SOFTBALL: Lady Dragons clinch share of region crown

ERIE – It took two days and eight innings, but Warren has at least a share of the Region 7 title.

The Lady Dragons returned to McDowell on Wednesday to finish Tuesday’s game that was suspended due to weather, and defeated the Lady Trojans, 3-0, in extra innings to clinch at least half of the region crown.

“I give our kids credit,” said Warren coach Mark Bupp. “They battled through 43-degree weather and rain yesterday, got back on the bus, and went out and got the win today.”

After seven scoreless innings, the Warren bats broke through in the eighth when center fielder Kennedy Walter led off with a single. Walter advanced to third and Kaitlin Ishman was safe at first when her bunt attempt was thrown away by the Trojans, setting up senior short stop Jaimie Eaton to single in the first run of the game.

Eaton then stole second, putting two runners in scoring position for Meghan Loutzenhiser, who came through with her second double of the game to score both runners. Three quick outs in the bottom half of the inning were all the Lady Dragons needed to wrap up the win and improve to 14-1 overall and 11-1 in Region 7. Warren split with Fort LeBoeuf during the regular season and is tied in the loss column in the region. Both will be in the District 10 Class AAA playoffs beginning next week.

“Meghan (Loutzenhiser) is one of the hardest-working kids in practice. It’s good to see her being rewarded with clutch hits these last couple games. Her effort is really paying off,” said Bupp. “Kennedy Walter is doing a great job at the bottom of our order setting up for the top batters. She was a catalyst for our big inning.”

Loutzenhiser’s two hits and two RBI led the Warren offense, while Eaton, Walter, and Paige Wilson had one hit each in the win. Erica Blair had four putouts in right field, and Loutzenhiser had three at first base.

Alexa Bupp pitched four innings Tuesday and four more on Wednesday to earn the complete-game victory in the circle. The junior struck out 12 McDowell batters and allowed just one hit in her eight innings of work.

The Lady Trojans will now turn from foe to friend for Warren, as a McDowell win against Fort Leboeuf could give the Lady Dragons sole possesion of first place in Region 7.

Warren will be back on the road Saturday, traveling to Iroquois High School for a non-region contest with the Braves.

The Lady Dragons were defeated in the junior varsity game against McDowell, 2-0.

WARREN (3): ab-r-h-rbi: Ishman, 2b, 4-1-0-0, Eaton, ss, 3-1-1-1, Bupp, p, 3-0-0-0, Loutzenhiser, 1b, 3-0-2-2, Wilson, c, 4-0-1-0, Blair, rf, 4-0-0-0, Mineweaser, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Lobdell, lf, 2-0-0-0, Walter, cf, 3-1-1-0. Totals 29-3-5-3.

McDOWELL (0): Flagg, rf, 4-0-0-0, Fuller, cf, 3-0-0-0, Carone, c, 3-0-0-0, Kolb, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Hewett, p, 3-0-0-0, Pecar, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Ackman, dp, 2-0-0-0, Burns, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Krahe, lf, 3-0-0-0, Timpano, ss, 0-0-0-0. Totals 26-0-1-0.

Warren 000 000 03 – 3 5 1

McDowell 000 000 00 – 0 1 1

2B – Loutsenhizer (W) 2. WP-Bupp. LP-Hewett.

Franklin 9, Youngsville 0

Youngsville’s softball season came to an end on Wednesday, as the Eagles fell to Franklin, 9-0, at Youngsville High School.

The game was started late last week, but was suspended with the Eagles trailing 7-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth due to inclement weather.

It didn’t take long for the Knights to finish things off, as they shut down the Youngsville bats, and added two more runs in the top of the seventh to seal the deal.

Youngsville recorded seven hits in the game on six singles and a double from Karissa Cratty. Jessica Jameson was the lone Eagle to finish with a multi-hit game, registering two singles.

Freshman Elyssa Horn started and took the loss for Youngsville, while recording two strikeouts. The defense behind her struggled to help, committing five errors.

For the Eagles, it was a unique situation preparing for a game that was already halfway to completion.

“It’s hard,” Youngsville coach Ron Jameson said. “We really didn’t do anything differently (this time around). We just hit the ball right at them. We can’t get the timely hits.”

The Eagles finish out their season with a 5-9 overall record, along with a 4-6 mark in Region 5 play.

FRANKLIN (9): Wood, 1b, 4-1-1-0, Beggs, cf, 4-2-1-0, Hoover, 3b, 3-2-3-1, Peiffer, c, 3-2-2-3, Rice, 2b, 4-0-1-0, Mullen, ss, 3-1-2-2, Romanowski, p, 4-0-1-1, Johnson, lf, 3-1-1-0, Andrews, rf, 4-0-0-0. Totals 32-9-12-7

YOUNGSVILLE (0): Kennedy Cratty, ss, 3-0-1-0, Horn, p, 2-0-0-0, Jameson, cf, 3-0-2-0, Gustafson, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Karissa Cratty, 2b, 3-0-1-0, Gray, rf, 3-0-1-0, Sveda, lf, 3-0-1-0, Lewis, c, 3-0-0-0, Anderson, 1b, 3-0-0-0. Totals 26-0-7-0

Franklin 103 300 2 – 9 12 2

Youngsville 000 000 0 – 0 7 5

2b-Karissa Cratty (Y). HR-Peiffer (F). WP-Romanowski. LP-Horn.