Category Archives: Local Sports

Photos: The Pie Festival

The Lincoln High School Marching Blue Band kicked off the fall sports season with the annual Pie Festival yesterday at Helling Stadium.

Due to a cold week, the pie festival had premature fall temperatures. The band, under the direction of Mr. Lee Caldwell, showed off a summer of practice while the fall sports were introduced. This season, Lincoln fields the following teams: football, girls and boys golf, girls volleyball, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country, and cheerleading.

Spectators of course got to enjoy a slice of pie in addition to the performance.

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Mayor Awards Commendation to Lincoln Athlete

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Patti Petrak (mother of Taylor), Taylor Petrak, Mayor Anthony J. Court and Judy Dici (teacher who recommended Taylor for this Commendation)

Mayor Court was honored to present to Taylor Petrak, a junior at Lincoln High School, a commendation, along with his congratulations, for her achievement as the recipient of the “Beaver County Girl’s Athlete of the Year” award for Swimming and Diving.

Petrak has been accepted as a 2014-2015 USA Scholastic All-American through her achievements scholastically as well as athletically. At the USA Speed Sectionals In Virginia in April 2015, Petrak finished 3rd in the 100 freestyle.

These achievement are the result of discipline, dedication and constant hard work, all of which she should be proud.

In addition to the US Speed Sectionals, Petrak won the PIAA state championship in the 50 yard freestyle and expanded her victories into running as a member of a school-record setting 4×100 meter relay team.

Previous articles on Petrak can be viewed here and here.

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Lincoln High School Football Season Ticket Info

Adult Season Tickets for the 2015 Ellwood City Football season will go on sale at the High School office Wed, August 26 during school hours. There are four home games and prices are as follows:

Adult General Admission: $20.00
Student: $5.00
Senior Citizen: Free (Senior Citizen Pass required)

  • All Adult and Student tickets will be $5.00 at the gate this year
  • The pre-sale prices will remain $4 adult and $2 student. These tickets can be purchased in the Lincoln High School office during school hours on Friday.
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Fall Sports: Senior Athlete Spotlight, Pt 2

Part 2 of the Senior Athlete Spotlight continues with tennis and cheerleading. Part 1, cross country and volleyball, can be found here. Be sure to check Ellwoodcity.org for sports coverage through the season.

Name: Abby HigbyAbby Higby- 12th
Parents’ Names: Scott and Mary Higby
Sport: Tennis
Years Played: Three.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? Team huddles.
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? I’m hoping to make it to playoffs in doubles.
What have you and the team been doing to prepare for your first match? We’ve been building team work skills and making the match a group effort.
How do you hope you will improve this year? I hope we’ll improve our record.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through this sport? Shuffle your feet.
What will you miss about it after graduation? My teammates.
Future plans: Attend a four year college/university.

CheerNames: Hannah Kauffman, Sophia Gagliano, Danielle Bodbnschatz
Parents’ Names:
Mary and Tim Kauffman, Stephanie and Joseph Gagliano, Missy and Mark Bodbnschatz
Sport: Cheerleading
Years Played: All our lives. Since early childhood.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? Cheering with everybody and gaining self-confidence.
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? Everyone is friends this year.
What have you and the team been doing to prepare for the first game? Early morning practices in the summer.
How do you hope you will improve this year? Everybody hitting what they need to hit and looking good.
Are there any tough stunts this season? A move where one person is thrown in the air and performs a 360 spin.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through this sport? Teamwork and listening skills and that bickering gets you no where.
What will you about it after graduation? All our friends and cheering at the football and basketball games. We won’t miss the itchy sweaters.
Future plans: 4 year college/university.

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Fall Sports: Senior Athlete Spotlight, Pt 1

This week marks the end of summer vacation and the start of another year of school. With Lincoln High School starting on Wednesday, that means fall sports season is here. Ellwoodcity.org has pieced together a series spotlighting senior athletes from several sports. This is Part 1 of 2.

Name: Goldie BookamerGXC
Parents’ Names:
Gary and Vicky Bookamer
Sport: Cross Country
Years Played: Six years for Lincoln but I started in 3rd Grade for Holy Redeemer, so ten years total.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? Going to Browns Country Kitchen before WPIAL.
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? Finishing my last year with a fantastic team. I hope to qualify for the PIAA.
What will you miss about it after graduation? I’ll miss how close our team is.
Future plans: Duncan University for forensic science. I would also love to run in college.

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Name: Carter MacMurdoBXC
Parents’ Names:
Pam and Duke MacMurdo
Sport: Cross Country
Years Played: Two.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? Saturday morning invitationals, which are all at different schools.
What have you and the team been doing to prepare for your first meet? We’ve been running all summer. I typically run five or six days a week. We’ve been running hills around town.
How do you hope you will improve this year? I’m hoping to improve my time.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through this sport? Don’t go out too fast.
What will you miss about it after graduation? It keeps me in good shape.
Future plans: I plan to study mechanical engineering at a four year college.

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Name: Geena DeCariaVB
Parents’ Names:
Mary and Anthony DeCaria
Sport: Volleyball
Years Played: Five, all years except my junior.
What has your favorite memory been over the years? We have a really close team, like family.
What are you most looking forward to about the upcoming season? Winning and advancing to playoffs.
What have you and the team been doing to prepare for your first game? We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning, running, and circuit training.
How do you hope you will improve this year? We want to make it to playoffs.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned through this sport? Respect your teammates and be drama free.
What will you miss about it after graduation? Everything really. My teammates. Playing.
Future plans: Community College of Beaver County for nursing.

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Riverside Fall Sports Schedule

Summer for students is almost over, and school is around the bend. With it, comes the Friday night lights. Riverside High School will be fielding a football team, boys and girls soccer, coed cross country, boys golf, and girls tennis.

Important dates to remember: October 9 is Homecoming and October 16 is Senior Night.

Football, Boys Varsity
Place Dismiss Depart Time
S Saturday 08/22/15 Avonworth Senior High School Home 10:00AM
S Friday 08/28/15 Quaker Valley High School Home 6:00PM
Friday 09/04/15 Bishop Canevin High School Home 7:00PM
Saturday 09/12/15 *Western Beaver High School Away 10:00AM12:30PM
Friday 09/18/15 *Neshannock High School Away 4:30PM 7:00PM
Friday 09/25/15 *Rochester Area High School Home 7:00PM
Friday 10/02/15 North Catholic High School Away 4:30PM 7:00PM
Friday 10/09/15 *Union Area MS/HS (HOMECOMING GAME) Home 7:00PM
Friday 10/16/15 *South Side Area School District ( SENIOR NIGHT)
Home 7:00PM
Friday 10/23/15 *Shenango High School Away 4:30PM 7:00PM
Friday 10/30/15 *Vincentian Academy Away 4:30PM 7:00PM

Football, Boys Junior Varsity
Place Dismiss Depart Time
Saturday 09/05/15 Bishop Canevin High School Away 10:00AM
Monday 09/14/15 Western Beaver High School Home 4:00PM
Saturday 09/19/15 Neshannock High School Home 10:00AM
Saturday 09/26/15 *Rochester Area High School Away 10:00AM
Saturday 10/03/15 North Catholic High School Home 10:00AM
Saturday 10/10/15 Union Area MS/HS Away 8:30AM 10:00AM
Saturday 10/17/15 *South Side Area School District Away 10:00AM
Saturday 10/24/15 *Shenango High School Home 10:00AM

Soccer, Boys Varsity
Place Dismiss Depart Time
S Thursday 08/27/15 Knoch High School Home 4:00PM
S Monday 08/31/15 Mohawk Senior High School Home 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/08/15 Obama H.S. Away 1:15PM 1:30PM 5:15PM
Thursday 09/10/15 *O.L.S.H. Away TBA TBA TBA
Saturday 09/12/15 Mohawk Senior High School Away 8:30AM 10:00AM
Tuesday 09/15/15 *Quigley Catholic High School Home 3:30PM
Thursday 09/17/15 *Freedom Area Jr/Sr High School Away TBA 4:30PM 7:30PM
Saturday 09/19/15 *Beaver County Christian High Home 10:00AM
Tuesday 09/22/15 *Sewickley Academy Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 4:15PM
Thursday 09/24/15 *Neshannock High School Home 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/29/15 *O.L.S.H. Home 3:30PM
Thursday 10/01/15 *Quigley Catholic High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 4:00PM
Saturday 10/03/15 South Side Area School District (Senior Day ) Home 12:00PM
Tuesday 10/06/15 *Freedom Area Jr/Sr High School Home 3:30PM
Thursday 10/08/15 *Beaver County Christian High Away TBA TBA TBA
Tuesday 10/13/15 *Sewickley Academy Home 3:30PM
Thursday 10/15/15 *Neshannock High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 4:00PM

Soccer, Girls Varsity
Place Dismiss Depart Time
S Wednesday08/26/15 Avonworth Senior High School Home 4:00PM
S Tuesday 09/01/15 Vincentian Academy Home 4:00PM
Saturday 09/05/15 Blackhawk High School Away 8:30AM 10:00AM
Wednesday 09/09/15 *Freedom Area Jr/Sr High School Home 4:00PM
Saturday 09/12/15 *Neshannock High School Away 11:15PM1:00PM
Monday 09/14/15 *South Side Area Junior High Away 5:00PM 7:00PM
Wednesday 09/16/15 *Quigley Catholic High School Home 4:00PM
Saturday 09/19/15 *New Brighton High School Away 9:30AM 11:00AM
Monday 09/21/15 *Mohawk Senior High School Home 4:00PM
Wednesday 09/23/15 *O.L.S.H. Away TBA TBA TBA
Monday 09/28/15 *Freedom Area Jr/Sr High School Away 5:30PM 7:00PM
Wednesday 09/30/15 *Neshannock High School Home 4:00PM
Saturday 10/03/15 *South Side Area Junior High (Senior Day) Home 10:00AM
Monday 10/05/15 *Quigley Catholic High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 4:00PM
Wednesday 10/07/15 *New Brighton High School Home 4:00PM
Thursday 10/08/15 Beaver Area High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 4:00PM
Monday 10/12/15 *Mohawk Senior High School Away TBA 5:15PM 7:00PM
Wednesday 10/14/15 *O.L.S.H. Home 4:00PM

Cross Country, Coed Varsity
Place Dismiss Depart Time
Monday 08/24/15 Beaver County Scrimmage at Brush Creek
Freedom Area Jr/Sr High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away 3:00PM
S Tuesday 09/01/15 Hopewell High School Home 3:30PM
Wednesday 09/10/15 Armstrong School District Home 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/15/15 *Shenango High School (with Ellwood City) Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/22/15 *Neshannock High School (with Beaver ) Home 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/29/15 *South Side Area Junior High (with Laurel) Away 1:30PM 1:45PM 3:30PM
Tuesday 10/06/15 *Mohawk Senior High School (with Beaver Falls) Away 1:45PM 2:00PM 3:30PM
Thursday 10/15/15 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BrushCreek
Freeport Area High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away TBA TBA TBA
Wednesday 10/21/15 Freedom Invitational at Brushcreek
Freedom Area Jr/Sr High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 10/29/15 WPIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS @ COOPERS LAKE
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School
Slippery Rock Area High School Away TBA TBA TBA

Tennis, Girls Varsity
Place Dismiss Depart Time
Wednesday 08/26/15 *Neshannock High School Home 3:30PM
Friday 08/28/15 *Hopewell High School Away 1:30PM 1:45PM 3:30PM
Monday 08/31/15 *Rochester Area High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 3:30PM
Wednesday 09/02/15 *Ambridge Area High School Away 1:45PM 2:00PM 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/08/15 *Quaker Valley High School Away 1:45PM 2:00PM 3:30PM
Thursday 09/10/15 *Beaver Area High School Home 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/15/15 Section Singles
Neshannock High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 09/17/15 *New Brighton High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 3:30PM
Wednesday 09/23/15 *Blackhawk High School Home 3:30PM
Thursday 09/24/15 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Beaver Area High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away 7:30AM 8:00AM
Thursday 09/24/15 *Beaver Falls High School Home 3:30PM
Monday 09/28/15 *Central Valley Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/29/15 Section Doubles
Neshannock High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 10/01/15 *Ellwood City HS (Senior Night) Home 3:30PM

Golf, Boys Varsity
Place Dismiss Depart Time
S Friday 08/21/15 Cornell High School (At Moon Golf Club) Away 8:00AM 10:00AM
Monday 08/24/15 *Mohawk Senior High School Home 3:00PM
Wednesday 08/26/15 *Laurel High School Away 1:40PM 1:50PM 3:00PM
Friday 08/28/15 *Ellwood City HS Home 3:00PM
Monday 08/31/15 *Union Area MS/HS Away 1:40PM 1:50PM 3:00PM
Wednesday 09/02/15 *Shenango High School Home 3:00PM
Wednesday 09/09/15 *Neshannock High School Away 1:40PM 1:50PM 3:00PM
Friday 09/11/15 *Mohawk Senior High School Away 1:40PM 1:50PM 3:00PM
Monday 09/14/15 *Laurel High School Home 3:00PM
Wednesday 09/16/15 *Ellwood City HS Away 3:00PM
Friday 09/18/15 *Union Area MS/HS Home 3:00PM
Monday 09/21/15 Section Qualifier
Neshannock High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away 9:00AM
Tuesday 09/22/15 *Shenango High School Away 2:05PM 2:15PM 3:00PM
Wednesday 09/23/15 MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Beaver Falls High School
OPEN DATE
Riverside High School Away 7:30AM 9:00AM
Thursday 09/24/15 New Brighton High School Home 3:00PM
Wednesday 09/30/15 *Neshannock High School Home 3:00PM

Basketball, Girls Middle School
Place Dismiss Depart Time
Tuesday 09/01/15 Midland El/Middle School Home 3:30PM
Thursday 09/03/15 Rochester Area High School Away 2:45PM 4:00PM
Tuesday 09/08/15 Blackhawk High School Home 3:30PM
Thursday 09/10/15 Beaver Falls High School Away 2:45PM 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/15/15 New Castle High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 3:30PM
Thursday 09/17/15 Aliquippa High School Home 3:30PM
Monday 09/21/15 Western Beaver High School Home 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/22/15 New Brighton High School Away 2:00PM 2:15PM 3:30PM
Thursday 09/24/15 Midland El/Middle School Away 1:45PM 2:00PM 3:30PM
Tuesday 09/29/15 Rochester Area High School Home 3:30PM
Thursday 10/01/15 Blackhawk High School Away 2:45PM 4:00PM
Tuesday 10/06/15 Beaver Falls High School Home 3:30PM
Thursday 10/08/15 New Castle High School Home 3:30PM
Tuesday 10/13/15 Aliquippa High School Away 1:45PM 2:00PM 3:30PM
Thursday 10/15/15 New Brighton High School Home 3:30PM

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Ellwood City Fall Sports Schedule

It’s that time of year again! School is starting and soon Helling Stadium will be packed Friday nights. This fall, Lincoln High School will have the following varsity sports: football, coed cross country, boys golf, girls golf, girls tennis, and girls volleyball.

Important dates to remember: Homecoming is October 16 against Mohawk and Senior Night is October 23 against Laurel.

Football, Varsity

S Sat, 8/22- Allderice  Home
S Fri, 8/28- Rochester  Away
Friday, 9/04- Quaker Valley  Home
9/11- New Brighton  Away
9/18- Aliquippa  Away
9/25- Freedom  Home
10/02- Burgettstown Away
10/09- Beaver Falls  Away
10/16- Mohawk  (Homecoming) Home
10/23- Laurel (Senior Night) Home
10/30- Beaver Area  Away

Junior Varsity Football

Sat, 9/05- Quaker Valley (Cornell High School)  Away
9/12- New Brighton  Home
9/19- Aliquippa  Home
9/26- Freedom  Away
10/03- Burgettstown Home
10/10- Beaver Falls  Home
10/17- Mohawk  Away
10/24- Laurel Away

Middle School Football

S Thurs, 9/03- Central Valley at Monaca  Away
Wed, 9/09- Mohawk  Home
9/16- Neshannock  Home
9/23- Western Beaver  Away
9/30- Riverside  Away
10/07- Laurel  Home
10/14- Shenango  Home
10/21- Union  Away

Cross Country, Coed

S Mon, 8/24- Freedom Away
Wed, 9/09- Avonworth, Seton LaSalle  at Avonworth
Sat, 9/12- Big Red Invitational at West Middlesex
Tues, 9/15- Shenango, Riverside at Shenango
Sat, 9/19- Slippery Rock Invitational at Slippery Rock
Tues, 9/22- Mohawk, Laurel  Away
Sat, 9/26- Sharpsville Invitational at Sharpsville
Tues, 9/29- Beaver Falls, Union, Beaver Home
Sat, 10/03- Tri County Invitational
Wed, 10/07- Neshannock at South Side High School
Thurs, 10/15- MAC
Thurs, 10/29- WPIAL Championship

Boys Varsity Golf

Thurs, 8/20- Beaver Falls  Home
Fri, 8/21- New Castle  Home
Mon, 8/24- Union  Away
Wed, 8/26- Shenango  Home
Fri, 8/28- Riverside  Away
Mon, 8/31- Neshannock  Home
Wed, 9/02-  Mohawk  AwayTues, 9/08- Laurel  Home
Mon, 9/14- Shenango  Away
Wed, 9/16- Riverside  Home
Mon, 9/21 Boys Ind. Sec. Qualifier  Home
Tues, 9/22- Mohawk  Home
Wed, 9/23- MAC  Away
Thurs, 9/24- Laurel  Away
Mon, 9/28- Neshannock  Away
Tues, 9/29- Union  Home
Thurs, 10/01- Tom O’ Shanter Invitational  Away

Golf, Girls Varsity

Thurs, 8/20- Blackhawk  Home
Tues, 8/25- Lowellville  AwayTues, 9/01- Seton-La Salle  Away
Thurs, 9/03- Ambridge  Home
Tues, 9/08- Hopewell  Away
Thurs, 9/10- Sewickley Academy  Home
Mon, 9/14- Seton-La Salle  Home
Wed, 9/16- Sewickley Academy  Away
Thurs, 9/17- MAC  Away
Mon, 9/21- Ambridge  Away
Wed, 9/23- Hopewell  Home
Thur, 9/24- Girls Ind. Sec. Qualifier  Away

Tennis, Girls Varsity

Tues, 8/25- Ambridge  Home
Wed, 8/26- Blackhawk  Home
Fri, 8/28- Central Valley  Away
Mon, 8/31- New Brighton  Home
Wed, 8/31- New Brighton  Home
Wed, 9/02- Beaver Falls  Away
Tues, 9/08- Beaver  Home
Thurs, 9/10- Quaker Valley  Home
Mon, 9/14- Neshannock  Away
Tues, 9/15- Tennis Section Singles
Thurs, 9/17- Hopewell  Away
Mon, 9/21- WPIAL Tennis SinglesThurs, 9/24- MAC
Mon, 9/28- Rochester  Home
Tues, 9/29- Section Doubles
Thurs, 10/01- Riverside  Away
Tues, 10/06- WPIAL Tennis Doubles

Volleyball, Girls Varsity

Wed, 8/26- Freedom  Away
Mon, 8/31- Center  Away
Tues, 9/08- Mohawk Home
Thurs, 9/10- Beaver  Away
Tues, 9/15- Hopewell  Home
Thurs, 9/17- Beaver  Away
Sat, 9/19- MAC
Tues, 9/22- Blackhawk  Away
Thurs, 9/24- Laurel  HomeSat, 9/26- Blackhawk Invitational
Tues, 9/29- New Castle  Away
Thurs, 10/01- Mohawk Away
Tues, 10/06- Beaver  Home
Thurs, 10/08- Hopewell  Away
Tues, 10/13- Beaver Falls  Home
Thurs, 10/15- Blackhawk  Home
Tues, 10/20- Laurel  Away
Thurs, 10/22- New Castle Home

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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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