Sheffield, Ike fall in softball

Curwensville welcomed Sheffield softball for a doubleheader Tuesday and the hosts came away with a sweep.

The Golden Tide won game 1, 25-5, and came away with a 16-1 decision in game 2.

“We aren’t doing anything very well,” Sheffield coach Mark Maines said. “We’re hanging for a little while then the snowball effect takes over.”

The Wolverines scored a pair in the first inning of game 1 as Marissa Grubbs, Emily Leichtenberger and Mya Grubbs hit consecutive singles to start the inning. Mya’s single scored Marissa and Faite Smith reached on an error to score Mya.

Curwensville answered with two in the home half to tie the game at 2-2.

The top of Sheffield’s lineup struck for two more in the third. Marissa led off with a single and Leichtenberger was hit by a pitch. Mya followed with a double to score Marissa. Leichtenberger was thrown out at the plate on the play. Smith singled home Mya to put the Wolverines up 4-2.

The Tide offense woke up at that point as they scored four in the third and three in the fourth before exploding for a 15-run fifth.

Mya hit a solo homerun in the fifth, but that was all the offense Sheffield would get the rest of the way.

Curwensville wasted little time getting going in Game 2.

The Golden Tide scored six in the first and four in the second to jump out to a 10-1 lead.

Sheffield’s lone run of the game came in the second. Jerika Dexter led off with a walk and came home on Tori Childress’ two-out double. Childress had both Wolverine hits in the game, notching a single in the fourth as well.

Curwensville would tack on a combined six runs in the third and fourth innings for the 16-1 win.

The Wolverines will have a day to rest before returning to action on Wolverine Mountain Thursday.

“We’ll have to regroup as we host Forest Area,” Maines said.

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Cochranton defeated Eisenhower 26-6 at Werner Park on Tuesday.

Despite the setback, the Lady Knight hit the ball well, particularly Shelby Kuzminski and Miranda Garris, who were both 2-for-3.

“We’re hitting the ball and really starting to enjoy playing,” said Eisenhower coach Mike English. “We’re scoring runs, stealing bases and it seems like we’re doing the right things at the right time.”

Cochranton had a monster day from sophomore Megan Wright, who belted a home run and three doubles and was also the winning pitcher.

Brooke Culbertson, McKenna Needler and Vincena Reese also had doubles for the Lady Cardinals, who are 11-1.

Alexis Courtney was on the mound for Eisenhower.

“We played well for three innings, and then we got mentally drained,” English said.

The Lady Knights return to action on Thursday at Saegertown.

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Region 3 contender Union City knocked off Youngsville 10-0.

No other information was available at press time.