Slugfest: Hogg belts 3 home runs, Youngsville beats Sheffield

Youngsville’s Rebekah Hogg squares up to blast one of her three homeruns during a game against Sheffield at Sheffield High School, Monday, April 30, 2018. Hogg finished with six RBI on the three shots to help lead the Eagles to a 23-21 win over the Wolverines.

It’s been said, “familiarity breeds contempt.”

While there wasn’t much contempt between the Youngsville and Sheffield softball teams on Wolverine Mountain Monday, the familiarity certainly brought out the fighting spirit in both teams.

Rebekah Hogg hit three home runs, drove in six and the Eagles came out on top of the back-and-forth affair as a 7-run seventh inning propelled them to a 23-21 win over the Wolverines.

“It was a good game,” Youngsville coach Scott Ishman said. “They played us well.”

“We had some errors late and it just cost us,” Sheffield coach Mark Maines said.

Sheffield’s Emily Leichtenberger lines up a pitch during a game against Youngsville at Sheffield High School, Monday, April 30, 2018. Leichtenberger scored four runs and drove in another, but it wasn’t enough as the Eagles defeated the Wolverines, 23-21.

Sheffield took a 19-16 lead into the top of the seventh, but Erin Dunn, Madeline Cratty and Andrea Sveda started the inning with consecutive doubles to cut the lead to 19-18. Jena Wilson followed with a RBI single to tie the game. Hogg was intentionally walked, Maines didn’t want to chance her hitting a fourth home run, and two groundouts had Sheffield in position to take a tie into the home half.

Destiny Upton, Kamryn Weissinger and Dunn all reached via error, with four runs scoring in the process to put the Eagles up 23-19.

“They came back,” Maines said. “With those errors . . . we just find a way to beat ourselves.”

Sheffield had an opportunity to at least tie the game. Emily Leichtenberger reached on a dropped third strike to start the inning and Mya Grubbs followed with a single. Leichtenberger scored on Jerika Dexter’s groundout and Grubbs raced home on a wild pitch to make it 23-21. A walk allowed the Wolverines to bring the tying run to the plate, but a strikeout and groundout ended the game.

“Coaches yearn for the mental part of the game to come. They faced adversity and came out on top,” Ishman said. “I respect Mark and his team.”

It looked like the Eagles might break the game open early. With one out in the first, Dunn singled and moved to second on an error. Cratty singled her home and moved third on Sveda’s single. Wilson followed with a RBI groundout before Hogg hit her first homer of the game, a 2-run, opposite field rocket that cleared both fences in right field and gave Youngsville a 4-0 lead.

Sheffield got one back in the bottom half, but the Eagles answered with another 4-spot in the second. Cassie Dalrymple doubled and Upton reached on an error. The errors allowed Dalrymple to score. Two outs later, Cratty and Sveda had back-to-back hits to plate two more and Sveda came home on a pair of wild pitches to make it 8-1 Youngsville.

The Wolverines answered with a big second inning. Tori Childress drew a one-out walk, Kennidee Confer followed with a single and Ashley Fredericks walked to load the bases. Marissa Grubbs belted a single to left to score one, and another came home on an error on the play. Leichtenbeger hit a laser line drive that caught Cratty, Youngsville’s starting pitcher, square on the left leg just above the knee. Fredericks scored on the play and Leichtenberger reached, but Cratty was forced to leave the game and Sveda took over on the mound.

Mya Grubbs belted a double to score a pair and bring Sheffield within a run at 8-7.

“They didn’t quit,” Maines said. “We had a couple of good innings to get back into it.”

The Wolverines had a big two-out rally in the third to take their first lead of the game. Marissa Grubbs reached on an error, then Leichtenberger, Mya Grubbs and Dexter all drew consecutive walks to score Marissa and load the bases. Leichtenberger scored on a wild pitch and Faite Smith and Sarah Heller hit back-to-back RBI singles to put Sheffield up 11-8.

Youngsville re-took the lead in the fifth. Hogg led off with her second homer of the game, a solo shot to left. The next four batters walked, but one was called out for leading off first and another was forced out on a play at the plate. Cratty, who was able to re-enter and play outfield, reached on an error and two runs scored. Sveda followed with a RBI single and Wilson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second and bring Hogg back to the plate. She blasted her third homer of the game, a 3-run jack to left-center to put the Eagles back on top, 16-11.

“Hogg hitting three home runs doesn’t hurt anything,” Ishman said.

Sheffield got one back in the bottom half before exploding for seven more in the sixth. Marissa Grubbs led off with a single and Leichtenberger reached on an error. Mya Grubbs walked and Dexter reached on an error, allowing two runs to score. Smith walked and Heller hit a RBI groundout. Childress followed with a walk and Confer’s RBI groundout scored another. Fredericks hit a triple to score one and came home on an error on the play to make it 19-16 after six.

Hogg went 3-4 with four runs scored and six RBI for the Eagles. Sveda and Cratty each had two RBI on three hits.

For Sheffield, Marissa Grubbs had three hits and two RBI. Mya Grubbs and Fredericks each had a pair of RBI.

The Wolverines host Otto-Eldred Wednesday while the Eagles welcome Cambridge Springs Thursday.

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YOUNGSVILLE (23) – Weissinger, ss/lf/rf, 5-2-1-0, Dunn, cf/ss, 6-3-2-1, Cratty, p/lf, 6-4-3-2, Shattuck, rf, 0-0-0-0, Sveda, c/p, 5-4-3-2, Wilson, 3b/c, 3-2-1-2, Hogg, 1b, 4-4-3-6, Long, rf/2b, 4-0-0-0, Dalrymple, 2b/cf, 4-1-1-0, Upton, lf/3b, 3-3-2-2, Team 40-23-16-15

SHEFFIELD (21) – Mar. Grubbs, p, 6-4-3-2, Leichtenberger, c, 4-4-1-1, Mya Grubbs, ss, 4-4-2-2, Dexter, 2b, 5-3-1-1, Smith, 1b, 3-1-1-1, Heller, cf, 5-0-2-1, Childress, rf, 4-2-1-1, Confer, 3b, 5-1-1-1, Fredericks, lf, 4-2-1-2, Team 40-21-13-12

Youngsville 440 080 7 – 23 16

Sheffield 164 017

2 – 21 13

2b-Dunn (Y) 2, Cratty (Y), Sveda (Y), Dalrymple (Y), Mar. Grubbs (S), Mya Grubbs (S). 3b-Fredericks (S). HR-Hogg (Y) 3. WP-Sveda. LP-Mar. Grubbs.