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Scrappers edge Bears after wild pitch in 5th


Jonathan Laureano scored the decisive run on a wild pitch in the fifth inning, as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers beat the West Virginia Black Bears 6-5 on Friday night.

Laureano scored after he reached base on an error, advanced to second on a walk by Will Benson and then went to third on a groundout.

Gian Paul Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Benson in the second inning to give the Scrappers (25-26) a 1-0 lead. The Black Bears came back to take the lead in the fourth inning when they scored five runs, including a two-run home run by Sandy Santos.

Mahoning Valley tied it at 5 in the fourth when Gonzalez hit a two-run single.

Jesse Berardi singled three times, driving home two runs in the win.

Elijah Morgan (3-1) got the win with four innings of scoreless, one-hit relief while Nicholas Economos (2-2) took the loss in the New York-Penn League game. Jonathan Teaney struck out the side for his fourth save of the season.

Mahoning Valley took advantage of some erratic West Virginia pitching, drawing a season-high 10 walks in its victory.

Santos homered and doubled, driving home two runs for the Black Bears (35-28).

Canfield’s Esarco in first televised game

Canfield High School graduate Jacob Esarco will be the first Mahoning Valley product to play in a college football game on national television this season.

Esarco, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound sophomore, will start at defensive tackle at 7 p.m. today when Colgate visits Cal Poly. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Esarco graduated from Canfield in 2016.

YSU bowling team to hold walk-on tryouts


Youngstown State head bowling coach Chelsea Gilliam will host a walk-on tryout on Thursday for female YSU students interested in joining the program for the 2017-18 season.

The tryout will be held at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, the Penguins’ home center, at 3 p.m. Competitors will bowl five games on a sport shot as part of the tryout.

Those interested in attending the tryout should complete the form on by 5 p.m. on Wednesday. For more information, email Gilliam at

YSU volleyball sweeps Winthrop, Morehead

Morehead, Ky.

The Youngstown State volleyball team began its 2017 season with a pair of sweeps, earning three-set wins over Winthrop and Morehead State on Friday at the Eagle Challenge.

While the Penguins did not drop a set in the first day of the season, they won four of the six sets by two points, and one set against each opponent went beyond 25 points. Youngstown State beat Winthrop 28-26, 25-23, 25-16, and the win over Morehead State came with set scores of 25-23, 30-28 and 25-20.

Sarah Varcolla was YSU’s top attacker in both matches, finishing with nine kills in 19 attempts against Winthrop and 10 kills in 26 swings versus Morehead State. She added five aces, and the Penguins were solid as a group from the service line throughout the day with 10 aces in the win over Winthrop and nine more against Morehead State.

Freshman Marketa Plesingrova matched Varcolla with 10 kills against the Eagles, and she had seven kills with three aces in the opener. Sophomore Erin Kalahar had five blocks in both matches in her first career starts in the middle, and Lauren Blanco posted 24 digs on the day from the libero position.

YSU’s Heather Splinter and Libbie Darling combined for 78 assists. Darling was credited with 39 of those assists, and Splinter contributed 32.

The Penguins will try to go undefeated on the weekend when they take on Delaware State at 11:30 a.m. today.

Staff and wire reports

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