BUTLER — The Rob Stossel era at Indiana has begun with a victory.
Sean Thompson went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs, Brian Creps added two hits and three RBIs, and Indiana used solid defense to claim a 9-5 win over Deer Lakes on Saturday at Pullman Park in a WPIAL non-conference baseball game.
It was the first game for Indiana under Stossel, who took over the program this winter. Stossel is the former coach at Homer-Center, and he guided the Wildcats to a spot in the PIAA Class A championship game in 2005.
“We played pretty well for a first game,” Stossel said. “We had no errors, which was good to see. The effort was there, and I am very pleased.”
Creps and Thompson combined for six of the Indians’ nine hits and drove in five of their nine runs. Trent Ream drove in two runs and went 1-for-3.
Ream won the game in relief of starter Danny Clark. Ream worked two innings, and struck out four batters.
Indiana (1-0) plays host to Burrell on Tuesday. The Indians open section play on Wednesday at home against Greensburg Central Catholic.
DERRY — Leadoff batter Johnny Panizzi went 3-for-3, and the Derry Trojans began their season with a 4-1 win over East Allegheny in a WPIAL game at Grandview Field.
The Trojans scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game open. Luke Ridilla, Robbie Hebenthal and Ryan Rick had RBI singles in the inning. Lucas Maloy earned the win relief. Hebenthal got the save.
Derry (1-0) visits Laurel Highlands on Wednesday.
IHS cruises in lacrosse match
Andrew Wetzel scored seven goals to lead Indiana to a 15-4 win over Fairmont (W.Va.) in a high school lacrosse match Saturday at Andy Kuzneski Field.
Nick Cornell added three goals, and Indiana got one each from Keldon Spicher, John Lewis Gatti, Connor Tshudy, Ryan Watters and Luke Lewandowski.
Goalie Sean Rhodes had 19 saves for Indiana. Tyler Milsop had seven ground balls, while Sam Grieggs had three.
Indiana (2-0) visits Vincentian Academy on Wednesday.
Area players picked for all-star game
ALTOONA — Four players from Heritage Conference schools have been chosen to play in the Altoona Mirror Classic, which will be held Friday, at Mount Aloysius College, in Cresson.
The girls-boys doubleheader, set for 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., will match the top seniors from Blair County against Central PA teams made up of the top seniors from Bedford, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Mifflin and Somerset counties, as well as parts of the counties of Westmoreland, Elk, Franklin and Juniata.
Northern Cambria’s Adam Polites will play for the Central PA team in the boys’ game. On the girls’ side, Blairsville’s MacKenzie Livingston, Penns Manor’s Krista Gillo and Ligonier Valley’s Maddy Grimm will play for Central PA in the girls’ game.
Tickets, $5 each and $3 for students 12 and under, will be sold at Mount Aloysius beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the game.
Indians drop tennis match
Burrell won all but one of the five matches and scored a 4-1 win over Indiana in a WPIAL boys’ tennis match Saturday at First Commonwealth Courts at the White Township Recreational Complex.
Justin Fleming was Indiana’s lone winner, netting a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win over Luke Lynam in singles play.
Indiana (0-2) welcomes St. Joseph on Monday.