Kristin Hultquist and Kaitlin Ishman provided an offensive spark and the Warren Dragons moved one step closer to a share of the Region 6 championship with a dominating 11-1 victory over Strong Vincent Tuesday at Hawbaker Field.
On Senior Day, the senior Hultquist was 3-for-4 with four RBI and Ishman gave the Dragons the lead for good in their very first at-bat of the game. Ishman led things off with the first of her two home runs and the super sophomore now has nine long balls on the season.
"Kat has obviously been hitting the ball very hard all season," said Warren coach Mark Bupp. "She and Kristin were our offensive sparks today. Kristin has been gradually getting stronger all season and she is heating up at the right time. It was great to see her have such a strong performance on Senior Day."
Photo by Deny Kyser
Warren first baseman Rachel Hasselman tags out a Strong Vincent runner in the Lady Dragons’ 11-1 win on Tuesday at Hawbaker Field. In addition to senior recognition day, the Lady Dragons hosted Softball Appreciation Day, attended by dozens of Little League softball players.
Times Observer photo by Jon Sitler
Warren pitcher Alexa Bupp fires toward the plate in an 11-1 win over Strong Vincent on Tuesday at Hawbaker Field.
Times Observer photo by Jon Sitler
Warren’s Erica Blair lays off a low pitch during the Lady Dragons’s 11-1 win over Strong Vincent on Tuesday at Hawbaker Field.
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Home sweet home run
Warren’s Kaitlin Ishman circles the bases — with a smile — after her eighth home run of the season on Tuesday. She would also blast her ninth in an 11-1 win over Strong Vincent at Hawbaker Field.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
Sheffield’s Rachel Maines fouls off a ball during game one of their Tuesday doubleheader against Kane. The Wolverines fell in both games and return to action today against Ridgway.
Times Observer photo by Jonathan McAfoos
Sheffield pitcher Maddie Fiscus delivers a pitch to a Kane opponent during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Fiscus started both games for the Wolverines, who are back in action today against Ridgway.
Ishman's first-inning homer was part of a two-run opening inning, but Vincent closed the gap to 2-1 with a run in the top of the fourth. In the next half-inning, the Lady Dragons (16-1) put the game out of reach.
Kennedy Walter led off Warren's fourth with a single and Jaimie Eaton later added a single of her own. Alexa Bupp drove home both with a double and Hultquist added a two-run double of her own after Rachel Hasselman reached on an error. The six-run outburst made it 8-1 and three more runs in the fifth closed out the game via the ten-run rule.
On the mound, Bupp won for the 15th time this season, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out eight and walking none. Defensively, coach Bupp praised the play of middle infielders Ishman and Eaton, calling their play "outstanding."
The Lady Dragons close out the regular season Thursday, hosting Corry. A victory would split the region softball title between Warren and Fort LeBoeuf. The teams split the season series and each have one region defeat. The Bison have completed their region schedule.
Taylor Mineweaser had a three-run double and Walter an RBI double, in a six-run third in Warren's 13-0 junior varsity win.
Meghan Loutzenhiser allowed two hits over five innings in the shutout. Warren's J.V. team is 8-4 overall.
STRONG VINCENT (1): ab-r-h-rbi: Lachina, ss, 2-0-0-0, Jobczynski, 1b, 2-0-0-0, S. Peck, c, 2-1-1-0, Munson, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Hess, lf, 2-0-0-1, Battle, p, 2-0-1-0, H. Peck, cr, 0-0-0-0, Jones, rf, 2-0-0-0, Bruno, dp, 2-0-1-0, Rhimes, cf, 2-0-0-0, Malone, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 18-1-3-1
WARREN (11): ab-r-h-rbi: Ishman, 2b, 3-2-2-2, Eaton, ss, 2-3-1-0, Bupp, p, 3-2-1-2, Loutzenhiser, cr, 0-0-0-0, Hasselman, 1b, 3-1-0-0, Hultquist, rf, 4-1-3-4, Blair, lf, 1-0-0-0, Bevevino, 3b, 2-1-0-0, Mineweaser, dp, 3-0-1-1, Walter, cf, 2-1-1-0, Latimer, ph, 1-0-0-0, Totals: 24-11-8-9
Strong Vincent 000 10 - 1 3
Warren 200 63 - 11 8
2b-Bupp (W), Hultquist (W) 2. 3b-S. Peck (S). HR-Ishman (W) 2. WP-Bupp. LP-Battle.
Junior varsity game
Strong Vincent 000 00 - 0 2
Warren 006 7x - 13 7
2b-Mineweaser (W), Walter (W). WP-Loutzenhiser.
General McLane 11, Youngsville 10, 11 innings
EDINBORO - Youngsville is getting sick of playing extra inning games with General McLane.
Even more, the Lady Eagles are getting sick of losing extra inning games to the Lady Lances.
After dropping an 8-7, nine-inning decision in Youngsville on April 19, the Eagles were defeated, 11-10, in 11 innings Tuesday at General McLane High School.
A one-run loss in 11 innings would sting bad enough. Making this loss even harder to swallow was the fact that Youngsville squandered a six-run lead in the bottom of the seventh and, later, a one-run lead in the bottom of the 10th.
Youngsville (9-9) trailed 3-2 after six innings, but appeared to have things well in hand after plating seven runners in the top of the seventh. Cierra Ohl started the big inning with a single and Kelsey Anderson followed with another. Colleen Rex's RBI groundout tied the game at 3-3 and Kennedy Cratty walked to put two on base for Amber Fox.
Fox delivered the lead for Youngsville with her 32nd and 33rd RBI of the year, crushing a two-run triple to make it 5-3. Before the inning was over, the Eagles led 9-3 thanks to an RBI single by Elise Dunn and a two-run double by Ohl.
Things would go south for the visitors in a hurry.
The Lancers stormed back in the bottom of the seventh, scoring six runs of their own and tying the game at 9-9 after seven. The 9-9 score held until the top of the 10th when Youngsville inched back ahead. Dunn and Jessica Jameson singled in the inning and Rex drove home the go-ahead run with another groundout.
Once again, McLane answered the call, adding a run in the bottom of the 10th to send the game to the 11th. In the 11th, Youngsville was set down in order and the Lancers plated the winning run to send the Lady Eagles back to .500 on the season.
Youngsville has already qualified for the District 10 Class A playoffs and will close out the regular season at home on Thursday against Seneca.
YOUNGSVILLE (10): ab-r-h-rbi: Rex, 5-1-0-2, Ke. Cratty, ss, 5-2-2-0, Fox, p, 5-1-2-3, Lewis, lf, 6-0-0-0, Gustafson, 3b, 5-1-1-1, S. Anderson, dp, 5-1-2-0, Dunn, 1b, 4-2-2-1, Sveda, rf, 3-0-0-0, Ohl, ph, 2-1-2-2, Jameson, cf, 3-0-1-0, K. Anderson, 2b, 2-1-1-0, Ka. Cratty, 2b, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 45-10-13-9
GENERAL McLANE (11): ab-r-h-rbi: Elder, lf, 6-1-1, Supryniewski, ss, 4-3-3, Clark, c, 4-1-1, Wreh-Wilson, 3b, 3-2-3, Warner, 1b, 3-1-1, Rupp, cf, 5-1-1, Lovato, 2b, 3-0-1, Dowlen, ph-2b, 3-0-0, Weaver, rf, 3-0-0, Bailey, ph, 1-0-0, Lindsey, ph-rf, 3-0-0, Schneider, dp, 4-2-3, Kitelinger, p, 0-0-0, Totals: 42-11-14
Youngsville 002 000 700 10 - 10 13
McLane 000 210 600 11 - 11 14
2b-Fox (Y), Ohl (Y), S. Anderson (Y), Schneider (G). 3b-Fox (Y). WP-Kitelinger. LP-Fox.
Eisenhower 10, Seneca 6
WATTSBURG - Seneca was in a giving mood on Tuesday.
The Lady Bobcats made 10 errors in Tuesday's game with Eisenhower, handing the Lady Knights their second victory of the season, 10-6, at Seneca High School.
"When the other team gives you opportunities like that, there's not much you can say," said Ike coach R.J. Williams. "Haylie caught fire with a 3-for-5 day and four RBI and had some key strikeouts to get us out of some jams."
Seneca left the bases loaded three times in the game, allowing the Lady Knights to be in a 4-4 tie after six innings. In the top of the seventh, Eisenhower took advantage of some sloppy Seneca defense and used a couple timely hits to break the game open.
Brooke Stanton plated the go-ahead run with an RBI double and Birt also had an RBI double in the inning as the Knights plated six runners to take a 10-4 lead. The other four runs scored in the inning all crossed home thanks to Bobcats errors.
Birt had three of the Knights' eight hits and doubled twice. Dakota Williams, Stanton, Kearsten Maine, Ashley Barnett and Mallory Schutt also had hits for the winners.
Eisenhower (2-16) ends its season Thursday, hosting Northwestern.
EISENHOWER (10): ab-r-h-rbi: Birt, p, 5-1-3-4, Byrd, ss, 5-0-0-0, D. Williams, 1b, 5-1-1-0, Stanton, c, 5-1-1-1, Maine, cf, 3-2-1-0, Barnett, 2b, 4-1-1-0, Schutt, dp, 4-1-1-0, Morrison, 3b, 4-1-0-0, Schwanke, lf, 4-2-0-0, Lange, rf, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 39-10-8-5
SENECA (6): ab-r-h-rbi: Snarski, lf, 3-1-1, Heverly, cf, 4-1-1, Cavaretta, 1b, 4-1-1, McChesney, p, 5-0-1, Babe, 3b, 4-1-0, Bender, ss, 4-0-2, Allen, 2b, 3-1-0, Biebel, c, 3-1-2, Biby, rf, 4-0-0, Totals: 34-6-8
Eisenhower 020 101 6 - 10 10 5
Seneca 102 001 2 - 6 8 10
2b-Snarski (S), Biebel (S), Birt (E) 2, Stanton (E). WP-Birt. LP-McChesney.
Kane 13, Sheffield 1
Kane 15, Sheffield 5
The Sheffield Wolverines fell to the Kane Wolves in both games of a Tuesday doubleheader, losing 13-1 and 15-5.
Freshman Maddie Fiscus pitched both games for Sheffield.
Sheffield kept the opener fairly close early, trailing just 6-1 through six innings. The Lady Wolves closed the game out by scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh inning. Brooke Hoffman had an RBI single in the fourth in defeat.
The Wolverines (2-13) outhit the Wolves in game two despite the 15-5 setback. Anna Baldensperger had two hits, including a home run for Sheffield. Erin Fry tripled and Fiscus, Zhara Pratz and Rachel Maines also collected two hits each.
Sheffield travels to Ridgway on Wednesday.
KANE (13): ab-r-h-rbi: Huckabone, c, 4-2-2-1, Hoag, p, 5-2-0-0, Jammerson, ss, 5-3-2-1, Ferranto, 1b, 5-2-2-2, Wheatley, dp, 5-0-1-1, Hillman, 3b, 4-1-1-1, Gear, lf, 5-1-1-0, Sluga, rf, 4-1-2-0, Stanko, dh, 1-0-1-0, Walters, cf, 2-1-0-0, Totals: 40-13-12-6
SHEFFIELD (1): ab-r-h-rbi: Barr, ss, 3-0-0-0, Vile, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Hoffman, c, 3-0-1-1, Fiscus, p, 3-0-0-0, Maines, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Pratz, lf, 3-0-1-0, Curtis, rf, 3-0-0-0, Pollock, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Fry, cf, 3-0-1-0, Totals: 27-1-4-1
Kane 101 202 7 - 13 12
Sheffield 000 100 0 - 1 4
3b-Jammerson (K), Ferranto (K). WP-Hoag. LP-Fiscus.
KANE (15): ab-r-h-rbi: Sluga, rf, 4-1-1-1, Huckabone, c, 3-1-0-0, Jammerson, ss, 2-2-2-1, Ferranto, 1b, 4-2-2-1, Wheatley, 3b, 2-2-1-2, Gear, lf, 3-3-2-1, Walters, p, 3-2-0-0, Durante, cf, 3-1-0-0, Stanko, 2b, 3-1-1-0, Totals: 27-15-9-6
SHEFFIELD (5): ab-r-h-rbi: Barr, ss, 2-1-1-0, Vile, 1b, 4-1-1-1, Hoffman, c, 4-0-0-0, Baldensperger, rf, 4-2-2-2, Pratz, lf, 3-0-2-0, Fiscus, p, 3-0-2-0, Fry, cf, 3-1-1-0, Maines, 3b, 3-0-2-1, Pollock, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Totals: 29-5-11-4
Kane 170 511 - 15 9
Sheffield 300 110 - 5 11
3b-Ferranto (K), Gear (K), Fry (S). HR-Jammerson (K), Baldensperger (S). WP-Walters. LP-Fiscus.