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Hickory Baseball Walks Off Against Slippery Rock; Meadville Edges McDowell; Franklin Lights Up the Scoreboard

Hickory's Luca Bertolasio. File photo submitted.

HERMITAGE, Pa. – Joe Cidila drew a bases-loaded walk-off walk to lift Hickory to a 6-5 win over Slippery Rock.

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Hickory led 3-1 going into the seventh, only to watch as Slippery Rock scored four runs in the top half of the inning to take a 5-3 lead, capped by a 2-run homer from Brett Galcik.

All of Hickory’s damage came with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, as DJ Donatelli kept the game alive with a solo home run.

Tyson Djakvoich followed with a single and an error allowed Zac Lanshcak to reach, followed by a single from Luke Ference single and a Noah Jordan bases-loaded walk to tie the game.

Luca Bertolasio was 1-for-1 with two runs and two walks for Hickory, while Johnny Leedham triple and drove in a run and Lanshcak finished with two hits.

Dennis Fedele got the win, allowing one run in ⅔ of an inning, relieving Austin McKinney, who went 6 ⅓ innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits, striking out six, and walking two.

Sal Mineo was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs for Slippery Rock.

Ryan Double took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) in 3 ⅔ innings on four hits, striking out four and walking five.


ERIE, Pa. – Gavin Beck’s RBI single in the top of the seventh broke a 6-6 tie and lifted Meadville to a 7-6 win over McDowell.

Brady Walker got the win, going 4 ⅔ innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out seven and walking one while also getting out of a 2-on, 1-out jam in the sixth inning.

Meadville took early control with a 5-run second inning. Beck finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Brighton Anderson was 2-for-4 atop the Bulldog lineup with a double, two RBIs, and a run.

Jake Hower was 2-for-4 with an RBI for McDowell, which tied the game in the sixth inning on Hower’s RBI single. Carson Cross, Nick Hamilton, Brady Kramer, and Spencer Dietz all had one RBI each for McDowell.

Spencer Dietz took the loss, allowing one unearned run in 1 ⅓ innings on two hits while striking out four.

FRANKLIN 24, OIL CITY 12, 6 innings

OIL CITY, Pa. – It was an offensive outburst for Franklin, which scored 24 runs on 19 hits in a 24-12, 6-inning win over Franklin.

Drew Kockler had a monster game for Franklin, going 4-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs as the Knights scored six runs in the first inning, eight in the third and four each in the fifth and sixth.

Zach Boland was 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs for Franklin, while Aidan McCracken was 2-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs, Kadin Karns was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs and Sam Wimer was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs.

Justen Dunkle was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs for Oil City, which scored seven runs in the fourth inning. Charlie Motter was also 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs and Jacob Teeter was 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and two runs.



SUGARCREEK BOROUGH, Pa. – Brett Kania fired six dominant innings and also had a pair of hits as Cambridge Springs beat Rocky Grove, 8-0.

Kania went six innings and struck out 10, allowing six hits and three walks.

Cambridge Springs scored three runs in the third inning and four in the fourth to take control. Six different Blue Devils had one RBI each, with Braydn Field joining Kania with two hits. Cambridge Springs had 11 hits by eight different players.

Aaron Wetjen took the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) in three innings on seven hits, striking out two and walking two. Eli Wilson and Trenton Rice had two hits each for Rocky Grove.


TRANSFER, Pa. – Sharpsville scored five runs in the second inning and built a 13-5 lead on its way to a 13-8 win over Reynolds.

Gabe Titus was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBIs for the Blue Devils, while Josh Divens was 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, Stephen Tarnoci was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, Luke Distler was 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Carter Dejulia scored three runs.

Dejulia got the win, allowing two runs in three innings on one hit, striking out four and walking seven.

Nolan Reichard was 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Reynolds, while Kolton Wilkinson, Cameron Buckley, and Ryan Broadwater had one RBI each.



STONEBORO, Pa. – Cochranton collected 25 hits in a 19-9, 6-inning win over Lakeview.

The top six hitters in Cochranton’s lineup had at least three hits each, led by Brooklyn Needler, who was 5-for-5 with three RBIs.

Chelsea Freyermuth was 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs for Cochranton, which scored five runs in both the second and sixth innings.

In addition for Cochranton, Lili Douglas was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, Dani Hoffman was 3-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs, Katelyn Ewing was 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs and Zoe Hansen was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Cassidy Richards was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead Lakeview, while Hemi Brazel was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Allison Sontheimer was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and Zoe Proper was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI.


OIL CITY, Pa. – Lilyana was 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs and Hickory scored 13 runs in the fourth inning in a 19-1, 4-inning win over Oil City.

Lydia Hallas was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, while Hallie Miller was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs and Jordyn Hanzelka and Brooke Black drove in two runs each.

Loren Myers got the win, allowing one unearned run in four innings on two hits, striking out seven, and walking two.

Sophia Garmong was 1-for-2 with an RBI for Oil City. Shalyn Whitemore took the loss, allowing 13 runs in 3 ⅓ innings.


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