SOFTBALL: Dragons shut out Central Tech; Eagles fall short of 3-for-3

The Warren bats remained red-hot on Thursday, and Alexa Bupp had another strong pitching performance, as the Dragons earned their fifth consecutive victory by defeating Central Tech, 12-0, at Hawbaker Field.

After Bupp made quick work of the Falcons batters in the top of the first, the Dragons came out swinging, quickly jumping out to a 3-0 lead.

Kaitlin Ishman led off by driving a 0-2 pitch into the outfield for a triple, and Jaimie Eaton brought her home with an RBI groundout. After Meghan Loutzenhiser was hit by a pitch, Paige Wilson brought her in with a ball that fell between three Central Tech players in shallow centerfield. Erica Blair then ripped a double to bring in the third run of the inning.

Warren did even more damage the next inning, putting up a five-spot. Ishman brought in the first run of the inning with a sacrifice fly, and Bupp later hit a double to make it 5-0. Loutzenhiser was then hit by a pitch for the second time in two innings, and Wilson once again came through with an RBI single. Two more runs would score when Blair hit a high fly ball into left field that was misplayed.

The Dragons then added one more in the third and three in the fifth on long balls. Ishman hit a solo shot with two outs in the third, and Bupp added a three-run shot that ended the game by the 10-run rule in the bottom of the fifth.

Bupp allowed just three baserunners in the game, coming on two singles and a walk. Wilson also made a nice throw from behind the plate to gun out a Falcon attempting to steal second.

“I was pleased with the way we started the game, and we were able to build on it in the second,” Warren coach Mark Bupp said. “We got out of the gate quickly, and that’s what we’ve been working on. And we put an exclamation mark on at the end (with Alexa Bupp’s home run).”

Ishman had another strong game from the leadoff spot, with a triple and home run. Blair finished 2-for-2 with two doubles and three RBI, and Bupp had two extra-base hits and four RBI, while also striking out nine Falcons. Wilson continues to hit well, going 2-for-3.

“(Alexa) settled in,” Bupp said. “She was in control of the game. She’s confident in the group playing behind her, and she feels she can use any pitch at any time.”

Warren (10-1) will be back in action next week when it hosts Strong Vincent on Tuesday followed by a much-anticipated rematch with For LeBoeuf on Thursday. The Bison defeated the Dragons in the District 10 title game a year ago, and are also responsible for the teams only loss so far this season.

CENTRAL TECH (0): Hansen ss 2-0-1-0, Lachica 1b 2-0-0-0, Prenatt cf 2-0-0-0, Morrisey c 1-0-0-0, Szczesny 2b 2-0-1-0, Bowden p 2-0-0-0, Snow rf 2-0-0-0, Fromknecht 3b 2-0-0-0, Peoples lf 1-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-2-0.

WARREN (12): Ishman 2b 3-2-2-2, Eaton ss 3-1-0-1, Bupp p 4-2-2-4, Loutzenhiser 1b 1-2-0-0, Wilson c 3-2-2-2, Munksgard cr 0-0-0-0, Blair rf 2-0-2-3, Mineweaser 3b 2-0-0-0, Lobdell lf 3-1-1-0, Walter cf 3-2-1-0. Totals 24-12-10-12.

Central Tech 000 00 0 2 3

Warren 351 03 12 10 0

2b-Blair (W) 2, Bupp (W). 3b-Ishman (W). HR-Ishman (W), Bupp (W). WP-Bupp. LP-Bowden.

Maplewood 14, Youngsville 0

For Youngsville: third time wasn’t the charm.

Playing their third game in as many days, the Lady Eagles were defeated in a non-region contest against Maplewood by a score of 14-0 Thursday afternoon at Youngsville High School.

“They were tired. It just got to be too many games,” said Youngsville coach Ron Jameson, whose team won back-to-back games against Eisenhower and Sheffield on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Overall the week went great. Two wins and one loss definitely isn’t a bad week.”

Maplewood pitcher Taylor Smith worked five shut out innings for the Tigers, allowing only two hits to Youngsville’s Elyssa Horn and Julia Sveda. The visitors scored in every frame, combining 12 hits with seven Lady Eagles errors.

Youngsville will try to get back in the win column on Monday, when they host Seneca in a non-region game at Youngsville High School.

MAPLEWOOD (14): ab-r-h-rbi: Merritt 3-3-2-1, Benoski 2-1-1-1, Turner 2-1-1-1, Sansom 2-0-1-0, Nicols 2-1-1-0, Hartman 4-2-1-0, Kirk 3-2-2-1, Proudfoot 3-2-1-0, Fultz 3-2-2-4. Totals 24-14-12-8.

YOUNGSVILLE (0): Ken. Cratty 3-0-0-0, Horn 2-0-1-0, Je. Jameson 2-0-0-0, Gustafson 2-0-0-0, Kar. Cratty 2-0-0-0, Gray 1-0-0-0, Sveda 2-0-1-0, Lewis 1-0-0-0, Anderson 1-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-2-0.

Maplewood 131 72 – 14 12 0

Youngsville 000 00 – 0 2 7

3B – Benoski (M). WP – Smith. LP – Gustafson.