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BASEBALL LaBrae 6-1 winner; Girard goes to 17-3



Published: Thu, May 9, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



CORTLAND -- R.J. Grimm fired a one-hitter and struck out three to lead the LaBrae High baseball team to a 6-1 victory over Lakeview in a Trumbull Athletic Conference game Wednesday.

Gary Bush, Brandon Hillman and Jeff Basley hit two singles apiece for the Vikings (10-4, 10-4).

Andrew Mascioli, the second batter in the first inning, singled for the Bulldogs' (10-7, 8-4) only hit.

Girard 3, Newton Falls 1: NEWTON FALLS -- The Indians won the game by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning and using defense in the bottom half to secure the victory.

Elliott Steverson's single to center field went under the center-fielder's glove, allowing pinch-runner Tim Breese to score the go-ahead run. Matt Zuppo's sacrifice fly then scored Steverson.

In the bottom half, Girard (17-3, 13-3 TAC) came up with a key defensive play in the rain when pitcher Steverson caught a hard liner between his legs and doubled a runner off of first base.

Liberty 10, Hubbard 0: LIBERTY -- Bill Markowitz pitched a one-hitter for the Leopards (5-8, 4-6 TAC).

Liberty's Tom Blackiston hit two singles and stole a base, his 21st of the season. Rick Lopez collected three singles and Aaron Marando drove in three runs.

Gabe McKee broke up Markowitz's bid for a no-hitter when he hit a single in the sixth inning.

Mooney 5, VA-SJ 1: STRUTHERS -- With Mooney (7-12) leading Villa Angela-St. Joseph 5-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Dan Cashon of the Cardinals got two outs and had thrown 87 pitches. He went on to win the game, giving up only four hits and a run and finished with 104 pitches thrown.

Joe Burke drove in two runs for the Cardinals, while Adam Skovira went 2-for-3.

Poland 4, Niles 3: POLAND -- Poland scored two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth as it turned back Niles in a Metro Athletic Conference game.

Niles (11-8), which outhit the Bulldogs 11-6, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning.

Shane Davis went 3-for-3 for the Bulldogs (13-4) with two RBIs. Winning pitcher Cole Budinsky (3-1) worked six innings and struck out six to pick up the win.

Steve Mientkiewicz hit a double and single to pace the Red Dragons, while Matt Bartell and Jury Ramer each hit two singles.

South Range 11, Lowellville 0: LOWELLVILLE -- Bobby Miller and Tom Kimmel each had three hits, while Brad Johnson, Jeff Johnston and Robert Bates had two hits apiece for South Range (20-4, 12-1), which clinched the Inter-County League title.

Brandon Kappler allowed only three hits in going the distance against Lowellville (2-14) to pick up the win.




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