SOFTBALL: Eagles blast way to win
ROCKY GROVE – Youngsville won its game of the season Tuesday, using the extra base hit to overwhelm Rocky Grove, 6-2, at Rocky Grove High School.
“I hate to steal a line from the Eisenhower coach, but hitting is contagious,” said Youngsville coach Ron Jameson who earned his first career win as a varsity coach. “The girls were sitting on the outside pitches and sending them the other way.”
The homestanding Orioles actually scored first and led 1-0 after two innings. However, the Eagles would go on to plate at least one run in each of the last five innings to complete the four-run win.
In the third, Kennedy Cratty singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Katie Gustafson’s RBI single. Youngsville would then tie the game in the fourth inning when Haley Gray singled and scored on Karissa Cratty’s RBI double.
The Lady Eagles (1-2) plated two runs in the fifth to go ahead for good. Elyssa Horn started the inning with a triple and was brought home on an error. Next, Gustafson hit the first of two triples on the night and scored on Julia Sveda’s RBI double.
The visitors would add an insurance run in each of the sixth and seventh innings to complete the scoring. Horn doubled home Kennedy Cratty in the sixth inning and Gray knocked home Gustafson with an infield hit. Gustafson was on third after belting her second triple in three innings.
The Lady Eagles return to action Wednesday, hosting Eisenhower.
YOUNGSVILLE (6): Ke Cratty, ss, 4-2-3-0, Horn, p, 4-1-2-2, Jameson, cf, 4-0-1-0, Gustafson, 3b, 4-2-3-1, Sveda, rf, 4-0-1-0, Gray, lf, 4-1-1-1, Lewis, c, 4-0-0-0, Ka. Cratty, 2b, 4-0-2-1, Anderson, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Totals: 35-6-13-5
ROCKY GROVE (2): Lepley, ss, 4-0-1-0, Shull, p, 3-1-1-0, Daveer, c, 3-1-1-0, Swartzler, dp, 3-0-2-1, Garris, 2b, 3-0-1-1, Rembold, cf, 3-0-0-0, Hannah, lf, 3-0-0-0, Ditzerberger, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Anderson, rf, 3-0-0-0, Black, 3b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 28-2-6-2
Youngsville 001 121 1 – 6 13
Rocky Grove 101 000 0 – 2 6
2b-Swartzler (R), Horn (Y), Sveda (Y), Ka. Cratty (Y). 3b-Horn (Y), Gustafson (Y) 2. WP-Horn. LP-Shull.
Elk County Catholic 13, Sheffield 3
SAINT MARYS – Sheffield couldn’t make it two wins in two days, falling to a strong Elk County Catholic club, 13-3, at Elk County Catholic High School.
The Wolverines (1-3) were largely undone by a seven-run outburst put on by the hosts in the bottom of the second inning. Until that point, Sheffield had been leading, 1-0, grabbing a first inning lead when Brooke Hoffman’s RBI single scored Maddie Fiscus.
Despite trailing 10-1 through three innings, Sheffield kept battling and managed to push runs across the plate in both the fourth and fifth innings. Hannah Vile and Anna Baldensperger drew walks in the fourth inning before Vile scored on an RBI groundout by Emily Knowles.
In the fifth inning, Vile added the RBI with a sacrifice that plated Brandy Rockwell.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Elk County scored twice in the bottom of the fifth, pushing the lead to 10 runs and ending the contest via the ten-run rule.
Sheffield ended the game with three hits – one each from Fiscus, Hoffman and Rockwell.
The Wolverines return to action Thursday, hosting Brockway.
SHEFFIELD (3): Maddie Fiscus, p, 3-1-1-0, Hoffman, 3b, 2-0-1-1, Mary Fiscus, dp, 3-0-0-0, Vile, 1b, 2-1-0-1, Baldensperger, c, 0-0-0-0, Orinko, rf, 1-0-0-0, Maines, ss, 1-0-0-0, Pollock, 2b, 1-0-0-0, Rockwell, cf, 1-1-1-0, Knowles, rf, 2-0-0-1, Devine, lf, 1-0-0-0, Mahalic, dh, 1-0-0-0, Totals: 18-3-3-3
ELK COUNTY (13): Imbrogno, ss, 3-1-2-1, Neureiter, 2b, 3-1-3-2, Ginther, cf, 2-1-1-2, Hanes, c, 4-2-3-2, Stover, 3b, 1-0-0-1, Dacanal, 1b, 2-2-0-0, Schneider, dp, 3-2-2-0, Vilone, rf, 1-2-0-0, Cashmer, lf, 2-2-0-0, Totals: 21-13-11-8
Sheffield 100 11 – 3 3
Elk County 073 12 – 13 11
3b-Ginther (E). WP-Heary. LP-Mad. Fiscus.
Franklin 5, Eisenhower 1
FRANKLIN – Sometimes the breaks don’t go your way.
Eisenhower softball coach R.J. Williams said his Knights probably played better in Tuesday’s 5-1 loss than in Monday’s 15-13 victory over Villa Maria.
The only difference on Tuesday was that the ball was hit directly at Franklin’s defense instead of finding the gaps the ball found on Monday.
“We played very well,” said Williams. “Right out of the box, the Franklin third baseman made a couple of tremendous plays. Later, we hit a lot of line drives, but they were right at their defense. If they don’t fall, they don’t fall. That’s the game.”
Franklin scored the first four runs of the game before the Knights broke through for a run in the top of the fourth. Dakota Williams singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a two-out single from Ashley Barnett.
Two of the Knights’ four hits came in the fourth frame. Barnett added a second hit later in the game and Haylie Birt also singled.
Eisenhower (1-2) returns to action Wednesday, visiting Youngsville.
EISENHOWER (1): Repke, cf, 3-0-0-0, Dakota Williams, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Birt, ss, 3-0-1-0, Stanton, c, 3-0-0-0, Barnett, rf, 3-0-2-1, Wagner, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Morrison, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Schutt, dp, 2-0-0-0, Trumbull, rf, 2-0-0-0, McJunkin, p, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 25-1-4-1
FRANKLIN (5): Mullen, ss, 3-0-0-0, Beggs, lf, 4-1-1-0, Hoover, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Spicer, c, 3-0-1-1, Miller, cf, 3-1-1-0, Rice, 2b, 3-2-2-0, Wood, rf, 3-1-1-2, Stewart, 1b, 2-0-0-1, Johnson, ph, 1-0-0-0, Romanowski, p, 3-0-0-1, Totals: 27-5-7-5
Eisenhower 000 100 0 – 1 4 4
Franklin 031 001 x – 5 7 1
2b-Spicer (F), Wood (F). WP-Romanowski. LP-McJunkin.