The Eisenhower Lady Knights haven't been outside much so far this season, but looked much-improved in their second game of the season - a 4-3 loss to visiting Iroquois on Thursday afternoon at Eisenhower High School.
The Braves jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a disputed home run.
Things would stay scoreless until the fifth when Eisenhower loaded the bases for Brooke Stanton, who shot a ball over the leftfielder's head to clear the bases and give the Knights a 3-1 lead.
Photo courtesy of Denny Kyser
Ike’s Lauren Sherry is bunted to second during a 4-3 loss to Iroquois on Thursday at Eisenhower High School. See page B-1.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Sheffield runner Hannah Vile collides with the Brockway first baseman after hitting an infield grounder during Thursday’s softball game at Hawbaker Field in North Warren. Vile was called out on the play by umpire Jan Garrett, right, and the Wolverines were defeated 13-0 in game one of the doubleheader.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Sheffield’s Ashley Barr prepares to throw to first after fielding a groundball during Thursday’s softball game with Brockway at Hawbaker Field. Brockway won the opener of the doubleheader, 13-0.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Single for Steffan
Sheffield’s Kristie Steffan rips a single to shallow center during the sixth inning of a softball game with Brockway Thursday at Hawbaker Field. Steffan had one of Sheffield’s five hits in the opener of the doubleheader, but the Rovers won 13-0.
However, Iroquois got right back on the board, tying the game with a two spot in the sixth. The Braves were able to tack a run on in the top of the seventh that they were able to make stand as the winning run, shutting Eisenhower down in the bottom of the frame.
Taylor Ward was the tough-luck loser, striking out seven in the complete game effort for the Knights.
Even in the loss, Ike head coach R.J. Williams was pleased with how his team played.
"It kind of felt like we let this one slip away," he said. "It was just a matter of a couple of breaks either way. We showed a little more competitiveness."
Weather permitting, the Knights are at North East on Friday and then at Seneca Saturday.
IROQUOIS (4): Cooper, 2b, 4-0-1-0, Hatton, c, 4-1-1-1, Tombaugh, 1b, 4-2-2-1, Martin, p, 1-0-0-0, Johnson, lf, 3-0-0-0, Cabaday, ss, 3-0-1-2, Linnay, cf, 3-0-1-0, Ragen, dp, 3-1-1-0, Hattern, rf, 3-0-1-0, Knotts, flex, 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-4-8-4.
EISENHOWER (3): Repke, cf, 3-0-0-0, Byrd, ss, 3-0-0-0, Ward, p, 3-0-1-0, Dinger, lf, 3-0-0-0, Sherry, 1b, 3-1-1-0, Barnett, rf, 2-1-1-0, Van Ord, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Arford, 3b, 3-0-0-1, Stanton, c, 2-0-1-2. Totals: 25-3-5-3.
Iroquois 100 002 1 - 4 8 3
Eisenhower 000 030 0 - 3 5 0
2b-Linnay (I), Ragen (I). Stanton (E). HR-Tombaugh (I). WP-Martin. LP-Ward.
Junior varsity game
Iroquois 241 000 3 - 10 7 3
Eisenhower 001 020 0 - 3 4 5
2b-Gabrielle Cummings (E). WP-Ragen. LP-Morrison.
North East 5, Youngsville 3
Youngsville coach Mark Nyquist hates losing bad enough.
It's even worse when he feels like his team gave away a win.
That was the case Thursday as the Eagles dropped to 1-1 after a 5-3 loss to North East at Youngsville High School.
"We gave it away, plain and simple," said Nyquist. "I'm not disappointed with the effort. I'm just very unhappy with how flat we were after the first inning. We made four errors during the game and all were extremely costly."
Youngsville looked to be sitting pretty after jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Shelby Anderson knocked in two runs with an RBI single and Nicole Ciukaj's fielder's choice plated a third run.
However, North East would rally and tie the game at 3-3 after six innings. In the seventh inning, a Youngsville error helped set up a North East home run that put the Grapepickers up 5-3.
In the bottom of the seventh, Colleen Rex led off with a double, but was tagged out trying to advance to third on a Jessica Jameson hit. Moments later, Jameson was caught stealing for the second out. Amber Fox followed with a screaming single that may have tied the game had it not been for the earlier baserunning outs.
Rex finished the game with two doubles and three hits overall. Anderson added two hits and Fox and Elise Dunn both singled.
Youngsville hopes to rebound from the tough loss Friday when it visits Iroquois.
NORTH EAST (5): Prather, 3b, 3-2-2, Klenz, ss, 4-0-0, Gregory, cf, 3-1-1, Hecht, dp, 4-0-2, Burns, lf, 4-0-1, Rizzo, 2b, 4-1-0, Miller, p, 2-1-1, Elkhorn, rf, 3-0-1, Snyder, c, 3-0-0, Totals: 30-5-8
YOUNGSVILLE (3): Rex, c, 4-1-3-0, Jameson, cf, 4-0-0-0, Fox, ss, 3-1-1-0, Ciukaj, p, 4-1-0-1, Dunn, 1b, 3-0-1-0, S. Anderson, 3b, 3-0-2-2, Gustafson, rf, 2-0-0-0, K. Anderson, 2b, 1-0-0-0, Darling, ph, 1-0-0-0, Nelson, lf, 3-0-0-0, Totals: 28-3-7-3
North East 010 011 2 - 5 8 0
Youngsville 300 000 0 - 3 7 4
2b-Colleen Rex (Y) 2. HR-Miller (N). WP-Miller. LP-Ciukaj.
Junior varsity game: North East 15, Youngsville 5
Brockway 13, Sheffield 0
Brockway 16, Sheffield 1
Sheffield suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Brockway Thursday while playing a home twinbill on the road.
With the field at Sheffield High School unplayable, the Lady Wolverines played on Warren's home field of Hawbaker and suffered a pair of setbacks, 13-0 and 16-1.
Sheffield actually played well in the opener as the teams were tied at 0-0 through the first three innings. However, in the fourth, the Rovers took advantage of some unearned runs and forged ahead 5-0.
The visitors were in full control from there and cruised to the finish line.
Erin Fry had two hits for Sheffield in the opener while Kerrin Swartz, Hannah Vile and Kristie Steffan all added one hit apiece.
Brockway continued its dominance in the second game, picking up a 16-1 victory in three innings. Vile had the team's lone hit in the second game of the doubleheader.
Sheffield (0-3) will try to earn its first win of the season Saturday when they visit Curwensville for a doubleheader.
BROCKWAY (13): Wright, p, 4-3-1, Hawkins, lf, 4-2-1, Sabatose, 2b, 4-1-2, S. Brosky, c, 5-1-1, Vokes, 1b, 5-0-1, Moyer, lf, 4-2-1, J. Brosky, 3b, 3-2-2, Crawford, lf, 4-2-2, Gilyard, ss, 4-0-2, Totals: 37-13-13
SHEFFIELD (0): Swartz, c, 3-0-1-0, J. Barr, lf, 3-0-0-0, Vile, 1b, 3-0-1-0, Steffan, ss, 3-0-1-0, Moldovan, p, 3-0-0-0, Hoffman, 3b, 3-0-0-0, A. Barr, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Fry, cf, 3-0-2-0, Pollock, rf, 3-0-0-0, Totals: 26-0-5-0
Brockway 000 502 6 - 13 13
Sheffield 000 000 0 - 0 5
2b-Sabatose (B). WP-Wright. LP-Moldovan.
BROCKWAY (16): Wright, p, 0-2-0, Hawkins, lf, 4-1-0, Sabatose, 2b, 4-3-4, S. Brosky, c, 2-2-1, Vokes, 1b, 1-2-1, Moyer, cf, 1-1-0, J. Brosky, 2b, 0-1-0, Crawford, rf, 1-1-0, Gilyard, ss, 1-1-1, Johnson, p, 1-0-0, Bart, cf, 0-1-0, Horner, 3b, 2-1-0, Carlson, ss, 1-0-0, Totals: 18-16-7
SHEFFIELD (1): Fry, cf, 1-0-0-0, Swartz, c, 2-0-0-0, Vile, p, 1-0-1-0, Steffan, ss, 1-0-0-0, J. Barr, 1b, 1-0-0-0, Hoffman, 3b, 1-0-0-0, A. Barr, 2b, 1-0-0-0, Baldensperger, lf, 1-0-0-0, Summers, rf, 1-0-0-0, Totals: 10-0-1-0
Brockway (10)06 - 16 7
Sheffield 100 - 1 1
2b-Sabatose (B), Vokes (B). WP-Wright. LP-Vile.
East Forest 15, TCCS 4
Tidioute Charter played to a 22-21 loss against East Forest in its season opener, but couldn't get the bats going on Thursday.
Loralee Lindemuth had three of Tidioute's eight hits and two RBI, but the Lady Bulldogs committed six errors to drop to 0-2 on the season.
EAST FOREST (15): Harriger ss 5-3-2, McLaughlin p 5-1-2, Kahle c 4-1-0, Ellis 1b 3-2-2, Armstrong 3b 2-2-2, Farren lf 4-1-2, King 2b 3-0-0, Sekera ph 0-1-0, Motter cf 4-1-1, Minich dp 2-2-0, Schill rf 0-0-0. Totals
TCCS (4): Shields ss 3-1-0, Hallas 1b 3-2-0, York p 3-1-1, L. Lindemuth 3b 3-0-3, A. Lindemuth c 3-0-1, Wolford c 1-0-1, Lester lf 4-0-1, Buckley cf 3-0-0, Sonney cf 0-0-0, Johnson rf 0-0-0, Tyler rf 0-0-0, Kitelinger 2b 3-0-1.
East Forest 402 306- 15 9 1
TCCS 001 201- 4 8 6
2b-McLaughlin (E), Harriger (E). 3b-Ellis (E), Farren (E). WP-McLaughlin. LP-York.