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BASEBALL



Published: Tue, July 12, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



BASEBALL

Youngstown Babe Ruth (ages 14-15)

Line Drive 6, Astro Falcons 2 -- Jon Tatarka pitched a complete game as Line Drive won the Youngstown Babe Ruth Championship series, two games to one. Dan Kubala had the big hit for Line Drive with a two-run single in the five-run fifth inning.

Tri-T Pony (age 13)

Austintown Paper Center/Squeeky Kleen All-Stars 15, Lakeview All-Stars 6 -- Anthony Savko, Jon Deamicis and Chris Miller combined to pitch a six-hitter in the Struthers Tournament. Keynen Jones ahd three hits while Eddie Kubic added two doubles. For Anthony Elias tripled and Nick Szwedko's two hits included a double.

Austintown Paper Center/Squeeky Kleen All-Stars 7, West Branch Terry's Tire Town/Mack Trailer 3 -- Austintown advanced to the tournament semifinals as Ryan Nicholson tossed a complete-game five-hitter. Jacob Barker homered and doubled while Chris Miller's three hits included a double. For West Branch, Jacob Mellinger and Mekey Monser each had two hits.

SOFTBALL

Traveling

Valley Sting 18-younger team -- finished second in last weekend's ASA State Tournament at Ashland to earn a berth to the Nationals in Columbus, Ga., the site of the 1996 Olympic softball games. After a first game defeat, Sting rebounded with four straight wins. Sting (26-7) opened up with a weak effort in a 7-1 loss to Ohio Ice-Philen. Kasey Karr's (Champion) two hits and Kari Thompson's (Poland) RBI double were the only highlights for Sting. Game two saw Sting fall behind 5-0 after three innings and then rally for a 9-5 victory over the Saints. Karr earned the win in relief by allowing only two hits over the final four innings. Karr's bat also led Sting as she had a three-run homer and a single. Other offensive leaders were Pam Dreslinski (Kingsville) with a triple and two singles, Thompson with a triple and a double, Jess Rabel (Albion, Pa.) with a triple and a single, and Chelsea Butler (Cortland), Markie Pozzuto (Mecca) and Trisha Dreslinski (Kingsville) with two hits each. After posting a 7-0 forfeit victory over the Scorchers, Sting avenged their loss with a 10-victory over Ice. Pozzuto's four-hitter led the way. Karr tripled and singled while Pam Dreslinski and Trisha Dreslinski each added two hits to put Sting into the loser's bracket final against the Tiger Lillies. Karr fired a three-hitter to hold the Tiger Lillies in check and Pam Dreslinski blasted two two-run homers. Allie Patton (Poland) and Trisha Dreslinski each added two hits. In the championship game, lost 2-0 to C2 Œn Ice, a team with three different state championships. Pozzuto pitched a three-hitter but a disputed call led to the game's only runs. Butler's triple and single and Patton's two singles led the offense. Sting travels this weekend to the 24-team tournament in Loudonville.




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