AREA DIAMONDS Youth baseball &amp; amp; softball
Babe Ruth (age 13)
Rondinelli 7-13, Line Drive 2-8 -- Rondinelli advanced to the championship round of the playoffs by winning the first two games of the best-of-three series. In the first game, Anthony Zorella singled and doubled while Mark Pelini and Jeffrey Chahine each had two hits, Bo Slemons doubled and Nicola Accordino singled. Tommy Jackson and John Pecchia led Line Drive with two hits each. In the second game, Kyle Vaclav had two doubles and a single while A.J. Zorella doubled. Danny Costello pitched six strong innings for Rondinelli, giving up three runs.
Sluggers 12-7, Astro Falcons 3-0
Babe Ruth (ages 14-15)
Line Drive 8, Sluggers 5
Astro Falcons 13, Rizer Insurance 1
Joe Koch Realty 6-2 Line Drive 3-13 -- Nick Crum pitched six strong innings and added a single and an RBI to lead Joe Koch Realty in the opener of the best-of-three semifinal series. Kevin McCulloh pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save after Koch Realty scored three in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the lead. A balanced hitting attack paced Koch Realty with Jason Bagoly and Ryan Pesta each posting two hits and Matt Pitzulo stroking a key pinch-hit double in the sixth. Dan Kubala and Dean Porter each had a hit and an RBI to lead Line Drive. In the second game, Eric Polen pitched five strong innings for Line Drive. Jon Tatarka had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs for Line Drive. Matt Pitzulo and Mark Olbrych had two hits each for Koch Realty.
Rondinelli 9-11 Astro Falcons 2-12 -- Cory Nesbitt pitched a four hitter to lead Rondinelli Tuxedo in the first game. Jaymee Shephard had four hits, Drew Fitzpatrick had two hits and John Simon drove in three runs for Rondinelli. Shane Wagner had two hits for Astro.
Tri-T Colt (ages 15-17)
Columbiana DeChellis Dental 8, Canfield Mill Creek Homes 3 -- Steve Bensinger tossed a three-hitter while Pat Spesato, Vince Penza and Ty Sander had two hits apiece. For Canfield, David Brown tripled and scored.
Austintown Greenwood Chevrolet 11, East Liverpool Red Sox 3 -- Todd Mounce's four hits included a triple. Eric Sofranko's two hits included a triple and drove in a run. Mike Prachick pitched three scoreless innings to record a save. For East Liverpool, Kris Carr had three hits including a double while Kelly Emmerling had two hits including a triple.
Columbiana DeChellis Dental 10, Austintown Denny's 3 -- Vince Penza had two hits. Tom DeChellis and Steve Bensinger each tripled and DeChellis scored three runs. For Austintown, Josh Felvein doubled home two runs.
Canfield Mill Creek Homes 9, Austintown Greenwood Chevrolet 8 -- Josh Summer doubled home the winning run. Duane Mancini had four hits while Marcus Suffolk had two. Summer, David Brown and Alan Podolsky combined for the pitching win. For Austintown, Josh Pontius had three hits.
Valley Sting (18-under) -- went 6-0 and won the Independence Day Blowout Tournament. In Sting's opening 8-0 win over Buckeye Trail, Kasey Karr (Champion) and Allie Patton (Poland) combined to pitch a no-hitter. Kari Thompson's (Poland) single and two-run triple also led the way. Markie Pozzuto (Mecca) pitched a two-hitter with nine strikeouts in the second game as Sting shut out the Road Runners-White team 3-0. Pam Dreslinski (Kingsville) and Patton each had two hits and Karr added an RBI double. Saturday's final game was a 5-0 Sting victory over the Ohio Classics behind the two-hit pitching of Karr. Dreslinski's triple, two singles and two RBIs and Trisha Dreslinski's (Kingsville) three runs scored were the offensive highlights for Sting. Sunday's elimination games began with Pozzuto firing a no-hitter with nine strikeouts against the Ohio Sharks. The 4-0 effort was supported by Patton's single and double, Pozzuto's two singles and Thompson's RBI triple. The semifinal game featured another combined no-hitter by Karr and Patton as Sting earned a 6-0 win over the Road Runners-White. Pam Dreslinski's two triples, a double and two RBIs plus Patton's two hits, two runs scored and an RBI led Sting's attack. The championship game featured a tight rematch with the Ohio Sharks. Karr pitched a two-hitter with the only run allowed being unearned. Thompson's two hits and Karr's two-run double led the offense.