Eisenhower jumped out to an 8-0 lead after the top of the first en route to a 19-2 win over Tidioute Charter in Tidioute on Thursday afternoon.
All nine Knights in the starting line up scored runs and eight of nine recorded hits in the contest. Tidioute committed five errors that just added to the Knights' rout.
Down 10-0, Tidioute was able to manufacture two runs, one of which scored on an error. The other run scored on a bases loaded walk by Amanda Burris. However, in the top of the fourth, Eisenhower would remove all doubt, sending 14 ladies to the plate for nine runs.
Times Observer photos by Allen Seybert
Up with it
Above, Youngsville shortstop Amber Fox prepares to fire across the diamond after fielding a ground ball during a softball game with Northwestern Thursday at Youngsville High School.
Kelsey Repke paced the Knights with three hits in four trips to the place. Repke and Van Ord each scored three runs. Taylor Ward also chipped in with two hits and two runs and Lauren Sherry, Ashley Barnett, Brooke Stanton, Rachel Dinger, and Lyndsey Arford each scored twice. Van Ord drove in a team high three runs.
Ward was the winner for the Knights, striking out seven in the complete game, allowing just one hit, a single by Patricia Shields.
"The girls stayed disciplined at the place," said Ike coach R.J. Williams, whose Knights are 1-3 overall. The Knights have six games to make up and will need to play 15 games in 24 days to complete the season. They will play, weather permitting, three games next week with the first two being on Tuesday at Youngsville and then on Thursday at home versus Villa Maria. Tidioute (0-3) travels to Venango Catholic on Tuesday.
EISENHOWER (19): Repke, cf, 4-3-3-2, Byrd, ss, 5-1-1-1, Ward, p, 3-2-2-2, Sherry, 1b, 1-2-0-1, Barnett, rf, 2-2-0-0, Van Ord2b, 2-3-1-3, Stanton,c, 4-2-1-2, Bradish, pr, 0-0-0-0, Dinger, lf, 3-2-1-1, Cummings, lf, 0-0-0-0, Arford, 3b, 2-2-0-0. Totals; 26-19-9-13.
TIDIOUTE: (2) York, p-1b, 2-1-0-0, Shields, c, 2-0-1-0, Hallas, 1b-p, 2-0-0-0, Lindemuth, 3b, 1-0-0-0, Lester, ss, 2-0-0-0, Buckley, cf, 2-0-0-0, Johnson, lf, 10-0-0, A. Lindemuth, lf, 0-0-0-0, Burris, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Kitelinger, rf, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 14-2-1-1.
Eisenhower 820 9 - 19 9 1
Tidioute 002 0 - 2 1 5
3b-Repke (E), Stanton (E). WP - Ward. LP - York.
McDowell 6, Warren 5
ERIE - Warren spotted McDowell a 6-0 lead before a furious late inning rally came up just short in a 6-5 loss to the Trojans on Thursday.
It was Warren's third close loss in as many games this season.
"I told the girls after the game that I was proud of the way they battled back," said Warren coach Mark Bupp. "We had a chance to tie it in the end and we have done that in each game this season. We're close. We just have to find a way to get over that hump going forward."
Things looked gloomy for the winless Dragons after the first four innings as powerful McDowell scored six times in building a big lead.
In the fifth, Warren began to cut into the margin.
Alexa Bupp stared the fifth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jaimie Eaton. Moments later, freshman Kaitlin Ishman brought home her classmate with a double that made it 6-1. Ishman later scored on an RBI single by Shannon Moyer.
The score stood 6-2 until the seventh inning when Warren made one last effort at pulling out the win. Again, Bupp started the rally with a double and she would move to third on a passed ball. Erica Blair then drew a walk and attempted to steal second. The throw was misplayed, allowing Bupp to score from third and close the gap to 6-3.
With Blair on second, Ishman singled and Kiera Elicker came to bat representing the tying run. Elicker delivered with a two-run single that made it 6-5 and put the tying run on base. Elicker was then replaced by courtesy runner Taylor Mineweaser.
Rachel Hasselman followed that with a two-out walk, but the game ended during the next at-bat. Sam Bevevino was the batter and grounded to shortstop where Mineweaser came in contact with the McDowell fielder. Runner interference was called and the game ended with the Dragons trailing 6-5.
Ishman, Bupp and Hasselman all had two hits in defeat, including one double apiece.
Warren's junior varsity team was an 11-0 winner. Bupp and Ishman tripled in the win.
Warren (0-3) returns to action Tuesday, hosting Harbor Creek.
WARREN (5): Eaton, ss, 3-0-0-0, Ishman, 2b, 3-2-2-1, Moyer, cf, 4-0-1-1, Elicker, p, 4-0-1-2, Hasselman, 1b, 4-0-2-0, Bevevino, 3b, 4-0-0-0, Hultquist, rf, 3-0-0-0, Bupp, dp, 3-2-2-0, Blair, lf, 2-1-1-0, Williams, c, 0-0-0-0, Mineweaser, cr, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 30-5-8-4
McDOWELL (6): Rohan, cf, 3-0-0-1, Loder, dp, 4-1-1-1, Burns, rf, 2-1-0-1, Pagano, 1b, 3-1-2-0, Bailey, c, 2-0-1-1, Segar, 2b, 3-0-1-1, Samluck, ss, 3-1-1-0, Russell, p, 3-1-1-1, Golembiewski, lf, 2-1-0-0, Baltes, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 25-6-7-6
Warren 000 020 3 - 5 8
McDowell 200 400 x - 6 7
2b-Ishman (W), Hasselman (W), Bupp (W), Loder (M), Pagano (M), Samluck (M). WP-Russell. LP-Elicker.
Junior varsity game
Warren 010 28 - 11 10
McDowell 000 00 - 0 4
2b-Kolb (W), Carrone (M), Hewitt (M). 3b-Ishman (W), Bupp (W). WP-Bupp. LP-Hewitt.
Northwestern 22, Youngsville 2
In all his years of coaching, Youngsville's Mark Nyquist has never had a team suffer a loss like this.
Northwestern smacked the ball early and often, sending the Eagles to 1-3 with a 22-2 victory Thursday at Youngsville High School.
"They just hit the ball well," said Nyquist. "Right now, (Northwestern) is just a better team than we are. I don't think they are 20 runs better than us, but today they were. We just have to put this game behind us and move on."
The Eagles' bad luck started early in the contest. Youngsville loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning with nobody out, but were unable to score. Northwestern would go on to score four quick runs and take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the third.
From there, Youngsville appeared to be getting back into the game as Nicole Ciukaj belted a two-run double that made it 4-2.
That was the end of the good news for the Eagles.
The Wildcats would score four runs in the fourth and 14 more in the fifth, belting five home runs along the way.
The home team ended with five hits - one apiece from Ciukaj, Colleen Rex, Jessica Jameson, Amber Fox and Kelsey Anderson.
Youngsville hosts Eisenhower Thursday in a game with early season playoff implications.
NORTHWESTERN (22): Snyder, ss, 5-2-2, Thomas, c, 5-3-2, Markovich, 1b, 5-3-3, Bishop, p, 5-3-5, Brockett, 3b, 4-1-2, Braden, 2b, 3-1-0, Bibby, rf, 5-3-5, Liocano, cf, 3-2-1, Campbell, lf, 3-4-3, Totals: 38-22-23
YOUNGSVILLE (2): Rex, c, 3-0-1-0, Jameson, cf, 2-1-1-0, Fox, ss, 1-1-1-0, Ciukaj, p, 3-0-1-2, Dunn, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Anderson, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Darling, rf, 2-0-0-0, Lewis, lf, 2-0-0-0, K. Anderson, 2b, 2-0-1-0, Totals: 21-2-5-2
Northwestern 022 4(14) - 22 23
Youngsville 002 00 - 2 5
2b-Thomas (N), Ciukaj (Y), Brockett (N). HR-Snyder (N), Markovich (N), Bishop (N), Liocano (N), Campbell (N). WP-Bishop. LP-Ciukaj.
Junior varsity game: Northwestern 22, Youngsville 5