Lady Dragons lock up top playoff seed with win

WATERFORD – Warren defeated Fort LeBoeuf on the road, 6-4, to lock up the top seed in the District 10 Class AAA tournament on Thursday.

With their postseason fate settled, the Lady Dragons now have a chance to wrap up at least a share of the Region 7 title with a game against McDowell – the only team to beat them this season.

Thursday was Warren’s second win over LeBoeuf, and much like the first game, the bats started early for the Lady Dragons.

Meghan Loutzenhiser connected on one-out home run in the top of the second inning and Lauren Frazier singled home Megan Wortman to make it a 2-0 advantage.

LeBoeuf got one back in the bottom of the inning, but the Lady Dragons plated three in the third starting with a lead off home run by University of Albany signee Kaitlin Ishman. With two down, Paige Wilson and Loutzenhiser singled and scored on base hits from Wortman and Kathryn Lobdell, respectively.

Warren tacked on one more in the top of the sixth when Kennedy Walter beat out an infield single that scored Alexis Munksgard.

Loutzenhiser moved from her usual position at first base to handle pitching duties for the first six innings to earn the win for Warren. Alexa Bupp came in to strike out the side in the seventh to pick up her first save of the season.

“One of the things we talked about after the game was how everyone contributed,” said Warren coach Mark Bupp. “Meghan threw a good game; she worked out of some jams for us. Defensively, (right fielder) Lauren Frazier and (center fielder) Kathryn Lobdell both made some great plays to end innings and cut their rallies short.”

Loutzenhiser, Wilson, Walter, and Wortman each had two hits to lead the Lady Dragons at the plate.

Warren (13-1, 10-1) hosts Villa Maria in a non-region game Friday at Hawbaker Field.

WARREN (6): Ishman, ss, 3-1-1-1, Walter, 3b, 4-0-2-1, Bupp, 1b, 4-0-0-0, Wilson, c, 3-1-2-0, Loutzenhiser, p, 3-2-2-1, Wortman, 2b, 4-1-2-1, Lobdell, cf, 3-0-0-1, Frazier, rf, 4-0-1-1, Munksgard, lf, 3-1-1-0. Totals 34-6-11-6.

FORT LeBOEUF (4): Kuzma, c, 4-0-2-0, Carroll, ss, 3-0-0-0, J. Young, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Ludwig, 2b, 4-0-2-0, Cass, rf, 4-1-2-0, Brown, 3b, 4-3-2-0, K. Young, cf, 3-0-1-0, Oldach, lf, 4-0-2-3, H. Vorpagel, dp, 2-0-0-0, M. Vorpagel, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 30-4-11-3.

Warren 023 001 0 – 6 11 1

Fort LeBoeuf 010 120 0 – 4 11 0

2B-Wortman (W), Brown (F), Oldach (F). HR-Ishman (W), Loutzenhiser (W). WP-Loutzenhiser. LP-M. Vorpagel.

YOUNGSVILLE 7, ROCKY GROVE 5

ROCKY GROVE-The Youngsville Lady Eagles improved to 4-7 overall with a 7-5 non-region win at Rocky Grove on Thursday.

“We had the timely hits today,” said Youngsville coach Ron Jameson. “The girls hit well with runners on, that’s what won the game for us. We were able to steal some bases and get into scoring position.”

The Lady Eagles racked up seven hits led by Kennedy Cratty’s 2-for-3 day. Jessica Jameson, Elyssa Horn, Katie Gustafson, Halie Gray, and Karissa Cratty each added one.

Horn was the winning pitcher for Youngsville, which hosts Sheffield in another non-region game on Friday.

YOUNGSVILLE (7): ab-r-h: Ke. Cratty 3-2-2, Jameson 3-1-1, Horn 4-0-1, Gustafson 4-1-1, J. Sveda 3-1-0, Gray 3-1-1, Lewis 3-1-0, Ka. Cratty 3-0-1, Ishman 2-0-0, Anderson 0-0-0.

ROCKY GROVE (5): Shull 4-0-1, Deeter 3-2-1, Ditzenberger 5-1-1, Swatzler 4-0-2, Hanna 4-0-1, Phillips 4-0-0, Black 1-1-0, Donovan 4-1-2, Greggs 2-0-0.

Youngsville 020 022 1 – 7 7 3

Rocky Grove 200 101 1 – 5 8 3

WP-Horn. LP-Shull.

FRANKLIN 13, EISENHOWER 3

Despite losing the Region 5 game by the 10-run rule, “for the majority of the this game, we played the best ball we have all year,” said Eisenhower coach R.J. Williams.

With two starters out, Eisenhower hung with 5-3 in-region Franklin, but left 10 runners on base to drop to 0-8 in Region 5.

Kristen Wagner finished 3-for-3 with two RBI in the loss, and Haylie Birt was 2-for-4.

EISENHOWER (3): ab-r-h, Wagner (2b) 3 0 3, Barnett (cf) 4 0 1, Birt (ss) 4 0 2, Courtney (p) 3 0 0, Stanton (c) 1 1 1, Coons (1b) 3 0 0, Schutt (rf) 2 1 1, Zortman (lf) 3 1 0, Milkent (3b) 3 0 1. Totals: 26 3 9.

FRANKLIN (13): Mullen (ss) 5 2 3, Beggs (lf) 4 1 3, Hawke (cf) 2 1 0, Hoover (3b) 4 2 2, Wood (1b) 4 2 1, Haynes (2b) 3 2 1, Peiffer (c) 4 1 1, Perry (rf) 4 1 1, Romanowski (p) 2 0 0, Jolley (lf) 0 0 0, Bell (cr) 0 1 0. Totals: 32 13 12.

Eisenhower 000 003 – 3 9

Franklin 140 026 – 13 12

2b-Beggs (F), Peiffer (F). WP-Romanowski. LP-Courtney.

BROCKWAY 21, SHEFFIELD 5

BROCKWAY 16, SHEFFIELD 1

BROCKWAY – Sheffield falls to 3-9 after a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Brockway on Thursday.

“We hit the ball and went down swinging,” said Sheffield assistant coach Mark Maines. “The games were better than the score indicates.We only K’d four times total, but we didn’t get many out of the infield.

“We again gave extra outs when we had the chance to get out of innings. Maddie Fiscus pitched a solid game one and after second-game starter Clarie Pierson took a line drive off the pitching elbow in first inning, she came in to fill the shoes again.”

Kameron Orinko had three hits on the day for Sheffield.

“We hope to find some mojo tomorrow when we travel to Youngsville,” said Maines.