Boardman’s Mancini makes NCAA semis
Boardman’s Mancini makes NCAA semis
Boardman graduate Nick Mancini will wrestle in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III wrestling championships today after picking up two wins on Friday.
The Mount Union 125-pounder bested Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Mike Tortorice, 6-0, before beating Ithaca’s Ferdinand Mase, 2-0. Mancini is the son of Boardman wrestling coach Dom Mancini.
Mancini faces Wheaton’s Carlos Fuentez today.
Baldwin-Wallace sophmore and Poland graduate Dante Ginnetti lost by technical fall in his first round match against Wartburg’s Brock Rathbun in the 133-pound bracket. Ginnetti won by a 11-7 decision over Johns Hopkins’ Ricky Cavallo in the consolation round before Elmhurst’s Anthony Munoz beat him by 15-7 in the second round.
YMUA to hold local meeting on Sunday
The YMUA will host a mandatory OHSAA Baseball 1 p.m. and Softball 2:15 p.m. local meeting for high school umpires on Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church.
All umpires must attend four local meetings to maintain their OHSAA Umpiring status.
Contact John Mang at 330-502-6665 for more details.
YSU baseball falls short in extra innings
The Youngstown State baseball team scored twice in the top of the ninth to force extra innings and took the lead in the 10th before falling 4-3 at Radford on Friday afternoon.
Andrew Kendrick hit a two-out homer to right to tie the game with two outs in the ninth.
Blaze Glenn hit a solo homer to right in the top of the 10th to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead, but Radford scored twice with the help of three errors in the bottom of the inning to come away with the one-run victory.
YSU starting pitcher Greg Dunham went the first nine innings. He worked around a leadoff double by Andrew Szamski to force extra innings. Dunham struck out the final two batters after loading the bases.
In the bottom of the 10th, Colby Higgerson walked on a full count, and Spencer Horwitz singled to put the winning run on base.
Horwitz later scored the game-winner on another infield error.
The Penguins and Highlanders will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon.
YSU softball snaps 8-game losing streak
Senior Kelly Thompson-Cappadocio drove in a career-high five runs and led the Youngstown State softball team to a 10-2 five inning win over North Carolina A&T on Friday. The Penguins also lost to Sacred Heart, 2-1.
The Penguins (5-12) snapped an eight-game losing streak.
Thompson-Cappadocio went 2-for-2 and had a two-run single in the bottom of the second and a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third in lead the Penguins.
Senior Alexis Roach went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and sophomore Tatum Christy also drove in two runs.
Junior Paige Geanangel picked up her third win of the year, tossing four innings and striking out two.
Against Sacred Heart, Geanangel struck out five and scattered eight hits in complete-game loss.
Needham’s first goal leads to Phantoms win
The first USHL goal for Craig Needham proved to be the game winner as the Youngstown Phantoms downed the Des Moines Buccaneers 4-1 Friday night at the Covelli Centre.
Less than two minutes into the game, Tommy Parrottino scored his 13th goal of the season to give Youngstown an early 1-0 lead.
After ending the first period in a 1-1 tie, Needham put the Phantoms in front. Max Ellis scored his 13th goal of the year on a backhander in the second, putting Youngstown ahead 3-1 at 10:57.
Wouter Peeters had 22 saves for the Phantoms.
The Phantoms and Bucs return to the Covelli Centre on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.