found themselves behind by a run in the bottom of the 5th inning despite having runners in scoring position in three of the first four innings. In the 5th, the McElwain’s pressure became too much. With one out, Max Keally singled and Tyler Good reached on an error. The next pitch saw both runners steal bases that put the go-ahead run in scoring position. Anthony Roth, who had just re-entered the game, smacked a sacrifice fly to left. Keally tagged and scored the tying run but the game did not stay tied for long. Good took third on the throw home and when the throw got away, Good scored putting McElwain’s up for good.

McElwain’s blew open the game in the sixth inning by sending eleven batters to the plate. Every player reached based at least once in the inning. McElwain’s plated six runs setting the stage for Good to close the door on another McElwain’s victory.

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Zack Gatto’s Defense and Two RBIs Lead Legion to Victory over the Lions

The American Legion defeated the Lions 10-0 in a Little League game on Wednesday, June 10.

Nico DeCaria pitched a four inning shutout for the Legion to earn the win. In the Bottom of the First, Carter Lutz singled and later scored. In the Bottom of the Second, Anthony Spadafore singled, stole two bases, and scored on a sacrifice bunt. Tyler Baker singled, stole a base, and was driven in on a single by Carter Lutz.

The Legion’s scoring continued into the Bottom of the Third with runs by James Meehan, Nathan Coonfarem, and Nico DeCaria. There was more scoring in the Bottom of the Fourth, which concluded with an RBI by DeCaria.

Brock Biega and Brayden Veres each had one hit for the Lions.

The Legion’s bats scored 10 runs, but their defense secured the shutout. Zack Gatto led the defense with two great catches in center field. Both were line drives heading for extra bases. Gatto also fielded a ball in center field and fired a bullet to the catcher Meehan for an outfield assist, gunning down Skylar Bartolomeo at the plate! Alexander Roth started a double play to second baseman Lutz and then to first baseman Hampton for a 6-4-3 double play.

DeCaria threw 48 pitches in four innings to earn the win. Bartolomeo started and suffered the loss for the Lions. Ethan Pilarski pitched one inning in relief of Bartolomeo.

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McElwain’s Offense Explodes, Ends Two Game Slide

Ellwood City McElwain’s beat Beaver 12-2 in a Beaver County Colt League action ending a two game losing streak.

McElwain’s had previously lost 8-4 to Hopewell and 5-1 to Riverside.

McElwain’s collected 19 hits while pitchers Max Keally and Mitch Fraser combined to allow just four in the blowout. Keally was the starter and allowed one unearned run on two hits while striking out five. Fraser relieved Keally allowing another unearned run on two hits.

Leading the way offensively for McElwain’s with a multiple hit game were:

  • Justin Baney 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Luke Angelucci 3-3, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Anthony Agostinelli 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Max Keally 3-3, 2 R, 2RBI
  • Tyler Good 2-4, 1R, 1 RBI
  • Josh Bates 2-3, 1R
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Lincoln Sports Physicals

Lincoln High School’s health office will be offering physicals for fall sports two times this summer: Wednesday, June 17 and Wednesday, July 1.

The cost of the physicals is $10. Students must schedule an appointment prior to the day of the physical. Forms must be completed and money turned in to complete an appointment. Forms are available in the main office.

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Super Soren’s 5k this Weekend

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Soren and his mother, Paige Nussbaum

Team Super Soren has put together a Super Soren 5k race, to take place in Ellwood City at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 13th to raise money for Soren Flook’s rehab. There will be medals awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, and each participant will get a ribbon.

There will be T-shirts for sale, and there will be a Chinese auction taking place in the Community Plaza on Lawrence Avenue. We have Pirates tickets as one of our auction items! There will be a fire truck for the kids to see, courtesy of Rick Myers, EC Fire Chief and his fire department.

Anyone wishing to run in the race can register at (see info o flyer, attached) or by calling Karin Christoff, race coordinator at 315-767-4996, or at (attached is the flyer for the event, and the route).

So far, the volunteers have had a bowling party fundraiser, a vendor event, a pizza voucher sale, a T-shirt sale, and a ticket sale based on the PA lottery. There are other events in the works and we are always open to ideas. Anyone with ideas for fundraising or who is willing to help should contact Mary Prence of Ellwood City, Fundraising Chairperson at 724-674-5452 or at


Mayor Anthony J. Court, Soren Flook, Mary Prence (fundraising chairperson of the Super Soren Fund,) and Karin Christoff (race organizer).


About Soren

Soren Flook, 3, of Conway, has brain damage, resulting from a drowning accident on July 1, 2014. Found unresponsive, he was revived after more than 15 minutes without heartbeat. After being sent to Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, by helicopter, his prognosis was grim. The family was told it was possible that he wouldn’t survived, then they were told that he may never awaken, be able to be removed from the ventilator, see, or swallow.

Although he does have resulting brain damage, Soren can see and hear, and he can move every part of his body. For the first several months, he couldn’t make a sound. He now tries to talk, although it is mostly just sounds, and he now can smile and laugh. His cognitive abilities are in tact, and he can do basic things on command, like raise his hand, give “fist bumps,” blink, etc. What he cannot do yet is walk. He also cannot eat and has to be fed through a gastric tube.

During his four months’ stay in Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Institute, the family members were so amazed by his progress and determination that they deemed Soren their hero. He is our super hero, hence the nickname Super Soren.

The Super Soren Fund was started to ensure that there would be money to pay for anything that is needed for Soren’s rehabilitation, whether it be additional therapies and equipment above and beyond what the insurance pays for or massages to help with his muscle spasticity, which is a problem resulting from brain injury. Since there is no way to tell how much therapy he will need and how long these needs will continue, we are going to continually fund raise so that we never have to do without something that may help him to get better.

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Parents are Paige Nussbaum and Mike Flook, both of Beaver County.

Facebook page: Super Soren Is Our Hero

Donations can be made to: Super Soren Fund, P.O. Box 135, Ellwood City, PA 16117, or online at

Previous articles on Soren Flook can be found here:
Super Soren’s 5K
Soren is Our Super Hero, Pt 1
Soren is Our Super Hero, Pt 2

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