SOFTBALL: Lady Dragons topple Corry

CORRY – Warren third baseman Taylor Mineweaser may be small in stature, but she’s got some pop in her bat.

The Warren senior belted her first career fence-clearing home run Saturday, providing a season highlight in Warren’s 13th victory of the year – a 4-1 victory over Corry at Corry Area High School.

“That homer was just huge,” said Warren coach Mark Bupp. “She’s been waiting for that for a long time and the entire team was just so happy for her. It was a great moment and a great game for Taylor. She was also very strong at third base for us defensively.”

Warren and Corry have built a nice high school softball rivalry over the past several seasons and the teams played like it early, taking a scoreless tie into the fifth inning. Warren had chances early, but some uncharacteristic miscues kept the game scoreless.

“We left the bases loaded early in the game and ran ourselves out of some good situations,” said Bupp. “Give (Corry) credit. They made plays, but we were very sloppy on the bases.”

Warren (13-1) was able to break through offensively in the fifth inning. Kennedy Walter led off the inning with a single and quickly scored on Jaimie Eaton’s RBI triple. Eaton was pushed home by Alexa Bupp’s run-scoring hit and Paige Wilson collected her 28th RBI of the season with a single that scored Bupp and made it 3-0.

In the sixth, Mineweaser shook off an 0-for-3 start to the day and sent a Corry pitch screaming over the fence to push the gap to four runs.

Bupp was masterful in the circle, pitching all seven innings and allowing just one run on one hit while striking out five. Her only blemish was a homer surrendered to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning.

Coach Bupp, who won his 100th career game on Saturday, remains pleased with the way his team plays as the postseason draws closer.

“Corry is a quality opponent and they won their region title this year as well,” said Bupp. “I’m very happy with the way the kids are playing defensively. There are some areas we need to clean up, but overall I’m pleased with the effort. I feel like this is a game we can build on.”

The Dragons return to the diamond Tuesday, visiting McDowell.

Warren was an 11-8 winner in the junior varsity game. Sierra Wees homered and Chloe Meddaugh tripled for the winners.