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Article published April 8, 2013
SV, Mars tennis prove dominant
Seneca Valley and Mars flexed their muscles with dominant boys tennis wins Thursday. The Raiders defeated Butler, 5-0, while the Planets blanked Knoch by the same score. Jonathan Perkins led the way for the Raiders (6-4, 4-3) with a 6-0, 6-0 victory in No. 1 singles. Joe Shults and Alex Park also posted wins in singles. The loss drops Butler to 3-5 on the season. Seneca Valley 5, Butler 0 Singles 1-Jonathan Perkins (SV) def. Henry May 6-0, 6-0; 2-Joe Shults (SV) def. Devin Fitz 6-1, 6-2; 3-Alex Park (SV) def. Cam Sedwick 6-2, 6-1. Doubles 1-Mayank Parashar/Patrick O’Connor (SV) def. A.J. May/Ethan Turner 6-2, 6-1; 2-Eric Abbott/Michael Garczynski (SV) def. Gavin Shuler/Martin Zanicky 7-6, 6-4. Mars 5, Knoch 0 — Josh Raymundo, Aaron Gruber and Noah Hudac swept singles action to spur the Planets’ victory over the Knights. Each of the trio won his respective match by the score of 6-0, 6-0. Mars 5, Knoch 0 Singles 1-Josh Raymundo (M) def. Mike Carns 6-0, 6-0; 2-Aaron Gruber (M) def. Edgar Sotomayer 6-0, 6-0; 3-Noah Hudac (M) def. Shane Frishkorn 6-0, 6-0. Doubles 1-Alex Gruber/Justin Simakas (M) def. Bob Larimer/Lucas Kunkle 6-2, 6-1; 2-Nick Decamp/Jake Haser (M) def. Brett Miner/Lucas Rodgers 6-2, 6-2. Softball Mars 4, Highlands 3— Suzanne Papik doubled home the game-winning runs in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Planets. Taylor Rotz struck out eight over seven innings for Mars (2-4, 2-0), while an Erin Hershman sacrifice bunt brought home Blake Kitt for a key run in the sixth inning. Highlands 000 102 0 — 3 8 2 Mars 000 002 2 — 4 7 5 WP: Taylor Rotz 7IP (8K, 2BB). Mars (2-4, 2-0): Suzanne Papik 2B, 2-RBI; Blake Kitt 1B, 2-R Today: Hampton at Mars, 3:45 Baseball David Bednar had three singles and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Planets to a 6-4 road win Wednesday over Blackhawk. Bednar struck out seven in four innings. Mars 100 002 3 — 6 10 2 Blackhawk 000 120 1 — 4 4 1 W: Nathan Furl 3IP (4K, 3BB). L: Cody Bain 1-3IP (1K, 0B). Mars (3-1): Matt Eperesi 2B RBI, Connor McGinnis 2B RBI, David Bednar 3-1B 2-RBI Blackhawk: Brendan McKay 2-HR 1B 4-RBI Monday: Kittanning at Mars