Bruins win on Super Saturday

WELLSBURG – The Brooke baseball team held off Cameron for a 3-2 win Saturday at the Brooke Athletic Complex.

Aaron Walker struck out 14 over seven innings to pick up the victory for the Bruins. Heath Hildreth had an RBI double, Chad Harper had an RBI single, Kelaen Welch had a double, and Ethan Sole drove in a run.

Brooke hosts Weir Monday at 6 p.m.

Brooke 3, Cameron 2

Cameron 000 001 1 – 2 4 4

Brooke 100 200 x – 3 4 1

CAMERON: M. Walker (LP, 4K, 0BB) and Mackey. Hall: C. Clutter S, RBI; M. Walker S; Mackey S, RBI.

BROOKE: A. Walker (W, 14K, 3BB) and Harper. Hildreth D, RBI; Harper S, RBI; Welch D; Sole RBI.

Brooke tops Robert C. Byrd

WELLSBURG – The Brooke softball team swept Robert C. Byrd, 4-3 and 6-5, Saturday at the Brooke Athletic Complex.

The Bruins won Game 1 on a Brette Geary double in the bottom of the seventh that scored Sabrina Duffy for the winning run. Katie Castellucci struck out seven and walked none on her way to the victory. Geary had a triple to go with her game-winning double. Taylor Simala and Marena Cline each had an RBI single.

Brenna Smith’s two-run single in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the game-winning hit in the Bruins’ Game 2 win. Kaylee Kuchinski struck out five in the victory. Michaela Hinerman had a double, two singles, and droe in a run. Kristen Reardon had a two-run double with Simala adding two singles and an RBI and Isabella Preston connecting for a pair of singles.

Game 1

Brooke 4, Robert C. Byrd 3

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Brooke 000 210 1- 4 6 4

ROBERT C. BYRD: Henderson (LP, 5K, 2BB) and Powell. Todd 2S; Powell 2S; Noble 3-run HR.

BROOKE: Castellucci (WP, 7K, 0BB) and Preston. Geary T, D, RBI; Hinerman S; Simala S, RBI; Cline S, RBI; Duffy S.

Game 2

Brooke 6, Robert C. Byrd 5

Robert C. Byrd 202 010 0 – 5 6 2

Brooke 300 120 x – 6 10 2

ROBERT C. BYRD: Henderson (LP, 2K, 2BB) and Powell. Henderson 3S, 4RBI; Kiddy T.

BROOKE (12-14): Kuchinski (WP, 5K, 1BB) and Preston. Hinerman D, 2S, RBI; Preston 2S; Simala 2S, RBI; Smith S, 2RBI; Duffy S; Reardon D, 2RBI.

Weir sweeps North Marion

FARMINGTON – The Weir baseball team took a pair of wins from North Marion, 9-7 and 15-14, Saturday.

The Game 1 victory came in eight innings when the Red Riders answered a three-run bottom of the seventh by North Marion with a two-run top of the eighth to pick up the win. Jeremy Swartzmiller, William Larch, and Cody Knight each connected for a pair of singles in the win with Josh Russell adding a double.

Game 2 saw the Red Riders rally for seven runs in the top of the seventh to come from behind for the victory. Matt Cessna and Russell each had a double, two singles, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Knight added a double, single, and drove in three runs of his own.

Game 1

Weir 9, North Marion 7

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North Marion 300 001 30 – 7 6 0

WEIR: Viakley (WP, 9K, 3BB) and Curtis. Swartzmiller 2S, 3R; Larch 2S, 2R; Cessna S, RBI; Russell D; Knuutila S, R; Curtis S, 2R; Knight 2S, R.

NORTH MARION: Tomana (LP, 9K, 3BB) and McCullough. Jolliffe D, R; Smith S, R; McCullough S, 2R; Opron S, R; Brooks S; Tomana S, R; Lee R.

Game 2

Weir 15, North Marion 14

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North Marion 020 561 0 – 14 13 2

WEIR: Knuutila (2K, 1BB), Cessna (4th, 3K, 1BB), J. Russell (WP, 3K, 1BB) and Beck, Curtis (4). Viakley R; Swartmiller 2S, 2R; Larch S, 3R; Cessna D, 2S, 3RBI, 2R; J. Russell D, 2S, 3RBI, 2R; Curtis S, 3R; C. Russell S, 2RBI, R; Knight D, S, 3RBI, R.

NORTH MARION: Hill (LP, 7K, 5BB) and Brunett. Jolliffe S, 2R; Smith 2R; McCullough 2S, 2R; Opron 2R; Hyersman 3S, D, R; Benfore 2S, R; Hill 3S, 2R; Lee S, 2R.

Lady Riders topple Tigers

WEIRTON – The Weir softball team needed just six innings to claim a pair of wins over Wellsville, 14-3 and 10-0, Saturday on Senior Night.

Micah DiBacco pitched both victories with the second being a three-inning no-hitter for the senior hurler.

Haley McLaughlin drove in three runs in Game 1 on three singles. Jillian Karavanic drove in two on a double.

Emily Zatezalo struck for a two-run home run, the first of her career, in her final regular season home game in the Game 2 win. Meikka Buffo had a triple and two RBIs.

Weir travels to Harrison Central Monday.

Game 1

Weir 14, Wellsville 3

Wellsville 300 – 3 4 7

Weir (10)22 – 14 9 2

WELLSVILLE: Cartwright (LP, 3K, 1BB) and Beatty. Beatty S; Howell S, RBI; Hall RBI; Hunter S, RBI; Caldwell S.

WEIR: DiBacco (WP, 2K, 2BB) and Buffo. Buffo S; McLaughlin 3S, 3RBI; Zatezalo S, D; Rosnick S; Karavanic D, 2RBI; Rice D, RBI; Harris RBI.

Game 2

Weir 10, Wellsville 0

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WELLSVILLE: Cartwright (LP, 1K, 1BB) and Beatty, Caldwell (1).

WEIR (10-13): DiBacco (WP, 1K, 0BB) and Buffo. Buffo T, 2RBI; McLaughlin RBI; Drizake 2S, RBI; Zatezalo HR, 2RBI; Tate S; Karavanic RBI; Fuccy S, RBI.

Jones wins heat

PHILADELPHIA – Franciscan University runner Bill Jones won the college heat of the Division I 5k race at the Penn Relays to place ninth out of 82 overall male 5k runners with a time of 14:19.81 Friday. Jones knocked five seconds off his previous record of 14:24.78 and is currently ranked third in the nation in Division III in this event.

“This was definitely one of the best races of his career,” head coach Vince Oliver said. “First place finish in the College Men’s at Penn Relays is something some athletes only dream about.”

Of the three heats of the men’s 5k – championship, college, and Olympic development – Jones had hoped to compete in the championship run but was instead placed in the slightly slower college heat. The FUS runner disregarded this setback and instead focused on his event.

“I just made the best out of the situation,” Jones said. “Anything can happen, and all in the same, I run my own race.”

He took the lead 600 meters into the race and maintained a consistent distance ahead of the pack throughout, finishing well ahead of his competitors.

“I know I run best when I run free,” Jones said, “Once I took the lead, I thought, ‘I’m going take this race. I just need to run hard and make it the best race I can.'”

Personal bests for Barons

ERIE – It was a quick day for the Franciscan University track team at Penn State Behrend. Multiple runners broke their personal best marks making the Barons look dominant in pristine weather conditions.

“It was short and sweet,” head coach Vince Oliver said. “The weather was perfect and we really brought all we had.”

Junior Jacob Baugher brought his all in the 200 meter race where he not only achieved a personal best with a time of 23.87, but also set the new University record.

“I have been running really well in practice this week,” Baugher said of his preparation. “I didn’t feel very well this morning but I fought through it and had a strong day.”

Chris Hoff ran the 400 hurdles in one minute, shaving nearly five seconds off his previous best time. Hoff followed suit with Baugher by also setting the school record for his event.

Senior Jack Kaiser battled back pains to finish third in the 1500 meter race. Kaiser was not sure if he was going to run Saturday.

On the women’s side, freshman Kristin Mack debuted in the discus throw and threw just over 20 meters for the first time since getting back into the sport.

“I’m just so lucky to be here,” Oliver said. “Seriously, I thank God everyday, and I want to make it clear every week how proud I am of you guys, and how genuinely impressed I am of your talent. We can beat anybody if we put our heads to it.”

The track and field team’s next meet is at Allegheny College for the Gator Invitational on May 10.

Lady Barons drop two

STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan University softball team ended their season with a home Senior Day doubleheader against Hilbert College, losing to the Hawks 11-0 and 11-3.

The first game started with quick at-bats from both teams but the game went downhill for FUS in the third inning, when the Hawks scored three runs.

Franciscan struggled through the next two innings. Slow defensive play allowed the Hawks scored three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth. The Lady Barons were unable to get on base at all, due to strikeouts and pop flies.

“Going into the second game, I think they played a lot more aggressive which was good,” Parker said.

While game two started off slowly for FUS, the middle innings featured some strong farewell performances from some of the Franciscan seniors.

After freshman third baseman Hailey Wesselman started off the fourth inning with a double, senior captain and center fielder Amanda Ruwart followed with a single. Then senior first baseman Catherine Durand hit a homerun, bringing in three runs for FUS in her last game as a Lady Baron.

“I was really happy to see Kathy hit that homerun on Senior Day,” Parker said. “A three run homer, what a great way to close off her career.”

Franciscan took time from their last game to honor their graduating seniors, captain Amanda Ruwart, Catherine Durand, and mid-season addition Monica Recsnik.