Lady Dragons top Meadville in season finale

Warren shortstop Alexis Nyquist throws to first to complete a putout during Thursday’s game against Meadville.

Warren is going into the playoffs with confidence.

Six players recorded multi-hit games on Thursday as the Lady Dragons closed the regular season with a 10-0, 6-inning win over Meadville.

Not only were the bats going, but pitcher Ellie Lobdell was stellar, allowing just two hits and striking out seven without issuing a walk.

“Ellie has been on the same page with Meg (catcher Meg Wortman) for most of the last month,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “There’s hiccups, obviously and one of them was the General McLane game, but Ellie is throwing well at the right time.”

Time and again this season Warren has proven that its lineup is as potent as any in District 10 and they did so again on Thursday.

Warren left fielder Grace Wortman fires a ball back into the infield during Thursday’s game against Meadville.

Alexis Nyquist led off the bottom of the first with a double and came around to score on a wild pitch. It was part of a 3-for-5 effort for the Dragons’ leadoff hitter.

Warren struck for two more in the second as Maddie Loutzenhiser roped a 2-out single, bringing in Celia Chase and Julia Lobdell, who both singled to get on base. Batting eighth and ninth in the order, Chase had two hits, two runs scored and two RBI, while Lobdell had three hits and a pair or RBI, showing off the strength of the lineup.

They struck for three more in the third, as Kiersten Hoffman and Gracie Wood led off the frame with back-to-back base hits and came around to score on Chase’s 2-run double. Lobdell drove Chase in with a two-bagger of her own to make it 6-0 after three.

Lobdell, meanwhile, was cruising. She struck out the side in the fifth and the Lady Dragons tacked on another run in the bottom half of the inning with Julia Lobdell’s RBI single bringing in courtesy runner Morgan Munksgard.

After a double play to end the top of the sixth, the Lady Dragons finished the game off in the bottom half, this time with the top of the order doing the damage.

Warren’s Olivia Manderfeld connects on a base hit during Thursday’s JV game.

Nyquist led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Loutzenhiser. An infield single by Megan Wortman put runners on first and third for Hoffman, who brought both of them in with a double. Wood then finished things off with an RBI single.

In addition to Julia Lobdell and Nyquist, Wood also had three hits, while Loutzenhiser, Hoffman, Chase and Julia Lobdell all had two RBI apiece.

It was a nice win following a tough 11-1 loss to General McLane, as Warren closed out the week 3-1. They finish with a regular season record of 13-6.

“That’s what this team’s done all year, we’ve bounced back,” Sitler said. “We’ve bounced back from mistakes. We’re going to have to limit those mistakes in the playoffs because everything is magnified.”

Warren will open the playoffs on Tuesday against Region 5 top seed Grove City. And Sitler believes his team is going in on the right note.

Warren’s Ceci Citro watches a ball go high in her first-inning at-bat in the JV game against Meadville. Citro delivered a walk-off double to give the Lady Dragons a 9-8 win.

“We have a good chance, we have a shot,” he said. “All the teams in the playoffs we’ve played, with the exception of our opening round opponent, Grove City. We’ve seen General McLane, we’ve seen Harbor Creek. We’re going to go in with confidence.”

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MEADVILLE (0)

Narr SS 3-0-1-0, Ewing P 3-0-0-0, Bradley 1B 3-0-0-0, Bean CF 2-0-0-0, Shaffer RF 2-0-0-0, LaBruzzo C 1-0-1-0, Gionti CR 0-0-0-0, Coon 3B 1-0-0-0, Keller LF 2-0-0-0, Brock 2B 2-0-0-0, Totals 19-0-2-0

WARREN (10)

Nyquist SS 5-2-3-0, Loutzenhiser 1B 3-0-1-2, M. Wortman C 4-1-2-0, Hoffman 3B 4-1-2-2, Wood CF 4-1-3-1, E. Lobdell P 2-0-0-0, Munksgard CR 0-1-0-0, G. Wortman LF 3-1-0-0, Chase RF 3-2-2-2, J. Lobdell 2B 3-1-3-2, Totals 31-10-16-9

Meadville 000 000 – 0

Warren 123 013 – 10

2B – Nyquist (W), Hoffman (W), Chase (W), J. Lobdell (W); WP – E. Lobdell; LP – Ewing

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Warren’s JV team also finished on a high note.

Ceci Citro’s walk-off double gave Warren a 9-8 win.

Julia Lobdell, Ashleigh Deppen and Meranda Jenkins had two RBI each for the Dragons, and Grace Wortman, Lobdell, Citro and Deppen had doubles to give Kiersten Hoffman the win.

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