SOFTBALL: Sheffield wins home opener; Dragons stay hot
A six-run fourth inning propelled the Sheffield Lady Wolverines to a win in their home opener Monday afternoon, as they defeated East Forest by a score of 9-7 in non-league action at Sheffield Area High School.
The visitors jumped ahead early, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take a 5-0 lead before Sheffield battled back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. That set up the big fourth inning, and the Wolverines held off an East Forest rally late in the game to earn their first win of the season.
“Once we got going, we started to look better,” said Sheffield coach Traci Vile. “We were a little sloppy at first. You could tell we haven’t been outside much.”
Sophomore pitcher Maddie Fiscus earned the win for Sheffield, going five innings while striking out four before being relieved by senior Hannah Vile to close out the game.
Center fielder Brandy Rockwell had a big day offensively, going 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored. Fiscus added two hits of her own, and Vile knocked in a pair of RBI in the deciding fourth inning.
The Lady Wolverines(1-2) will look for win number two when they open their league schedule Tuesday at Elk County Catholic.
EAST FOREST (7): ab-r-h: King 3-3-2, McGlow 4-1-3, Shetler 4-0-1, Songer 4-1-2, Motter 4-1-0, Geyer 2-0-0, Makoby 2-0-0, Clow 4-0-1, Rathvon 2-1-0, Hargenrader 2-0-0, Shipe 3-0-0, Totals 34-7-9.
SHEFFIELD (9): Mad. Fiscus 4-1-2, Hoffman 2-2-1, Baldensperger 4-1-1, Vile 2-0-1, Mar. Fiscus 3-1-1, Maines 3-1-0, Orinko 3-1-0, Pratz 3-0-1, Rockwell 4-2-3, Totals 28-9-11.
East Forest 230 000 2 – 7 9
Sheffield 003 600 x – 9 11
WP – Mad. Fiscus. LP – Songer.
Warren 13, Vincent 0
ERIE – Good teams find ways to score runs with two down.
Warren scored nine of its 13 runs with two outs Monday, winning its fourth straight game with a 13-0 triumph over Strong Vincent.
“What I liked about today was how we kept fighting with two outs,” said Warren coach Mark Bupp. “We didn’t stop fighting and had some really strong at-bats and scored some big runs at big times.”
The Dragons had two outs and runners on second and third in a 0-0 game when Paige Wilson continued her early season dominance with a two-run double that made it 2-0. Erica Blair followed with a 14-pitch at-bat that ended with a walk and Kathryn Lobdell next drove home a pair with a two-run double. Wilson would score on a wild pitch and Lobdell on an error to close the scoring at 6-0 after a half-inning.
Already up 7-0 in the third inning, the Dragons added two additional two-out runs when Kennedy Walter ripped a single and scored on Kaitlin Ishman’s two-run homer. Ishman’s bomb to dead centerfield made it 9-0 and the game was all but over.
Wilson finished the game 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI. Through four games, the freshman is hitting .750 (12-of-16) with a homer and 11 RBI. Pitcher Alexa Bupp struck out six and walked none in a three-hitter and Ishman was 3-for-4 with four runs scored and a pair of RBI.
The Dragons face a tough test Tuesday when they travel to Waterford to play Fort LeBoeuf. Fort LeBoeuf defeated Warren in last year’s District 10 Class AAA Championship Game. Both teams have several key pieces back from last year’s teams.
WARREN (13): Ishman, 2b, 4-4-3-2, Eaton, ss, 4-0-0-0, Bupp, p, 3-2-2-1, Loutzenhiser, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Wilson, c, 4-3-4-4, Blair, rf, 3-1-1-1, Mineweaser, 3b, 4-1-0-1, Lobdell, lf, 3-1-1-2, Walter, cf, 3-1-1-0, Munksgard, cr, 0-1-0-0, Wees, cr, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 31-13-12-11
STRONG VINCENT (0): G. Hess, 3b, 2-0-1-0, Jobczynski, 1b, 2-0-1-0, H. Hess, p, 2-0-0-0, A. Peck, ss, 2-0-0-0, Lichuca, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Ghostin, cf, 2-0-0-0, McCallister, c, 2-0-1-0, H. Peck, rf, 2-0-0-0, Jones, lf, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 18-0-3-0
Warren 612 13 – 13 12 0
Strong Vincent 000 00 – 0 3 3
2b-Lobdell (W), Wilson (W) 2, G. Hess (S). 3b-Bupp (W), Blair (C). HR-Ishman (W). WP-Bupp. LP-H. Hess.
Ike 15, Villa Maria 13
ERIE – Hitting is contagious as Eisenhower found out Monday during its 15-13 victory over Villa Maria.
“We just got a lot of timely hits today,” said Eisenhower softball coach R.J. Williams. “Everybody who stepped up to the plate got a hit. It looked like a lot of fun actually.”
The Knights (1-1) smacked 17 hits and were ripping the ball from the very beginning against the Victors. The Knights scored four times in the top of the first and pushed its lead to double figures with an eight-run fourth.
Leading 4-1, Natasha Morrison led off the fourth inning with a double and scored on Emily McJunkin’s RBI single. Mallory Trumbull followed with a single of her own and Kelsey Repke sent a three-run homer into the wind that still easily left the park.
The Repke homer made it 8-1, but the Knights weren’t done. Brooke Stanton and Kristen Wagner delivered RBI hits and Morrison knocked in two more runs with her second double of the inning to make it 12-1 Eisenhower.
After a three-run burst in fifth inning made it 15-3, Villa Maria started clawing into the lead with contagious hitting of its own. Villa scored five times in the fifth, three times in the sixth and twice more in the seventh to make it 15-13. The bases were loaded in the bottom of the seventh and the tying run was on second when a groundball hit to Ashley Barnett was flipped to third for a game ending force out.
Stanton led the Knights with four hits on the day. Morrison added three hits and Repke, Haylie Birt and McJunkin added two hits each. Morrison drove in four runs and Repke and Stanton added three RBI apiece.
Eisenhower (1-1) travels to Franklin on Tuesday.
EISENHOWER (15): Repke, cf, 4-2-2-3, D. Williams, 2b, 4-2-1-0, Birt, ss-p, 5-2-2-2, Stanton, 2b, 5-2-4-3, Barnett, rf-ss, 4-1-1-0, Wagner, 3b, 4-2-1-1, Morrison, 1b, 4-2-3-4, McJunkin, p-rf, 3-0-2-2, Lange, cr, 0-1-0-0, Schutt, ph, 1-0-0-0, Trumbull, lf, 4-1-1-0, Totals: 38-15-17-15
VILLA MARIA (13): Slausser, ss, 4-3-1, Colish, 2b, 5-1-2, Luteran, p-1b, 5-2-4, Graml, cf, 4-0-0-0, Coleman, lf, 2-3-1, Colts, 3b, 4-3-3, Maulick, 1b-p, 4-1-0, Neely, c, 4-0-2, Bucheral, lf, 4-0-0, Totals: 36-13-13
Eisenhower 400 830 0 – 15 17 4
Villa Maria 010 253 2 – 13 13 5
2b-Luteran (V), Stanton (E), Morrison (E) 2, McJunkin (E). 3b-Morrison (E). HR-Repke (E). WP-McJunkin. LP-Luteran. Save-Birt.
Iroquois 10, Youngsville 0
LAWRENCE PARK – The Youngsville Lady Eagles ran into a tough Region 5 opponent Monday afternoon, dropping a 10-0 contest to the Iroquois Braves at Iroquois High School.
Iroquois pitcher Joanna Ragen blanked the Eagles while allowing just four hits in five innings of work. Three of those hits came from sophomore shortstop Kennedy Cratty, while twin sister Karissa Cratty picked up the other.
Defensively, Haley Gray threw out a runner at the plate from left field.
The loss drops Youngsville to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in Region 5. They will continue to look for their first win of the season Tuesday when they travel to Rocky Grove for a region match-up with the Orioles.
YOUNGSVILLE (0): ab-r-h-rbi: Ken. Cratty, ss 3-0-3-0, Horn, 3b 3-0-0-0, Jameson, cf 1-0-0-0, Gustafson, p 2-0-0-0, Sveda, rf 2-0-0-0, Gray, lf 2-0-0-0, Lewis, c 2-0-0-0, Kar. Cratty, 2b 2-0-1-0, Anderson, 1b 2-0-0-0. Totals 19-0-4-0.
IROQUOIS (10): Cabaday, 2b 3-2-2-2, Tombaugh, 1b 4-2-3-2, Ashley, rf 1-0-0-2, Ragen, p 3-0-2-2, Martin, cr 0-1-0-0, Campbell, dp 2-0-0-0, Canavan, cf 3-1-2-1, Hatton, c 2-2-1-0, Johnson, lf 3-1-1-0, Kaliszewski, ss 3-1-2-1, Finotti, 3b 0-0-0-0, Rizzo, 3b 1-0-0-0. Totals 25-10-13-10.
Youngsville 000 00 – 0 4 0
Iroquois 320 23 – 10 13 0
WP – Ragen. LP – Gustafson
Junior varsity game
Iroquois 11, Youngsville 1