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Szymanski's homer keys Ford City rout

| Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Luke Szymanski's solo home run to center field hit a parked car, and Ford City's baseball team cruised to a 15-0 rout over Section 3-AA rival Freeport in three innings on Monday.

Szymanski's home run sailed more than 360 feet. Szymanski was 2 for 3 with a double, and he also picked up the win, giving up one hit in two innings for Ford City (5-1, 3-1).

Szymanski was one of five Sabers who hit a double. The other four Sabers batters to double were Eric Cunningham, Travis November, Tyler Smith and Dylan Wolsonovich.

Cunningham had three RBI, and Smith pushed two runs across the plate. Rory Lockhard was 2 for 3 with one RBI for Ford City, which will travel to West Shamokin on Wednesday.

Burrell 9, Apollo-Ridge 2

David Kunkle went 3 for 4 with two RBI and also pitched the first three innings for the win, as Burrell (4-1, 4-0) cruised by Apollo-Ridge (1-4, 1-4) in a Section 3-AA game. Also for Burrell, Seth Napierkowski knocked in three runs, Eric McAlpine went 3 for 4 with two RBI, and John Lewandowski went 3 for 3 and pitched the final four innings to seal the win.

Softball

West Shamokin 8, Elderton 1

Samantha Eckman and Kristin Hawkins each knocked in two runs, as West Shamokin (4-3) earned a nonconference victory over Armstrong County rival Elderton (3-6).

Eckman doubled, and teammate Julie Troup went 3 for 3 with one RBI.

West Shamokin took advantage of nine Elderton errors.

Wolves pitcher Kayla Butler didn't give up any hits in three innings. Katy Vicini came on in relief and recorded four strikeouts.

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