Nogay tosses a 2-hitter

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Weirton Madonna graduate Eddie Nogay threw a two-hitter Saturday in the opener as Washington and Jefferson swept visiting Bethany College, 6-0 and 18-0.

The three-game series to open the season concludes today with a 1 p.m. start.

Nogay struck out six and walked none in the complete-game victory. He allowed singles in the first and fifth innings.

The Presidents took the lead with runs in the third and fourth innings and added three more in the fifth. Bison junior starter Zak Kozlowski was solid until running into trouble in the fifth. He threw 4 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking one.

In the nightcap, W&J jumped in front with a run in the first and three more in the second. The Presidents would strike for four more in the fourth inning and closed the win with 10 runs in the final two innings, which included nine in the sixth frame.

Linder receives award

NIAGARA, N.Y. – Freshman Logan Linder led the way offensively for the Niagara baseball team as the Purple Eagles took two out of three games in their series against Delaware State last weekend to earn student-athlete of the week honors from the school.

The Weirton Madonna graduate went 5-for-9 at the plate with four RBIs, three walks, and a stolen base.

After going 1-for-3 as a starter in Friday’s opener, Linder came off the bench in the third inning of Game 2. He made an impact in his first at-bat. He drew a walk, stole second to get into scoring position, then scored on a single.

In the top of the next inning, Linder brought in a pair of key runs with a two-out single that kept NU in the lead throughout the next two innings. He also finished Saturday 1-for-3 at the plate.

Back in the lineup as a starter on Sunday, the Burgettstown, Pa. native reached base all five times.

He led off the second inning with a double before drawing a walk in the fourth. He was one of two runs that inning that tied the game at 5-5. He drew another walk in the fifth, this time with the bases loaded, to bring in another run and was brought around later in the inning to make him a part of two of NU’s five runs in the frame.

Linder added another RBI in the sixth with a single and finished the game with another single in the eighth.

He finished Sunday going 3-for-3 at the plate with two walks and two RBIs.

On top of the centerfielder’s .556 batting average for the weekend, he turned in a .667 on base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage.

McCune takes 10th

FAYETVILLE, Ark. – Alex McCune, son of 1978 Weirton Madonna graduate Bill McCune, finished 10th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I National Indoor Championships Saturday at Randal Tyson Track at the University of Arkansas with 5,568 points.

He was 14th after the first day of competition and came back with solid performances Saturday in the 60 hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 run.

The University of Akron sophomore won the MAC heptathlon to qualify for the meet.

Big Red boosters to meet

STEUBENVILLE – The Steubenville Big Red Boosters Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the high school conference room. Memberships are available.

Empire Pony seeking players

EMPIRE – Thirteen and 14-year-olds who are interested in playing in the Empire Pony League are to contact Mort Piatt at (740) 317-0899.

Tri-State Softball sets registration

WINTERSVILLE – Registration for the Tri-State Girls Softball League will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Wintersville Elementary School cafeteria.

The cost is $50 for the first child and $45 for the second child. All new players are asked to bring their birth certificate.

The league will include play in three divisions: Ages 5-7, ages 8-12 and ages 13-18.

For information, contact Dave Webb at (740) 264-5659 or Kurt Virtue at (740) 317-5659.