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YOUNGSTOWN OH- A lot has changed since the year 1990.  Madonna was a top selling artist, CGI was a Hollywood fantasy, and social media wasn’t even conceived yet. One thing that stayed the same from 1990-2023 was Mark Rinehart being the head coach of the Mooney softball program. Over 3 decades have past since Rinehart took the job, and those years have been filled with almost nothing but wins. 31 of the 33 seasons that Rinehart has held the reigns at Mooney have ended with a winning record.  After the 2023 season concluded, Rinehart decided to hang up the manager’s hat and stroll off into retirement. The footprints that he left on the program will never go away though.

16 of Rinehart’s players have gone on to play at the next level. One of the most decorated players to come through Mooney is Conchetta Rinaldi. The current YSU Penguin is set to finish up her career with one last season in Youngstown.  She has accomplished so much in her career, and a lot of her success would not have come without the guidance of Coach Rinehart during her time at Mooney.  Rinaldi was kind enough to talk with YSN’s Anthony Hartwig about the legacy her former coach will leave on the Mooney program. They also talk about what the next coach should expect if they want to keep the tradition alive, some of her favorite memories with the Mooney program, and so much more. Check out this exclusive interview with a legend of Mooney’s past Conchetta Rinaldi.

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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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Cardinal Mooney nabbed the lead late in the game in an 8-5 victory over South Range on Friday.  The game was tied at four with  Mooney in the top of the sixth when Alaina A. Francis homered on a 1-1 count, scoring three runs.

The Cardinals  earned the victory despite allowing South Range to score three runs in the second inning.  Maddie Helon and Marlaina Slabach all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

South Range got on the board in the first inning when Bree Kohler hit a solo homer.

Mooney knotted the game up at four in the top of the fourth inning, when CJ Sapp doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring three runs.

Alaina Francis led the Cardinals to victory on the rubber. She lasted four innings, allowing one hit and one run while striking out three and walking zero.

 Maddie Filisky started the game for Mooney. She went three innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out one

The Cardinals launched one home run on the day. Alaina Francis had a long ball in the sixth inning.

Mooney racked up 12 hits in the game.  Sapp, A. Francis, Brooke Chandler, and Gia Difabio all had multiple hits for Cardinal Mooney Varsity.  Difabio, Chandler, A. Francis, and Sapp each collected two hits to lead Cardinal Mooney Varsity.

South Range saw the ball well today, racking up six hits in the game.  Kohler and Julie Centefonti each had multiple hits for South Range. Kohler hit 2 home runs while Maddie Helon also added 2 RBI.

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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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1. a musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale.
The Cardinal Mooney Lady Cards are playing some sweet music on the court these days.  The team is currently 8-3 overall and is making some noise in local power polls as we head toward the home stretch of the campaign.


While the Lady Cards are linked together like a steel chain, one of the Senior Cardinals is especially helping when it comes to tuning up this band.  Conchetta Rinaldi, Mooney’s senior standout has taken this season personally and knows that in her grand finale on the hardwood, she wants to leave everything out on the floor.  She’s known for her defensive ability, and strength in keeping other teams best players off the scoreboard, but has also shown the scorer’s touch when called upon.
This Lady Cardinal intends to fly at the next level as well, as Rinaldi has inked her letter of intent for Youngstown State to continue her softball career.  While we’re certainly looking forward to softball season, our Nate Keiper sits down with Conchetta for this week’s Cardinal Mooney Basketball Player Profile: CARDINAL CONCERTO.