There's something Youngsville's Katie Gustafson likes about playing county rival Eisenhower.
Gustafson had five RBI, including a three-run homer to left in the fifth inning, during the Eagles' 8-5 victory over the Knights Tuesday at Eisenhower High School. Earlier this season, Gustafson hit a two-out two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Youngsville a 6-5 win over the Knights.
The homer provided the winning margin and Eagles second baseman Karissa Cratty started a game-ending double play with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh. Cratty snagged a screaming grounder, stepped on second and fired to first baseman Kelsey Anderson to end the game.
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Reason to smile
Not even the batting helmet can hide the smile of Youngsville’s Katie Gustafson after her towering three-run homer to left field during Tuesday’s softball game with Eisenhower at Eisenhower High School. The Eagles won, 8-5. Scoring for Youngsville in the foreground is Jessica Jameson and looking on for the Knights is third baseman Natasha Morrison.
"The bats are just coming on right now and the girls are playing outstanding defense," said Youngsville coach Ron Jameson. "Confidence can do a lot for a team. We've been playing everybody really tough and we feel more confident with each win we get."
Eisenhower coach R.J. Williams and his Knights had to settle for a second close loss this season to the Eagles.
"We played a lot cleaner in the field today, so I'm happy with that," said Williams. "We hit the ball hard at times, but they made some great plays defensively. You have to give them credit for that."
Like the first game of the season series played two weeks ago at Youngsville, Tuesday's game was a back and forth affair.
The Eagles (4-4) jumped out to a quick lead in the contest, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Kennedy Cratty and Elyssa Horn started the game with singles and both runners scored on Gustafson's one-out hit. Moments later, Gustafson scored on Haley Gray's RBI single.
Eisenhower tried to answer back in the bottom of the first, but was robbed of runs when Youngsville centerfielder Jessica Jameson made a catch of Brooke Stanton's fly ball in deep center. Jameson's momentum took her into the makeshift wall at the facility and Jameson fell to ground, maintaining control of the ball to end the inning.
The Knights cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom of the second when Ashley Barnett scored when a ball put into play by Mallory Trumbull was misplayed for an error. undeterred, Youngsville quickly answered the Ike score when a third inning sacrifice fly by Gray scored Jameson.
Eisenhower (2-7) refused to roll over and scored the next four runs unanswered to take a 5-4 lead. Dakota Williams doubled and scored on Stanton's RBI single in the third and the Knights added three more runs in the fourth. Trumbull scored on a passed ball and Haylie Birt's two-run single scored Kelsey Repke and Williams to give Ike the lead.
The lead would be short lived as the Eagles struck quickly in the fifth. Horn led off with the first of her two doubles and Jameson drew a walk ahead of Gustafson's three-run blast that cleared the wall in left. The homer put the Eagles up 7-5 and the final run of the night was driven home in the sixth when Horn's double plated Kennedy Cratty.
Down 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh, the Knights put the first two runners on base before Horn induced a pop out on the infield and Karissa Cratty started a game-clinching double play.
In junior varsity play, Eisenhower won, 12-7, with Mallory Trumbull the winning pitcher and adding a double.
Youngsville will face another county foe Wednesday, hosting Sheffield. The Knights travel to Maplewood that same day.
YOUNGSVILLE (8): Kennedy Cratty, ss, 5-2-2-0, Horn, p, 4-2-3-1, Jameson, cf, 3-2-0-0, Gustafson, 3b, 4-2-3-5, Ka. Cratty, 2b, 4-0-0-0, Gray, rf, 3-0-3-2, Sveda, lf, 3-0-2-0, Lewis, c, 4-0-1-0, Anderson, 1b, 4-0-0-0, Totals: 34-8-14-8
EISENHOWER (5): Repke, 1b, 4-1-1-0, Williams, 2b, 4-2-2-0, Birt, p, 3-0-1-2, Stanton, c, 3-0-2-1, Barnett, rf, 4-1-0-0, Morrison, 3b, 4-0-1-0, Wagner, ss, 3-0-2-0, McJunkin, cf, 3-0-0-0, Trumbull, lf, 4-1-1-0, Totals: 32-5-10-3
Youngsville 301 031 0 - 8 14
Eisenhower 011 300 0 - 5 10
2b-Williams (E), Lewis (Y), Horn (Y) 2, Morrison (E). HR-Gustafson (Y). WP-Horn. LP-Birt.
Warren 17, Jamestown (NY) 3
JAMESTOWN, N.Y. - Warren broke out the bats on Tuesday, winning its fourth in a row, 17-3, in a cross-state battle at Jamestown.
"I'm obviously very happy with the bats," said Warren coach Mark Bupp, whose Lady Dragons are 9-1 overall, with their only loss a region loss at Fort LeBoeuf. "With the amount of work we did today with two outs, really disciplined at bats. We were able to build on that and use it to our advantage all day."
Warren took advantage of eight Jamestown errors, but had 13 hits, including 23 hits and 13 extra-base hits.
Kaitlin Ishman was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple, four runs and three RBI for Warren, which scored four runs in the first inning and all 17 runs in the first four innings. Meghan Loutzenhiser and Paige Wilson had three hits each, and Jaimie Eaton, Alexa Bupp, Taylor Mineweaser, Kennedy Walter and Brittany Massa with two hits each.
Coach Bupp said Walter, who had three RBI, "had one of her more productive days, doing a good job on placement as a slap hitter.
"Paige Wilson is also staying hot for us," said Bupp. "We were able to score four runs in the first and build on it; that's the story for today."
Alexa Bupp and Loutzenhiser combined for 14 strikeouts.
WARREN (17): Ishman 2b 4-4-4-3, Harkins ph 1-0-1-0, Rosendahl ph 1-0-0-0, Eaton ss 4-3-2-2, Meddaugh lf 1-0-0-0, Bupp p 4-1-2-1, Munksgard 1b 1-0-0-0, Loutzenhiser 1b-p 5-1-3-2, Wilson c 4-1-3-2, Marsh of 1-0-0-0, Blair rf 5-1-1-1, Mineweaser 3b 4-1-2-1, Wees 3b 1-0-0-0, Lobdell lf 4-2-1-0, Walter cf 3-3-2-3, Massa cf 2-0-2-0. Totals 45-17-23-14.
JAMESTOWN (3): Pollian ss 4-3-2-0, Haimes cf 3-0-0-0, Johnson 0-0-0-0, Martin p 4-0-1-1, Pace c 3-0-0-0, Mosley lf 4-0-3-1, Piapiaco 3b 3-0-1-0, Jackson 1b 3-0-0-0, Spinoye 2b 3-0-0-0, Bothman rf 3-0-0-0, Totals 30-3-7-2.
Warren 424 700 0 -17 23 2
Jamestown 001 010 1 - 3 7 8
2b-Ishman (W) 2, Eaton (W), Bupp (W), Loutzenhiser (W), Wilson (W) 2, Walter (W), Massa (W), Martin (J). 3b-Ishman (W), Bupp (W), Loutzenhiser (W), Blair (W), Pollian (J), Mosley (J). WP-Bupp. LP-Martin.
Junior varsity game
Warren 424 472 2 - 25
Jamestown 722 100 5 - 17
2b-Lobdell ((W) 2, Harkins (W), Massa (W). 3b-Rosendahl (W), Munksgard (W). WP-Lobdell.
Kane 17, Sheffield 4
A big first inning wasn't enough for the Lady Wolverines to pick up their second win of the season Tuesday afternoon, as they fell by a score of 17-4 to Kane in an AML North contest at Sheffield Area High School.
Kane plated a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, but Kameron Orinko, Anna Baldensperger, and Hannah Vile all drove in runs in the bottom half to give Sheffield a 3-2 advantage.
Senior shortstop Sami Pollock's single to score Orinko in the third inning would be the last of the offense for the Lady Wolverines, as Kane pitcher Kyla Hoag threw three straight shut out innings and the Wolves piled on 12 more runs en route to the win.
"We did well until the sixth, then we fell apart," said Sheffield coach Traci Vile. "We continue to give teams five or six outs in an inning, and you can't win games like that."
Baldensperger, Pollock, and Maddie Fiscus had hits for Sheffield in the loss.
The Lady Wolverines will look to get back on the winning track on Tuesday, when they travel across the county for a match-up with Youngsville at Youngsville High School.
KANE (17): ab-r-h: Huckabone, rf, 5-3-1, Gregg, c, 4-3-2, Jamerson, ss, 5-2-2, Hillman, 1b, 5-3-2, Wheatley, 3b, 2-1-0, Walters, cf, 4-2-0, Hoag, p, 4-1-2, Sluga, lf, 3-1-0, Stanko, 2b, 3-1-0. Totals 35-17-9.
SHEFFIELD (4): Mad. Fiscus, 1b-p, 3-1-1, Hoffman, 3b, 3-0-0, Mar. Fiscus, p-1b, 2-1-0, Vile, lf, 2-1-0, Orinko, 2b, 2-1-0, Mihalic, ph, 1-0-0, Baldensperger, c, 2-0-1, Pollock, ss, 3-0-1, Rockwell, cf, 3-0-0, Knowles, dp, 3-0-0. Totals 24-4-3.
Kane 203 039 - 17 9
Sheffield 301 000 - 4 3
2b-Gregg (K). WP-Hoag. LP-Mary Fiscus.