Lady Dragons roll to win over Fort LeBoeuf
It may be early in the season, but the Warren Lady Dragons are certainly leaving a strong impression on their Region 6 foes.
Ellie Lobdell struck out 14, allowed just one hit, and struck the final blow on this day, a towering 2-run home run that sent Warren to an 11-1, 6-inning win over Fort LeBoeuf on Saturday.
“Ellie started things well and finished well with a walk-off home run,” said Warren coach Jon Sitler. “We are playing with enthusiasm early on and I hope it continues.”
The game, which was bumped up to an 11 a.m. start time, was never in doubt, as Lobdell struck out a pair in a tidy first inning. The bottom half of the inning saw the Lady Dragons (3-0 overall, 2-0 Region 6) string together five straight hits to start, part of a 5-run outburst.
Lex Nyquist, Kelsey Stuart, Celia Chase, Gracie Wood and Kiersten Hoffman started that early surge, with Wood’s hit down the left field line bringing in Nyquist and Stuart, and Hoffman’s single, hit in nearly the same spot as Wood’s, brought in Chase.
And none of them were cheap, as they sprayed line drives all over the field.
A pair of Fort LeBoeuf errors helped plate the final two runs in the first, as the Lady Dragons batted around.
They scored a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to make the score 9-1.
Stuart led off the second with a double and was brought in by a Wood single for the second time in as many innings, and Lobdell brought Wood in with an RBI base hit of her own.
In the third, it was the bottom of the lineup that got things started, as Grace Wortman and Julia Lobdell led off with singles, both coming around to score on Stuart’s third hit in as many frames.
“I was proud of the way the girls bounced back from the previous night’s game at Harbor Creek,” Sitler said. “However, we may be tested more, as will other teams, with postponements juggling everyone’s schedule.”
While the offense was doing it’s thing, Lobdell was in complete control on the mound.
She struck out the side in both the second and third innings, an unearned run in the fourth the only blemish on an otherwise brilliant pitching line.
And for good measure, she brought the game to a close with the 10-run rule in the sixth. Hoffman led off with a hard-hit double, and Lobdell’s long drive easily cleared the fence in left to end it.
Through three games, Warren has outscored it’s opponent 46-4.
They return to action today at Oil City, weather permitting.
“We have four games on the schedule this week and more weather on the way,” noted Sitler. “But this group is resilient and keeps focused.”
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FORT LEBOEUF (1)
Donnell C 3-0-0-0, Arndt SS 3-0-0-0, Rimpa 1B 3-0-0-0, Bentley RF 0-1-0-0, Popowski P 3-0-0-0, Kulik 3B 2-0-1-1, Lesik CF 2-0-0-0, Morrison 2B 2-0-0-0, Amon LF 2-0-0-0, Totals 20-1-1-1
Nyquist SS 4-1-1-0, Stuart RF 4-2-3-2, Chase 1B 4-1-3-0, Wood CF 3-2-3-3, Hoffman 3B 4-2-2-1, E. Lobdell P 4-1-3-3-, Munksgard CR 0-0-0-0, Sitler DP 2-0-0-0, Wilson LF-Flex 1-0-0-0, Wortman C 3-1-1-0, Lobdell 2B 3-1-1-0, Totals 32-11-16-9
Fort LeBoeuf 000 100 – 1 1 3
Warren 522 002 – 11 16 1
2B – Stuart (W), Hoffman (W); HR – E. Lobdell (W); WP – E. Lobdell; LP – Popowski
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Lobdell: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 14 SO