SOFTBALL: With big win, Lady Eagles move to 3-1 in Region 5; One-hit win for Lady Dragons

One big inning led to one big win.

Youngsville scored 10 sixth-inning runs, erasing a 5-0 deficit and holding on a for a huge 10-9 victory over talented Iroquois Thursday at Youngsville High School.

“We’re ready to get back out there already,” said Youngsville coach Ron Jameson. “A win like this has us feeling like we can play with anybody. We’re 3-1 in the region now and that’s big. I’m just very proud of these girls.”

Things didn’t appear to be going the Eagles’ way as the Braves built a 5-0 lead through five and a half innings.

All that changed in the blink of an eye.

The bottom of the sixth started innocently enough with Kennedy Cratty and Elyssa Horn working walks to start the inning. Jessica Jameson then got Youngsville on the board with an RBI single and Katie Gustafson worked a walk to load the bases.

The hits kept on coming.

Karissa Cratty and Haley Gray hit back-to-back singles and Julia Sveda ripped a liner off the pitcher to score Gustafson and cut the margin to 5-4. Kelsey Anderson tied the game with an RBI single and Kennedy Cratty put Youngsville up with a two-run double.

Before the inning was over, Anderson had scored on a passed ball, Jameson had her second RBI hit of the frame and Gustafson hit a run-scoring sacrifice fly.

Now leading 10-5, the Lady Eagles had to sweat things out in the final inning. The Braves scored four runs to get within one and had the tying run on second when Anderson made a game-saving play at first base. Anderson knocked down a screaming liner down the first-base line and touched first for the final out to preserve the victory.

Kennedy Cratty was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI and Gray and Jameson also rapped two hits apiece.

Youngsville (3-4, 3-1) returns to action Monday when they visit Eisenhower.

IROQUOIS (9): Cabaday, 2b, 5-2-1, H. Tombaugh, 1b, 5-1-2, Ragen, p, 5-0-1, Johnson, lf, 5-1-1, Kaliewski, ss, 3-0-1, Maehn, rf, 4-1-3, Hatton, c, 4-1-1, Finotti, 3b, 3-2-2, Canavan, cf, 4-1-1, Totals: 38-9-13

YOUNGSVILLE (10): Ke. Cratty, ss, 3-2-3-2, Horn, p, 2-2-0-0, Je. Jameson, cf, 3-1-2-2, Gustafson, 3b, 1-1-0-1, Ka. Cratty, 2b, 3-0-1-1, Gray, rf, 3-1-2-1, Sveda, lf, 3-1-1-1, Lewis, c, 2-1-0-0, Anderson, 1b, 3-1-1-1, Ju. Jameson, ph, 1-0-0-0, Totals: 24-10-10-9

Iroquois 110 210 4 – 9 13

Youngsville 000 00(10) x – 10 9

2b-Je. Jameson (Y), Ke. Cratty (Y). 3b-Tombaugh (I). WP-Horn. LP-Ragen.

Warren 13, Mercyhurst Prep 0

ERIE – Warren won its third straight game in dominant fashion Thursday afternoon, improving to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in Region 7 with a 13-0 win over Mercyhurst Prep. The Lady Dragons nearly picked up their third straight no-hitter courtesy of Alexa Bupp, who allowed one hit in six inning of work, while striking out 12 Lakers’ batters.

“I’m proud of our kids,” said Warren coach Mark Bupp. “It took us a while to get things going, making our third trip to Erie in four days. We got some runs on the board in the third and fourth inning and the girls were able to build on that.”

Already holding a 5-0 lead, the Warren bats exploded for eight runs in the top of the sixth. Jaimie Eaton hit a one-out single to set up Bupp, who connected on her fourth home run of the season to make it a seven run lead.

With two down in the inning, Taylor Mineweaser singled home Meghan Loutzenhiser and courtesy runner Alexis Munksgard – running for catcher Paige Wilson – before Kathryn Lobdell notched her second triple of the game and scored on a Mercyhurst Prep error.

Kennedy Walter, Kaitlin Ishman, and Eaton all singled to load the bases again, and Bupp cashed in two more for the Lady Dragons before the Lakers threw out Eaton at third to stop the bleeding.

Bupp finished the game going 4-for-5 with four runs batted in, Ishman was 3-for-4, Eaton 3-for-5, Lobdell 3-for-4, and Mineweaser 2-for-3 with three RBI in addition to playing a “great defensive game” at third base.

The Lady Dragons will look to stay in the win column on Monday, when they welcome Corry for a non-region game at Hawbaker Field at the Farm Colony in North Warren.

MERCYHURST PREP (0): Skarupski, lf, 3-0-0-0, Wawrzyniak, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Czerwinski, cf, 1-0-0-0, Wojnarowski, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Barballe, c, 2-0-0-0, Breski, p, 2-0-0-0, Lutherbaugh, ss, 1-0-0-0, Zamiroski, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Bielanin, rf, 2-0-0-0. Totals 19-0-1-0.

WARREN (13): Ishman, 2b, 4-3-3-0, Eaton, ss, 5-1-3-1, Bupp, p, 5-1-4-4, Loutzenhiser, 1b, 3-1-0-1, Wilson, c, 4-1-1-0, Munksgard, cr, 0-0-0-0, Blair, rf, 4-1-1-0, Mineweaser, 3b, 3-2-2-3, Lobdell, lf, 4-2-3-2, Walter, cf, 4-1-1-2. Totals 36-13-18-13.

Mercyhurst Prep 000 000 – 0 1 7

Warren 001 318 – 13 18 0

3B – Ishman (W), Lobdell (W) 2. HR – Bupp (W). WP – Bupp. LP – Breski.

Titusville 18, Ike 6

Titusville’s powerful offensive attack was too much for Eisenhower to overcome Thursday as the Rockets handed the Knights an 18-6 setback at Eisenhower High School.

The Rockets struck for four runs in each of the first two innings and delivered a knockout blow in the fourth with an eight-run inning. That outburst came with the game still in question and the Knights trailing just 8-5.

Until that fourth inning, Eisenhower was doing its best to slug it out with the Rockets. The bat of Emily McJunkin was a big reason for that. McJunkin knocked in two runs in the second inning with a double and plated two more in the third on an RBI triple. Also in the third, Natasha Morrison brought home a run.

The Knights last run came in the fifth inning when Kristen Wagner delivered an RBI groundout.

McJunkin finished the game with two hits and a team-high four RBI. Ashley Barnett also had two hits in the loss.

Eisenhower (1-6) will try to up its win total Friday when it welcomes Sheffield to Eisenhower High School.

TITUSVILLE (18): Grosch, p, 4-4-4, Johnson, 2b, 4-1-2, Clark, c, 3-3-2, Bowser, 1b, 3-2-1, Neely, ss, 2-2-2, Donovan, dp, 3-1-0, Tingley, 3b, 3-2-0, VanderVort, cf, 4-1-1, Garnett, lf, 4-2-2, Fultz, rf, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 30-18-14

EISENHOWER (6): Birt, ss, 3-0-0-0, Williams, 2b, 3-0-1-0, Stanton, c, 3-2-1-0, Barnett, cf, 3-2-2-0, Wagner, 3b, 3-1-1-1, Morrison, 1b, 2-1-0-1, McJunkin, p, 3-0-2-4, Trumbull, lf, 3-0-0-0, Schutt, dp, 2-0-0-0, Lange, rf, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 24-6-7-5

Titusville 440 82 – 18 14 1

Eisenhower 023 01 – 6 7 5

2b-Grosch (T) 3, VanderVort (T), Garnett (T), Barnett (E), Wagner (E), McJunkin (E). 3b-Clark (T), McJunkin (E). HR-Bowser (T). WP-Grosch. LP-McJunkin.