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YOUNGSTOWN, OH- You know what they say…things in life are better paired together.  Peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, Spongebob and Patrick, Snoopy and Woodstock, Chandler and Joey, and at Cardinal Mooney: Alaina and…Alaina.

Senior Cardinal Softball players Alaina Scavina and Alaina Francis have teamed up to become one of the greatest tandems of all time for Mooney Softball.

The two are interchangeable in the circle and behind the dish, and when one is down- the other is certain to pick things up.  Opposing coaches have been frustrated by that fact over the last 4 years, and even more frustration comes when they’re both at the top of their game- and lately, that’s been a frequent occurrence.

Although the final destination has concluded in their softball careers, the history these two have created is something nobody can ever take away!

We caught up with the dynamic duo to discuss all things Alaina on this episode of Cardinal Mooney Player Profile: Two ‘Lain Highway.




AUSTINTOWN OH- It was senior night in Austintown and Mooney and Fitch squared off for the second time in three days on Monday, this time from the Falcons Nest in Austintown. The result however would be the same as the Cardinals battled their way to a 53-42 win.

Katie Hough paved the way for Mooney scoring 21 points. Alaina Scavina was also in double figures with 13.

Fitch was led by two of their seniors. Chelsie Wheeler led the Falcons scoring with 12, while Emma Bartlett finished with 8.


COLUMBIANA OH- Crestview has to fight all night on Thursday as they welcomed in Mooney to Rebel Country. It was the Cardinals first game of the year, and they played hungry. Crestview has to overcome a six point deficit in the final frame to beat Mooney 43-41 in a thriller.

Krista Perry continued her strong campaign leading the Rebels with 17 points. Seven different Rebels got themselves on the scoresheet.

Alaina Scavina had a great first game leading the Cardinals with a game-high 21 points. Katie Hough added 11.

Crestview will travel to United on Monday.


BURTON OH- Cardinal Mooney came in to this district tournament with a record of 7-14 and the 16 seed, but that’s not how they’re playing now. They added another tournament win to their already impressive resume with a 5 set thriller over Berkshire (25-15 24-26 25-21 23-25 15-12).

Katie Hough led the Cardinals offense with 9 kills, but she was incredible on the defensive side totaling 37 digs. Alaina Scavina was right behind her with 8. Angelina Rotunno had a nice night setting up 28 assists. Scavina finished with 18 digs, Rotunno finished with 13.

Mooney advances to the district championship where they’ll try to Upset yet another team. They will travel to one seed Crestview on Saturday. That match will start at 1:00.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Mooney has had a tough season so far in 2020. It can be largely attributed to the high strength of schedule they have. But as of late, the Cardinals seem to be on the right track. They took their second match in a row Tuesday night with a sweep of Warren Harding.

Raegan Filipowicz led the Cardinals in kills with 13. Katie Hough recorded a double double with 12 kills and 12 digs. Angelina Rotunno put together a solid performance with 37 assists and 4 aces. Alaina Scavina was also in double digits in digs finishing with 10.

Mooney looks to keep their winning streak alive on Thursday as they host East.


YOUNGSTOWN OH- Lakeview continued to roll through their schedule on Wednesday with a sweep of Mooney that moved their record to 13-0 (25-22 25-12 25-18).

Tara Lytle led a balanced offense for Lakeview with 9 kills. She also finished with 2 digs, and an ace. Three other attackers had at least 5 kills for the Bulldogs. Anna Peterson finished with 6, while Emma Schmader and Brooke Schneider each had 5. Maddie Bayus has 12 digs to share the team lead with Maggie Pavlansky who collected a double with 22 assists and 12 digs.

Alaina Francis led Mooney with 7 kills. Angelina Rotunno set up 18 assists, and Alain’s Scavina led the back row in defense with 15 digs.

Lakeview will look to continue their dominance of the NE8 as they host Poland on Thursday. Mooney will try and bounce back traveling to Chaney.



YOUNGSTOWN OH- Mooney Volleyball ended a slight losing skid on Thursday with a five set win over rival Ursuline.

Mooney has four players with double digit kills. Leading the way was Katie Hough with a double double. She had 12 kills and 22 assists. Alaina Scavina has 12 kills as well. Alaina Francis gathered 11 kills, while Raegan Filipowicz accumulated 10. Angelina Rotunno led the defense with 35 digs. Other Cardinals played great defense as well, Gia DiVincenzo finished with 20, and Leanne Chandler had 15. Francis served 4 aces as well.

Mooney is now 2-5 and will host Lakeview on Wednesday. Ursuline drops to 2-4 and will travel to Newton Falls on Saturday.


SALEM OH- The Quakers and the Cardinals earned the right to play for a spot in the district semis. Having not played each other during the season, it would be a fresh challenge for both sides. The tension was high, an opportunity to play West Branch at stake. And both teams would put on a show for a near capacity crowd.

The action started as many would expect, a back and forth affair between two physical teams. Salem’s defense showed up to play in the early goings especially. They would force four Mooney turnovers using their full court press, all of which resulting in points. Kyla Jamison for Salem would make her presence felt, leading the charge with 6 first quarter points. And despite Mooney shooting well from 3 in the quarter, the Quakers finished out the first on a 7-0 to take a 17-11 lead.

Jamison would continue to dominate the paint in the second, 6 more points a big offensive rebound, but Coach Baker’s group responded quickly. The 7-0 run that Salem had in the first was neutralized by a 14-4 run put on by the Lady Cardinals. Sophomore Alaina Scavina hit her first 3 point attempt to give the Cardinals the lead with 2:30 left in the quarter. Coupled with two trips to the free throw line, as well as senior Catie Perry dropping 9 points, Mooney looked in firm control. But, with just mere seconds on the clock, Casey Johnson for Salem hit a buzzer beating floater to tie the game as the teams headed into the locker room, 25-25.

Third quarter play was slow at first. Neither team made a field goal for the first two minutes. Finally, Annie Davidson for Salem nailed a 3 pointer that seemed to spring life into the Quakers. They would go on a 9-0 run and retake the lead. It was Johnson’s defense as well that sparked the run, with two key steals on back to back possessions. Altogether, Salem had 13 steals. Mooney would keep it relatively close, as their free throw shooting kept Salem from pulling away. Perry, Scavina, and Katie Hough were perfect among themselves on their attempts, going 6/6. Salem would carry a lead into the final quarter, 39-36.

Just as she did at the end of the first half, Casey Johnson sensed her team needed a spark. She supplied it with yet another clean steal and 3 point shot, giving the Quakers a 6 point lead. But Salem would fall into some foul trouble, as Mooney got into the bonus with 6 minutes left in regulation. Two more free throws from Perry brought the lead to 4. A couple turnovers back and forth eventually led to a huge 3 pointer from Katie Hough to make a one point game with just minutes remaining. Forced to foul to extend the game, Mooney needed multiple stops. But the front court of Salem, Jaden Hamilton and Kyla Jamison, soaked up every offensive board. The lead goes back to 4. But Mooney would respond again, this time Perry from NBA 3 point range to cut it back to one, with just 50 seconds remaining.

It all came down to free throws, and both Annie and Abbie Davidson found themselves there. Game on the line, they split both of their attempts. But Mooney could not keep Salem down. A final desperation drive from Scavina resulted in no basket, no foul, and the end of the Lady Cardinals season. The final score, Salem 50 Cardinal Mooney 47.

After the game, Coach Vince Nittoli for Salem, when asked about what his message was to the girls as Mooney kept clawing back, said “This is it. This is our season. This is what we’ve been grinding for.” He would go on to say, “It’s grit. They want it just as bad as we do, who’s gonna want it more down the stretch?”

Kyla Jamison led the way for Salem with 21 points. Casey Johnson added 11 points and 5 steals.

For the Cardinals, Catie Perry finished with a double-double scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Alaina Scavina had a double-double as well with 11 points 12 rebounds.

Salem will go on to face West Branch in the district semifinals, while the Cardinals’ season ends on a hard fought, gutsy performance.

*Story Contributed by YSN’s Nate Keiper.


Game 1.

Cardinal Mooney defeated Berkshire 6-1 on Saturday.

Berkshire fired up the offense in the first inning.  An error scored one run.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Cardinals tied things up at one.  Gia Difabio singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.

Cardinal Mooney pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning.  In the third Caitlin Perry doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring two runs and Romano threw a wild pitch allowing one run across the plate for the Cardinals.

Alaina Francis was the winning pitcher for Mooney. She lasted seven innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out 11.

Romano started the game for Berkshire. She allowed nine hits and five runs over six innings, striking out one and walking zero.

Mooney tallied nine hits.  Carly Francis and Alaina Francis each collected multiple hits for Cardinal Mooney.  Alaina Francis and Carly Francis each collected two hits to lead Cardinal Mooney Varsity.

Lillibridge went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Berkshire in hits.

Game 2

Maddie Filisky was brilliant in the pitcher’s circle on Saturday, as she threw a no-hitter to lead Cardinal Mooney past Berkshire 20-0.

CJ Sapp led the Cardinals to victory by driving in five runs.  She went 3-for-4 at the plate.  Sapp drove in runs on a double in the first and a home run in the third.

In the first inning, Mooney got their offense started.  Alaina Francis grounded out, scoring one run.

Mooney put up eight runs in the second inning.  Conchetta Rinaldi, Gia Difabio, Filisky, Lexi Diaz all contributed in the big inning with RBIs.

Filisky earned the win for the Cardinals  She went five innings, allowing zero runs on zero hits, striking out six and walking zero.

Somrak toed the rubber for Berkshire. She allowed 16 hits and 20 runs over two and a third innings.  Skolaris threw one and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.

The Cardinals launched three home runs on the day. Sapp went deep in the third inning. Rinaldi had a pair of long balls in the second inning

Mooney collected 18 hits.  Caitlin Perry, Sapp, Rinaldi, Diaz, Difabio, Alaina Scavina, and Filisky each had multiple hits for Mooney.  Sapp and Perry all had three hits to lead the Cardinals.

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Mooney put up nine runs in the third on its way to a 12-2 victory over Edison on Wednesday.  Mooney offense in the inning was led by Alaina A. Francis, Alaina Scavina, Brooke Chandler, CJ Sapp, Carly C. Francis, and  Chet Rinaldi, who all drove in runs.

A. Francis earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle for the Cardinals. She allowed four hits and two runs over five innings, striking out three.

Merdogis was in the circle for Edison. She went four innings, allowing 12 runs on ten hits and striking out three.

Mooney launched one home run on the day. A. Francis went deep in the third inning.

Mooney totaled ten hits.  Caitlin Perry and C. Francis all managed multiple hits for Cardinal Mooney Varsity.  Perry led Cardinal Mooney Varsity with three hits in three at bats.

Edison didn’t commit a single error in the field. Mcgiery had the most chances in the field with two.

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