Lady Dragons clinch share of region title
Alexa Bupp’s final home start of her high school career was exactly what Warren fans have come to expect.
The senior pitcher threw a two-hit shutout and registered 18 strikeouts, leading her team to a 4-0 Region 7 victory over McDowell on Wednesday at Hawbaker Field on Senior Day.
The victory avenged the only loss of the season for the Lady Dragons – a 4-1 loss to the Trojans on April 10 – and gave them a share of first place in the region at 11-1, and 14-1 overall.
Bupp was strong throughout the game, allowing singles in the first and seventh innings, and did not walk a batter. The Dragon defense was solid as well behind Bupp.
The game was scoreless through three-and-a-half innings before the Warren offense broke through. After Kennedy Walter singled through the left side, Bupp helped her own cause by smashing a double to the left field fence that scored Walter. Bupp then advanced to third on a Meghan Loutzenhiser double, and scored on a wild pitch. Loutzenhiser would later score when Megan Wortman’s fly ball to right field was misplayed.
A Paige Wilson RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth added another insurance run for the Lady Dragons, and gave Bupp more than enough breathing room. Bupp got some help defensively in the top of the seventh when senior shortstop Kaitlin Ishman made a tough catch in foul territory.
“I’m very proud and happy for our seniors,” Warren coach Mark Bupp said. “Alexa had a great effort, especially for Senior Day. The kids made good choices and did the little things right. We capitalized on McDowell’s mistakes. Those are the type of things you really like to see at this time of year.”
Bupp led the Dragon charge offensively, going two-for-two with a pair of doubles. Ishman doubled for Warren as well.
The Lady Dragons will return to action on Saturday, when they face Iroquois and Saegertown in a, sort of, double header. The Dragon varsity plays at Iroquois at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the J.V. Then the varsity plays Saegertown at 5 p.m. at Penn State Behrend.
Sierra Wees was 3-for-3 with a double and triple, and Meghan Loutzenhiser struck out 10 in relief and added two hits, in Warren’s junior varsity win.
McDOWELL (0): Fuller, CF, 3-0-1-0, Timtano, SS, 3-0-0-0, Flagg, LF, 3-0-0-0, Pecar, 1B, 3-0-1-0, Baker, C, 3-0-0-0, Lojewski, 3B, 3-0-0-0, Ackman, DH, 2-0-0-0, Kolb, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Krane, RF, 2-0-0-0, Kraus, P, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 24-0-2-0.
WARREN (4): Ishman, SS, 3-1-1-0, Walter, 3B, 3-1-1-1, Bupp, P, 2-1-2-1, Wilson, C, 3-0-0-1, Me. Loutzenhiser, 1B, 3-1-1-0, Wortman, 2B, 3-0-0-0, Lobdell, CF, 2-0-0-0, Frazier, RF, 3-0-1-0, Munksgard 3-0-0-0. Totals: 25-4-6-3.
McDowell 000 000 0 – 0 2 2
Warren 000 310 x – 4 6 2
2b-Ishman (W), Bupp (W) 2, Loutzenhiser (W). WP-Bupp, LP-Kraus
Junior varsity game
McDowell 210 000 1 – 4 5
Warren 112 100 x – 5 7
2b-M. Carson (M), Summer Rosendahl (W), Megan Wortman (W), Sierra Wees (W), Meghan Loutzenhiser (W). 3b-M. Carson (M), Wees (W). WP-Me. Loutzenhiser. LP-Fachetti.