SOFTBALL: Lady Dragons move to 5-0
McDowell struck early, but Warren struck often.
The Dragons kept their five-game winning streak rolling Thursday afternoon with a 9-1 non-region victory over the Trojans at Hawbaker Field in North Warren. The win improved Warren’s overall record to 5-0 on the year with a 3-0 region mark.
“I’m proud of our kids,” said Warren coach Mark Bupp. “Mackenzie (Hewett) is one of the more accomplished pitchers we’ll face this year. I thought we stayed patient at the plate and handled her pretty well.”
After surrendering a solo home run to McDowell’s Tara Carone in the top of the first inning, Warren answered quickly in the bottom half when Meghan Loutzenhiser singled home Alexa Bupp to tie the game at one run apiece.
Bupp came back with a solo shot of her own in the third inning before Loutzenhiser drew a walk and Paige Wilson drover her in to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Dragons.
Warren would tack on one more in the inning when Erica Blair connected on a double to score courtesy runner Alexis Munksgard, running for Wilson.
Kennedy Walter led off the fourth inning with a single and Kaitlin Ishman walked before Jaimie Eaton layed down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners, setting the stage for Bupp and Loutzenhiser to cash in two more runs and lengthen the Dragons’ lead.
Wilson wouldn’t need help from a teammate scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning, as she came all the way around to score when her double was misplayed by the McDowell center fielder. The freshman catcher added a pair of RBI in the sixth inning, driving a single up the middle to score Eaton and Bupp.
The nine run output was more than enough for Bupp, who went all seven innings in the circle to earn her fifth win of the year.
After giving up the home run in the first, the junior pitcher clamped down, allowing just one hit while striking out 12 McDowell batters.
“I was real proud of (Alexa), with the 12 strikeouts and going 4-for-4 at the plate,” said Mark Bupp. “She’ll be the first to tell you that she had a great defense behind her. Our defense was great today.”
Bupp’s offensive performance was nearly matched by Wilson, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI on the day.
Warren will look to stay unbeaten on Friday, when it travels to Fort LeBoeuf for a region match-up with the Bison.
McDOWELL (1): ab-r-h-rbi: Flagg, rf, 3-0-0-0, Fuller, cf, 3-0-0-0, Carone, c, 3-1-1-1, Pecar, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Hewett, p, 3-0-0-0, Kolo, ss, 3-0-0-0, Burns, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Lojewski, 3b, 2-0-1-0, Ackman, lf, 2-0-0-0, Totals 23-1-2-1.
WARREN (9): Ishman, 2b, 3-1-0-0, Eaton, ss, 3-1-1-0, Bupp, p, 4-3-4-2, Wees, cr, 0-0-0-0, Loutzenhiser, 1b, 2-1-1-2, Wilson, c, 4-2-3-3, Munksgard, cr, 0-0-0-0, Blair, rf, 4-0-1-1, Mineweaser, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Lobdell, lf, 2-0-0-0, Walter, cf, 3-1-1-0, Totals 28-9-11-8.
McDowell 100 000 0 – 1 2
Warren 103 212 x – 9 11
2b – Bupp (W), Wilson (W), Blair (W). HR – Bupp (W), Carone (M). WP – Bupp, LP – Hewett.
Titusville 10, Youngsville 1
Youngsville’s two-game winning streak came to an end Thursday with a 10-1 defeat at the hands of the Titusville Rockets at Youngsville High School.
The Rockets never put the big inning on the Eagles, but scored at least one run in five of seven innings and scored three runs in each of the first and fourth innings.
Youngsville (2-3) saw their lone run come in the fifth inning when Elyssa Horn doubled home Karissa Cratty. Youngsville finished the contest with eight hits. Kennedy Cratty had three of those while Horn, Jessica Jameson, Julia Sveda, Haley Gray and Karissa Cratty added one hit each. Jameson’s hit was a double.
Warren-native Shana Grosch was the winning pitcher for the Rockets.
Youngsville returns to action on Tuesday, visiting Franklin.
TITUSVILLE (10): Grosch, p, 3-0-0, Galmish, cr, 0-1-0, M. Johnson, 3b, 4-1-1, A. Clark, c, 4-0-1, Donovan, cr, 0-0-0, Bowser, 1b, 4-3-3, Neely, ss, 4-1-1, Popham, lf, 2-0-0, J. Clark 2-0-0, Vandervort, 2b, 4-2-2, Garrett, rf, 4-1-2, Foltz, cf, 3-1-0, Totals: 34-10-10
YOUNGSVILLE (1): Ke. Cratty, ss, 4-0-3-0, Horn, p, 4-0-1-1, Jameson, cf, 3-0-1-0, Gustafson, 3b, 4-0-0-0, Sveda, 2b, 3-0-1-0, Gray, lf, 3-0-1-0, Rugar, dp, 3-0-0-0, Ka. Cratty, rf, 3-1-1-0, Lewis, c, 3-0-0-0, Anderson, 1b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 30-1-8-1
Titusville 311 300 2 – 10 10
Youngsville 000 010 0 – 1 8
2b-Horn (Y), Jameson (Y). 3b-A. Clark (T), Bowser (T). HR-Bowser (T). WP-Grosch. LP-Horn.
Rocky Grove 7, Ike 1
A day after a heartbreaking loss to Youngsville, the Eisenhower Knights played a home game with the Rocky Grove Orioles on a field they have never played on before.
With construction at the Knights’ home field forcing Thursday’s game to be played at the Farm Colony Complex in North Warren, Eisenhower left 12 runners on base and struggled to get the big hit when it needed it during a 7-1 loss to the Orioles.
Despite finishing with just one run, the Knights banged out nine hits and worked four walks during Thursday’s loss. Kristen Wagner and Haylie Birt had two hits each while Kelsey Repke, Dakota Williams, Natasha Morrison, Emily McJunkin and Mallory Trumbull had one hit each. Wagner had the only extra base hit for the Knights with a double.
The Orioles had jumped out to a 5-0 lead through the first five and a half innings before the Knights broke through for a run in the bottom of the sixth. Wagner led off the inning with her double and Morrison and McJunkin followed with singles. McJunkin’s hit scored Wagner.
After an out, Repke followed with her single, loading the bases with just one out. However, the Knights were unable to find a much needed hit throughout the rest of the inning and Rocky Grove ended the threat while still holding a 5-1 lead.
The Orioles would tack on a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring at 7-1.
Eisenhower (1-4) is off until Tuesday when it hosts region foe Iroquois.
ROCKY GROVE (7): Lepley, ss, 5-1-0, Sheel, p, 4-1-3, Brewer, c, 4-1-2, Swartzler, dp, 4-0-1, Garris, 2b, 3-1-0, Rambold, cf, 4-1-1, Demer, lf, 4-0-2, Ditzenberger, 1b, 3-2-1, Prorok, rf, 4-0-1, Hanna, 3b, 0-0-0, Totals: 35-7-11
EISENHOWER (1): Repke, cf, 3-0-1-0, Williams, 2b, 4-0-1-0, Birt, ss, 3-0-2-0, Stanton, c, 4-0-0-0, Barnett, rf, 3-0-0-0, Wagner, 3b, 3-1-2-0, Morrison, 1b, 3-0-1-0, McJunkin, p, 3-0-1-1, Trumbull, lf, 3-0-1-0, Totals: 29-1-9-0
Rocky Grove 101 201 2 – 7 11
Eisenhower 000 001 0 – 1 9
2b-Sheel (R), Brewer (R), Wagner (E). WP-Sheel. LP-McJunkin.
Brockway 7, Sheffield 3
Brockway 10, Sheffield 0
Sheffield’s bats were silenced on Thursday afternoon, as the Wolverines were swept by Brockway in a doubleheader at Sheffield High School. The Rovers won the first game 7-3 and the second 10-0.
Despite falling behind 6-0 in the first game, the Wolverines battled back to score one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to cut their deficit in half. Hannah Vile knocked one run in with an RBI double and freshman Kameron Orinko brought in another.
Brockway added two more runs in the seventh inning to seal the victory.
Maddie Fiscus was the starting pitcher for Sheffield and took the loss. She also scored one of the Wolverines’ three runs. Mary Fiscus and Brandy Rockwell were the only other two Wolverines to record hits in the first game.
Sheffield couldn’t muster any offense at all in game two, recording just two singles from Mary Fiscus and Emily Knowles.
Mary Fiscus also started for the Wolverines and pitched two innings, while taking the loss. Several of Brockway’s runs were unearned, as the Wolverines committed five errors in the game. Vile replaced Fiscus in the third inning and pitched the remainder of the game.
“We’re improving game by game, and I think the first game was definitely evident of that,” Sheffield coach Traci Vile said. “We haven’t played enough, and we have two more doubleheaders next week. The more game experience we get, the better off we’ll be.”
Sheffield (1-5) will host Ridgway in the first of those two doubleheaders on Monday afternoon.
BROCKWAY (7): Esposito, cf, 4-2-2-0, Martino, rf, 4-1-1-0, Wright, p, 4-1-1-1, Adams, 3b, 4-1-1-0, Terwilliger, c, 3-0-0-0, Anderson, 2b, 4-1-0-1, Vokes, 1b, 3-0-1-0, Hidinger, ss, 3-0-0-0, Buesink, lf, 3-1-1-0. Totals 32-7-7-2
SHEFFIELD (3): Maddie Fiscus, p, 4-1-0-0, Hoffman, 3b, 3-1-0-0, Mary Fiscus, dp, 3-0-1-0, Vile, 1b, 3-0-1-1, Baldensperger, c, 3-0-0-0, Orinko, rf, 3-0-1-1, Maines, ss, 3-0-0-0, Rockwell, cf, 3-1-1-0, Pollock, 2b, 3-0-0-0. Totals 28-3-4-2
Brockway 110 130 2 – 7 8 0
Sheffield 000 012 0 – 3 4 2
2b-Vile (S), Martino (B), Anderson (B). WP-Wright. LP-Maddie Fiscus.
SHEFFIELD (0): Maddie Fiscus, ss, 2-0-0-0, Hoffman, dp, 1-0-0-0, Mary Fiscus, p, 2-0-1-0, Vile, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Baldensperger, c, 2-0-0-0, Orinko, rf, 1-0-0-0, Knowles, rf, 1-0-1-0, Maines, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Rockwell, cf, 2-0-0-0, Pollock, 2b, 1-0-0-0, Mihalic, 2b, 1-0-0-0. Totals 17-0-2-0
BROCKWAY (10): Esposito, cf, 3-1-1-1, Terwilliger, c, 2-2-1-1, Wright, p, 3-1-1-0, Adams, 3b, 3-0-1-1, Vokes, 1b, 1-2-0-0, Carson, dp, 3-1-2-1, Anderson, 2b, 3-1-0-0, Martino, rf, 1-1-1-0, Buesink, lf, 2-1-0-0. Totals 21-10-7-4
Sheffield 000 00 – 0 2 5
Brockway 160 21 – 10 7 0
WP-Wright. LP-Mary Fiscus.