ERIE - Youngsville battled back to the .500 mark in a big way with an impressive 17-6 victory over Villa Maria Friday in Erie.
Eagles coach Mark Nyquist was pleased with the way his team responded after two consecutive sub-par performances.
"We came out tonight and attacked the ball," said Nyquist. "We ran on them as well and the baserunning was three times better than it was last night. The effort was 100 percent better than last night. If we would've played like this last night (against North East), we would've won that game."
Nyquist moved leftfielder Judi Lewis to the cleanup spot in the order on Friday and Lewis responded, finishing 4-of-5 at the plate with four RBI. Teammate Amber Fox was up to her old tricks, collecting two hits - including a triple - and driving in four runs of her own.
"Judi was outstanding tonight," said Nyquist. "She really hit the ball well. Elise (Dunn) was able to break out of her slump tonight and Amber was Amber. It was a good day for us."
Lewis led the Eagles offensively with four hits. Colleen Rex, Fox and Dunn added two hits each and Katie Gustafson, Kelsey Anderson and Julia Sveda also recorded singles in the victory.
The Eagles (8-8) are back in action Monday when they host Northwestern in a make-up game.
YOUNGSVILLE (17): ab-r-h-rbi: Rex, c, 4-4-2-2, Ke. Cratty, ss, 5-2-0-0, Fox, p, 3-2-2-4, Lewis, lf, 5-1-4-4, Gustafson, 3b, 4-0-1-0, S. Anderson, dp, 4-1-0-0, Dunn, 1b, 4-3-2-0, Jameson, cf, 2-1-0-0, K. Anderson, cf, 1-1-1-1, Sveda, rf, 2-2-1-2, Ka. Cratty, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 34-17-13-13
VILLA MARIA (6): ab-r-h-rbi: Schlosser, dp, 3-2-0, Colish, ss, 4-1-1, Luchen, p, 1-1-1, Nowacki, 2b, 2-1-1, Colt, 3b, 2-1-0, S. Chiodo, lf, 3-0-1, Knight, c, 3-0-0, M. Chiodo, rf, 3-0-0, Mallick, 1b, 0-0-0, Totals: 21-6-4
Youngsville 344 015 - 17 13 2
Villa Maria 210 030 - 6 6 7
2b-Luchen (V). 3b-Fox (Y). WP-Fox. LP-Luchen.
Northwestern 9, Eisenhower 0
General McLane 4, Eisenhower 1
ALBION, EDINBORO - It wasn't a particularly great way to end the week for the Eisenhower softball team with two losses in one road trip on Friday.
The unique doubleheader against Northwestern and General McLane started in Albion at 4 p.m. where the Lady Knights suffered a 9-0 setback to the Wildcats. Additional details from that game, including a box score, were not reported to the Times Observer.
Just a couple of hours later in Edinboro, Eisenhower played a make-up game with General McLane, losing 4-1 to fall to 1-16 on the season.
Eisenhower's lone run was scored in the top of the fourth with the team trailing the Lancers 2-0. Haylie Birt was able to cross the plate to cut the deficit in half, but McLane would tack on two more runs late in the game and cruise to the three-run victory.
The Knights finished the outing with three hits, getting singles from Birt, Kristen Williams and Jessica Byrd.
Eisenhower returns to the diamond Tuesday when it travels to Seneca.
EISENHOWER (1): ab-r-h-rbi: Repke, 1b, 1-0-0-0, Lange, 1b, 1-0-0-0, Schutt, 1b, 2-0-0-0, K. Williams, cf, 3-0-1-0, Birt, p, 3-1-1-0, Stanton, c, 3-0-0-0, D. Williams, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Byrd, ss, 3-0-1-0, Barnett, rf, 3-0-0-0, Maine, lf, 2-0-0-0, Morrison, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 26-1-3-0
GENERAL MCLANE (4): ab-r-h-rbi: Elder, lf, 3-0-0-0, Suprynowicz, p, 4-1-2-1, Clark, c, 4-0-1-0, Wreh-Wilson, 3b, 4-1-0-0, Warner, 1b, 2-0-1-0, Leveto, 2b, 2-0-1-1, Rupp, cf, 3-0-1-0, Weaver, rf, 2-1-0-0, Schaefer, dp, 3-1-2-1, Dowlen, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 27-4-8-3
Eisenhower 000 100 0 - 1 3 4
General McLane 200 110 x - 4 8 1
2b-Warner (G). WP-Suprynowicz. LP-Birt.