Paige Wilson and Meghan Loutzenhiser had three RBI apiece, Wilson hit her fourth home run of the season and Warren improved to 11-1 with a dominant 10-0 victory over Strong Vincent, Tuesday, at Hawbaker Field in North Warren.
The Dragons won for the sixth straight time and appear to be firing on all cylinders heading into a crucial matchup with Fort LeBoeuf, Thursday in Warren. LeBoeuf handed the Dragons their only loss of the season by claiming a 3-2 victory on April 22 in Waterford.
"I definitely like the way we built on the lead in the third inning and how we finished things off in the fifth," said Warren coach Mark Bupp. "We've been working hard on having quality at-bats and we had a lot of them today. We didn't chase a lot of pitches out of the zone and really had some nice success at the plate."
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
Eisenhower first baseman Natasha Morrison scoops up a throw to record an out during Tuesday's Region 5 match-up against Franklin at Eisenhower High School. The Lady Knights were defeated by the visitors in a back and forth contest, 18-15.
Alexa Bupp was spectacular once more despite striking out just three batters. She allowed just two hits and one of those led off the game. After a single and error left the Colonels with a runner on second and nobody out in the top of the first, Bupp watched as her defense - namely centerfield Kennedy Walter - turned things around in an instant.
Walter made a diving catch in center to rob the visitors of a run-scoring hit and then fired to first to complete a double play and get the Dragons out of an early jam. In its first at-bat of the afternoon, Warren was able to carve out a 1-0 lead.
The Dragons extended the lead to 4-0 in the third and put the game away with a six-run outburst in the fifth. Jaimie Eaton led off the fifth with a single and moved to third on Bupp's double. Meghan Loutzenhiser then drove both of them home with a two-run double.
Loutzenhiser didn't have to sit on the bases long as the freshman catcher Wilson stepped to the dish and sent a pitch screaming out of the park for an 8-0 lead.
"As a freshman, Paige got off to a tremendous start this season and has continued that pace all year," said coach Bupp. "She continues to do a great job for us at the plate and behind the plate."
Later in the fifth, Kaitlin Ishman delivered an RBI single and Eaton's single to right ended the game via the ten-run rule.
Eaton was 3-for-3 with two RBI while Wilson and Loutzenhiser each finished with two hits and three RBI. Ishman also collected two hits and Bupp and Kathryn Lobdell had one hit each for the winners.
STRONG VINCENT (0): G. Hess, 3b, 2-0-1-0, Jobczynski, 1b, 2-0-0-0, H. Hess, p, 2-0-0-0, Peck, ss, 2-0-0-0, McAllister, c, 2-0-0-0, Lachica, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Ghastin, rf, 2-0-0-0, Battle, lf, 2-0-1-0, Jones, cf, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 18-0-2-0
WARREN (10): Ishman, 2b, 4-2-2-1, Eaton, ss, 3-2-3-2, Bupp, p, 2-0-1-1, Loutzenhiser, 1b, 3-1-2-3, Wilson, c, 3-1-2-3, Blair, rf, 3-0-0-0, Mineweaser, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Lobdell, lf, 3-1-1-0, Walter, cf, 2-2-0-0, Munksgard, cr, 0-1-0-0, Massa, cr, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 26-10-11-10
Strong Vincent 000 00 - 0 2 4
Warren 103 06 - 10 11 2
2b-Battle (S), Ishman (W), Bupp (W), Loutzenhiser (W), Wilson (W). HR-Wilson (W). WP-Bupp. LP-H. Hess.
Junior varsity game
Strong Vincent 001 0(10)3 2 - 16
Warren 112 301 1 - 9
2b-Sierra Wees (W), Kathryn Lobdell (W), Hess (S) 2, Rhodes (S), Bogle (S). 3b-Meddaugh (W), Wilson (S). WP-Hess. LP-Lobdell.
Rocky Grove 4, Youngsville 2
Youngsville is slumping at the wrong time of the season.
The Lady Eagles dropped their third straight game of the season on Tuesday, collecting just four hits in a 4-2 loss to Rocky Grove at Youngsville High School.
"Defensively we were solid," said Youngsville coach Ron Jameson. "Jessie (Jameson) actually threw two runners out at the plate today, but our bats are struggling. We left them somewhere and we have to find them before Thursday (against Titusville)."
The Orioles did most of their damage in the fourth inning, stretching a one-run lead to a four-run lead. Youngsville cut the margin in half with a pair of runs in the fifth to make it 4-2.
Haley Gray singled and Julia Sveda reached on an error to put two runners on with nobody out. Leadoff batter Kennedy Cratty then drove home both with a two-out triple.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, that would be as close as they would get on Tuesday. Youngsville finished with just four hits - two from Cratty, a triple from Katie Gustafson and one from Gray.
Youngsville will attempt to end its slide Thursday when it visits Titusville.
ROCKY GROVE (4): Lepley, ss, 3-0-0-0, Shull, p, 3-0-2-1, Bevier, c, 3-0-0-0, Prorok, 2b, 3-1-0-0, Ditzenberger, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Rembold, cf, 3-1-1-0, Garris, 3b, 3-1-1-0, Danzler, lf, 3-1-2-2, Kiser, rf, 3-0-2-1, Totals: 26-4-8-4
YOUNGSVILLE (2): Ke. Cratty, ss, 4-0-2-2, Horn, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Jameson, cf, 3-0-0-0, Gustafson, p, 2-0-1-0, Ka. Cratty, 2b, 3-0-0-0, Gray, rf, 3-1-1-0, Sveda, lf, 1-1-0-0, Lewis, c, 3-0-0-0, Anderson, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Totals:
Rocky Grove 010 300 0 - 4 8
Youngsville 000 020 0 - 2 4
2b-Danzler (R). 3b-Ke. Cratty (Y), Gustafson (Y). WP-Shull. LP-Gustafson.
Franklin 18, Eisenhower 15
Tuesday's game between Eisenhower and Franklin was a slugfest from start to finish.
Despite pounding out 19 hits to Franklin's 11, the Lady Knights fell to the visitors by a score of 18-15 on senior day at Eisenhower High School.
"I'm proud of the way the girls played. They played hard the whole game," said Eisenhower coach R.J. Williams. "That was the best we've hit all season. They wanted to win it for the seniors, and they showed that."
The visitors posted three runs in the top of the first inning, but Ike was able to take the lead with four of their own in the bottom half. The Lady Knights held on to that lead until the top of the sixth, when the Franklin bats exploded for seven runs.
Eisenhower answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the rally fell short and Franklin escaped with the win.
Haylie Birt and Kristen Wagner each had four hits for the Lady Knights, Birt with three doubles and a single and Wagner with two doubles and two singles. Kelsey Repke added two doubles of her own and scored four runs as part of a 3-for-4 day, Mallory Trumbull went 3-for-5, and Brooke Stanton and Ashley Barnett hit triples for Eisenhower.
Ike will close out its season playing four games on the road, starting with a trip to Rocky Grove on Thursday.
FRANKLIN (18): ab-r-h: Wood, 1b, 4-2-1, Beggs, cf, 4-2-2, Hoover, 3b, 5-3-2, Peiffer, c, 3-2-0, Rice, 2b, 5-2-2, Mullen, ss, 5-2-1, Romenowski, p, 4-1-1, Saeli, lf, 1-2-0, Johnson, rf, 4-2-2. Totals 35-18-11.
EISENHOWER (15): Repke, cf, 4-4-3, Williams, 2b, 5-2-1, Birt, p, 5-2-4, Stanton, c, 5-2-1, Barnett, 3b, 5-2-2, Morrison, 1b, 5-1-1, Wagner, ss, 5-0-4, Trumbull, lf, 5-1-3, Schutt, dp, 5-1-0, Lange, rf, 0-0-0. Totals 44-15-19.
Franklin 312 217 2 - 18 11 4
Eisenhower 443 110 2 - 15 19 5
2B - Repke (E) 2, Birt (E) 3, Morrison (E), Wagner (E) 2. 3B - Johnson (F) 2, Stanton (E), Barnett (E). WP - Romanowski. LP - Birt.