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Youth Baseball Round-Up 1

Little League:

Wolves 11 Johnny’s Pizza 2

Wolves Pitcher:

  • Rody Polojac pitched 5 innings for a total of 7 strikeouts and 1 walk.

Johnny’s Pitchers:

  • Joey Rush pitched 2 innings for a total of 1 strikeout and 1 walk.
  • Andy Vrabel pitched 2 innings for a total of 1 strikeout and 2 walks.
  • Joey Hudson pitched 1 inning for a total of 1 strikeout 1 walk.

Wolves Leading Batters:

  • Nick Neupauer batted 3 times for a total of 3 hits and 3 RBIs.
  • Brayden Strohecker batted 2 times for a total of 2 hits.
  • Trent Smith batted 2 times for a total of 2 hits.

Johnny’s Leading Batters:

  • Storm Chambers batted 2 times for a total of 1 hit.
  • Doug Balin batted 3 times for a total of 1 hit.

The defending ECABF Little League Champion Wolves Club finally got into the win column with a great all-around effort in a game shortened by nearby lightning strikes. Rody Polojac pitched a spectacular game going the distance for the Wolves, striking out 7 and walking only 1. Polojac was aided by fantastic defense.

The Wolves did not commit a single error in the field. The Wolves also had a tremendous night at the plate logging 11 hits including 4 extra base hits. 

Moose 11 – Wolves 1

Moose Pitcher:

  • Nathan Scott pitched 6 innings for a total of 8 strikeouts and 0 walks.

Wolves Pitchers:

  • Ryan Gibbons pitched 5.2 innings for a total of 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.
  • Tyler Richards pitched .1 innings for a total of 0 strikeouts and 0 walks.

Moose Leading Batters:

  • Danny D’Itri batted 3 times for a total of 3 hits and 2 RBIs.
  • Blake Agnew batted 3 times for a total of 2 hits and 2 RBIs.
  • Nathan Scotted batted 3 times for a total of 1 hit and 1 RBI.

Wolves Leading Batter:

  • Ryan Gibbons batted 2 times for a total of 1 hit.

Nathan Scott pitched a complete game shutout for the Moose at the Friday, May 16 game. Two defensive plays stood out for the Moose. The first was when second baseman Ashton Wilson made a diving catch behind first base in the second inning.

With one out and the bases loaded in the fifth inning, the next happened when Scott came off the mound to make a diving catch near the third base line of a short pop up. He then rolled over and threw to third to complete the double play and end the inning.

Danny D’Itri was 3 for 3 for the Moose. Ryan Gibbons came within one out of tossing a complete game for the Wolves.

Beaver County Pony League:

Ellwood City ESB 8 – Western Beaver 0

Ellwood City’s ESB opened it’s Beaver County Pony League action on Tuesday night with an 8 – 0 win on the road at Western Beaver behind a solid pitching performance by Gino Joseph.

Joseph pitched 6 complete innings, only giving up 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10 batters. Ellwood City’s offence was led by Andrew O’Brian with a double and 2 single’s, Rick Pitrelli’s 2 run HR, double 4 RBI.

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Three Locals Selected for 2014 AAMC All-Conference Team

Three local athletes have been selected for the 2014 All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Baseball team. Matt Germanoski, Greg Lynn, and Ryan Finnegan were hand-chosen to fill three of the thirty-three spots on the team.

Germanoski is a 2012 Lincoln High School graduate. He was a member of the 2012 WPIAL AA Champion Baseball team. Germanoski now attends the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg where he plays third base for the Bobcats.

He was named to the AMCC All-Conference team after starting all 42 games of the season. Germanoski ended the year with a total of 42 hits, 11 doubles, 1 triple and two homeruns. He also added 28 scored runs, 29 RBIs, seven stolen bases and .302 batting average to his records.

Lynn is also a 2012 Lincoln High School graduate and was as well a member of the 2012 WPIAL AA Champion Baseball team. He, alongside fellow Ellwoodian, attends the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. The sophomore shortstop was still picked for the team even after missing games due to a mid-season shoulder injury.

He was able to start 33 out of 42 games despite his short medial leave. Lynn concluded the 2014 season with 39 total hits, 6 doubles, 1 triple and 1 homerun. He also added 11 RBIs and 34 runs scored for the Bobcats’ offense. Lynn was the record holder for most stolen bases of the season, 12.

Finnegan is a 2011 Riverside High School graduate. During his senior year, Finnegan became both a 2011 Baseball WPIAL AA Champion and State Champion. Today, he attends Penn State Behrend and is a third basemen for the Lions.

He has tallied up an overall count of 8 doubles and 23 RBIs throughout the season. Finnegan holds a .320 batting average and .417 on-base percentage for the Lions.

The Ellwood and Fombell natives will continue their athletic careers in the 2015 baseball season for their respective schools.

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EC Junior High Softball Season Statistics

The statistics from the undefeated season of the Ellwood City Junior High Softball team are as follows:

Hitting -

  • Runs: 22 – Anna Ferrucci and Ariana Garroway
  • Hits: 19 – Breonna Streit
  • Doubles: 5- Reagan Mittler and Garroway
  • Triples: 4 – Zoe Kalantzis
  • Home Runs: 2 – Natalia Greco
  • RBIs: 18 – Mia Agostinelli
  • Stolen Bases: 11 – Garroway
  • On Base Percentage: .644 – Ferrucci
  • Slugging Percentage: .806 – Garroway
  • Batting Average: .571 – Ferrucci
  • Team Batting Average: .408

Pitching -

Addie Nardone                      Anna Ferrucci

  • Record:         12-0                                        1-0
  • Innings:         64                                           11
  • ERA:               2.25                                        3.64
  • Strikeouts:    57                                           8
  • Walks:            20                                           6
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EC Jr. High Softball Finishes Season Undefeated


The 2014 Ellwood City Junior High Softball team made history as they became the first junior high team to complete a season undefeated. These seventh, eighth, and ninth grade girls have had a tremendous season on both sides of the field.

After defeating North Hills yesterday, the Lady Wolverines finished their season with a final record of 13-0.

The team members are as follows:

  • Row 1: Maura Agostinelli, Grace Blake, Asia Anderson, Ariana Garroway
  • Row 2: Coach Bill Nardone, Addie Nardone, Abby Short, Breonna Streit, QiQi Gatto, Zoe Maine, Anna Ferrucci, Coach Tony Joseph
  • Row 3: Sydni Haswell, Mia Agostinelli, Zoe Kalantzis, Dia Neupauer, Natalia Greco, Brooklyn Magill, Bridget Hudson
  • Row 4: Coach Merel Macdonald, Coach Bill Garroway
  • Missing From Photo: Reagan Mittler
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Lady Wolverines Improve Record to 12-0

Anna Ferrucci went seven innings Thursday evening as the junior high softball team defeated Butler 7-5 at Stiefel Park. The seventh grader struck out five batters and issued just two walks.

Brooklyn Magill and Mia Agostinelli led the offense with two hits a piece. Magill returned from a concussion to clobber two doubles, drive in three runs, and scored twice. She also provided the defensive play of the game as she turned a double play with runners on first and second with one out in the fifth inning.

Agostinelli drove in a pair of runs with a double and single. Ferrucci helped herself with a single, two RBIs, and scored twice. Seventh graders Maura Agostinelli and Sydni Haswell collected their first career hits as they each singled. Haswell, Qui Qui Gatto, and Asia Anderson each scored a run as well.

The team will conclude a busy week as they travel to Shaler this afternoon for a doubleheader. The first pitch is set for 3:30.

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Varsity softball clinches playoffs; Junior High trounces Mohawk

Ellwood City varsity softball squad clinched a WPIAL Class-AAA playoff birth this week despite losing back-to-back games.

The Wolverines, now 5-5 in Section 1-AAA, lost a close contest to Blackhawk (8-3 overall) on Monday afternoon and later fell to New Castle (8-3 overall) on Tuesday.

Junior Lauren Stiles and sophomore Allesandra McKelvey each collected extra base hits in defeat on Monday.  Skyla Greco took the loss in both contests, despite allowing only 5 hits in her complete game effort against Blackhawk.

Greco’s Bat Powers EC Junior High Over Mohawk
The Lady Wolverines improved their record to 11-0 with a 16-4 victory over Mohawk Wednesday night at Stiefel Park. The contest was shortened to 5 innings due to the mercy rule.

Natalia Greco led the 15 hit attack with an inside the park homer and 2 triples. She drove in 4 runs and scored 3 times. Breonna Streit also added 3 hits including 2 doubles and scored 3 times. Mia Agostinelli drove in 4 runs with a single and triple. Adrienne Nardone added 2 hits including a double and also drove in a pair of runs. Zoe Kalantzis singled twice while scoring once and driving in a run. Ariana Garroway added a run scoring double and scored twice. Anna Ferrucci also scored twice and added a run scoring single. Bridget Hudson scored once and drove in a pair of runs with a double. Reagan Mittler also scored a run for the Lady Wolverines.

Nardone picked up the win with 5 innings of 5 hit ball. She struck out 1 and issued 2 walks.

The team will be in action again tonight as they host Butler at Stiefel Park. The first pitch is set for 7:00.

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Ellwood City Junior High Softball Blanks Blackhawk, 15-0

The Lady Wolverines traveled to Blackhawk Tuesday afternoon and defeated Blackhawk while improving their record to 10-0. The game was shortened to 4 innings due to the mercy rule.

Adrienne Nardone and Anna Ferrucci combined to throw a no hitter and allowed just one batter to reach base. Nardone got the win, fanning three and hitting a batter. Ferrucci pitched the final inning and struck out one without issuing a walk.

Breonna Streit led the offense with three hits including a triple. She drove in three and also scored three times. Ferrucci and Nardone each contributed two hits a piece. Ferrucci scored twice and drove in two, while Nardone scored once and drove in three.

Reagan Mittler doubled, drove in three and scored twice. Ariana Garroway and Natalia Greco each added singles. Garroway scored three times and Greco scored once. Zoe Kalantzis and Bridget Hudson each scored once while Mia Agostinelli drove in a run and also scored.

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Junior High Softball Team Dismantles Butler 20-3

The Lady Wolverines traveled to Butler Monday afternoon and came home with a convincing 20-3 victory. The game was halted after four innings due to the mercy rule.

11 different batters banged out 17 hits as the Wolverine bats came alive. The winning pitcher, Adrienne Nardone, led the way with four hits including a double and triple. She notched her ninth victory of the season as she whiffed four batters in just three innings of work. For the second consecutive game, she did not allow a walk.

Natalia Greco launched a grand slam that cleared the right center field wall by 30 feet. Qui Qui Gatto got the first hit of her fast pitch career as she doubled over the head of the right fielder in the third inning. Anna Ferrucci had three singles, scored three times, and drove in three runs. Bridget Hudson had two hits including a triple, drove in a pair, and scored twice.

Ariana Garroway led off the game with a triple and Breonna Streit added a run scoring double. Mia Agostinelli, Zoe Kalantzis, Reagan Mittler, and Abby Short all added singles. The defense was also exceptional as the team did not commit an error.

They will hit the road again this afternoon as they travel to Blackhawk for a 4:00 start.

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Ellwood City Girls Softball to Honor Seniors


Row 1: Summer Maine, Shaelyn Barrett, Cheyenne Annaurumo, Susie Blyth and Lauren Stiles Row 2: Eisabela Miller, Zoe Geminiani, Mallory Swogger, Elise Amonette and Kayla Murin Row 3: Allie McKelvey, Megan Siegfried, Coach Gary Rozanski, Abigail Higby and Camille Maine

The Ellwood City Girls Softball team will honor their three senior teammates tonight prior to their game. A short ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. for the girls and their parents at Stiefel Park. The Lady Wolverines will play New Castle following at 7:00.

annarumoCheyenne Annarumo –
#13 Outfielder

Parents: Vickie Aeschbacher and Tim Annarumo
Future Plans: To attend Gannon University to major in Biology and later, continue on to a Pre-Med program.
Favorite Softball Memory: “Playing my favorite sport with my best friends all these years!”


Shaelyn Barrett –
#23 3rd Base

Parents: Lynda and Damion Barrett
Future Plans: To attend Edinboro University to major in Speech & Hearing Science.
Favorite Softball Memory: “Beating my own personal record in total of homeruns in one season!”


blythSusie Blyth –
#1 Shortstop

Parents: Sue and Gareth Blyth
Future Plans: To attend Carlow University to major in Special Education and to play softball.
Favorite Softball Memory: “Beating New Castle to get into the playoffs!”

Photos provided by Clark’s Studio.

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PHOTOS: Riverside Seals Playoff Spot in Rival Game

Yesterday afternoon marked the second meeting of the 2014 baseball season between local rivals, Riverside and Ellwood City. After a final score of 7-5, the Panthers walked away from Sanders Field with a win and spot in the WPIAL Class AA baseball playoffs.

Riverside held a 3-0 lead until the fourth inning when Ellwood City drove in four runs. In the top of the sixth, the Panthers tied the game up again only to have the Wolverines take the lead again in the bottom of the inning. The score remained tied at 5-5 after the seventh, requiring an extra inning as a tie breaker.

Senior Ross Maietta started Riverside off in the eighth with a double. Maietta was then sent to third after a sacrifice bunt by teammate, Peyton Pacella. Junior Trevor Moser brought Maietta in with a single to take the lead over the Wolverines.

Riverside sophomore Mike Boswell finished the inning by hitting an RBI single to send Moser home and end the game with a 7-5 win over Ellwood.

The Panthers are currently tied for second place in Class AA with Beaver and will host Mohawk today to finish out their regular season. The Wolverines will end their season by hosting Laurel also today.

Despite the Wolverine loss, a ceremony was held in honor of former Ellwood City baseball coach, Erwin “Bud” Campbell. Family and friends joined past and present Lincoln High School baseball players and coaches to dedicate the batting cages in his honor.

Campbell, who passed away in 2009, was acknowledged yesterday for his hard work and dedication after over 60 years of involvement in the baseball program. Larry Honsaker, former baseball booster president, unveiled the “Campbell’s Cages” sign, sponsored by the 2003 State Championship team.

NOTE: Ellwood City Girls Varsity Softball will play at Riverside tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.


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