Youth and experience.
Freshman Paige Wilson hit a three-run homer in the first, seniors Erica Blair and Taylor Mineweaser came through with two-run hits and Alexa Bupp limited Fort LeBoeuf to just five hits in a 9-0 Warren victory on Senior Day, Thursday at Hawbaker Field.
"Obviously, with it being Senior Day, you want your seniors to go out on a positive note," said Warren coach Mark Bupp. "All three of our seniors contributed to this win today. Erica and Taylor had big hits offensively and Jaimie had five putouts and one assist defensively for us."
Times Observer photo by Allen Seybert
Warren shortstop Jaimie Eaton shows the ball through a cloud of dust after diving to catch a ball during Thursday’s softball game with Fort LeBoeuf at Hawbaker Field in North Warren. The Dragons moved into a first-place tie atop the Region 7 standings with a convincing 9-0 victory.
With the win, Warren was able to avenge its only loss of the 2013 season (a 3-2 loss to LeBoeuf, April 22, in Waterford). It also puts the Dragons into a first-place tie with the Bison atop the Region 7 standings.
After struggling to find its offensive rhythm in an earlier season loss to LeBoeuf, the Dragons had no such trouble this time around.
With two outs in the bottom of the first, Bupp worked a walk and Meghan Loutzenhiser reached on an error, bringing Wilson to the plate. Wilson was unfazed by the big stage and calmly crushed a three-run homer - her fifth of the season -giving the Dragons a 3-0 lead. Wilson now has a team-high 27 RBI this season.
Wilson's blast accounted for all the scoring until the third inning when the senior Blair made her Senior Day memory. Blair sent a 3-2 pitch screaming over the head of the LeBoeuf left fielder, allowing two more runs to score and making it 5-0 Warren.
LeBoeuf attempted to mount a rally in the fifth, but some stout defense from senior shortstop Jaimie Eaton and timely pitches from Bupp helped Warren maintain its five run lead. Eaton saved two runs by snagging a well struck line drive and Bupp induced two come backers with the bases loaded, throwing to her catcher Wilson both times for the second and third outs of the inning.
"I called a timeout after they got the first two runners on and talked with Lex about hitting our sports and holding runners there," said coach Bupp. "I'm very proud of the way she worked out of that jam. She had great defense behind her and really buckled down and got the job done."
After stifling the Bison rally, Warren tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the inning. The Dragons (12-1) loaded the bases with nobody out, but still hadn't scored with two outs in the frame. Blair then scored on a passed ball and Kennedy Walter drove in a run to push the gap to seven.
"Kennedy Walter is doing a great job for us at the bottom of the lineup," added coach Bupp. "She hits the ball and allows us to keep rolling into the top of our order."
Mineweaser completed Warren's offensive production in the sixth when a two-out single allowed both Blair and courtesy runner Alexis Munksgard to score.
By winning out, Warren will clinch at least a share of the Region 7 championship. Its next game is scheduled for Saturday morning at Corry.
FORT LEBOEUF (0): Banta, ss, 3-0-0-0, Kuzma, c, 3-0-0-0, Young, 1b-p, 3-0-1-0, Krolczyk, p-1b, 3-0-1-0, Cass, cr, 0-0-0-0, Carrell, cf, 3-0-1-0, Luke, 3b, 3-0-1-0, Brown, 2b, 3-0-1-0, Pace, lf, 2-0-0-0, Oldach, dp, 3-0-0-0, Stempka, rf, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 26-0-5-0
WARREN (9): Ishman, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Eaton, ss, 4-0-0-0, Bupp, p, 3-2-2-0, Loutzenhiser, 1b, 4-1-1-0, Wilson, c, 3-2-2-3, Blair, rf, 2-2-1-2, Mineweaser, 3b, 3-1-1-2, Lobdell, lf, 4-0-0-0, Walter, cf, 3-0-2-1, Munksgard, cr, 0-1-0-0, Totals: 28-9-9-8
Fort LeBoeuf 000 000 0 - 0 5 3
Warren 302 022 x - 9 9 1
2b-Krolczyk (F), Brown (F), Blair (W). HR-Wilson (W). WP-Bupp. LP-Krolczyk.
Junior Varsity Game
Fort LeBoeuf 100 002 0 - 3
Warren 300 000 0 - 3
Warren pitchers-Meghan Loutzenhiser. Kathryn Lobdell.
Rocky Grove 5,
ROCKY GROVE - Eisenhower dropped its fifth straight game Thursday with a 5-2 setback to Rocky Grove at Rocky Grove High School.
The Knights (2-11) were able to keep the game close throughout, but spotted the Orioles a 5-0 lead before their offensive was able to erase the zero from the scoreboard. Eisenhower's sixth inning rally produced two runs, but there would be no additional scoring after that point.
In the sixth, Dakota Williams was hit by a pitch with one out and she scored on Haylie Birt's RBI double. Moments later, Birt was able to score when Ashley Barnett delivered a clutch two-out RBI single.
Kristen Wagner was responsible for two of Ike's six hits in the loss. Kelsey Repke, Birt, Barnett and Natasha Morrison also had hits in the loss.
The Knights are right back at it Friday when they travel to Panama (NY) for a varsity only contest.
EISENHOWER (2): Repke, cf, 4-0-1-0, Williams, 2b, 2-1-0-0, Birt, p, 3-1-1-1, Stanton, c, 3-0-0-0, Barnett, 3b, 3-0-1-1, Wagner, ss, 3-0-2-0, Morrison, 1b, 3-0-1-0, Trumbull, lf, 3-0-0-0, Schutt, dp, 3-0-0-0, Lange, rf, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 27-2-6-2
ROCKY GROVE (5): Lepley, ss, 3-1-1, Schull, p, 4-1-2, Bevier, c, 3-2-2, Provok, 2b, 3-0-2, Ditzenberger, 1b, 3-0-0, Rembold, cf, 2-1-0, Garris, 3b, 2-0-0, Danzler, lf, 3-0-1, Kiser, rf, 3-0-1, Totals: 26-5-9
Eisenhower 000 002 0 - 2 6 2
Rocky Grove 013 010 x - 5 9 0
2b-Birt (E), Bevier (R). WP-Schull. LP-Birt.
Titusville 18, Youngsville 0
TITUSVILLE - Youngsville's slim playoff chances took two hits on Thursday with an 18-0 three-inning loss at Titusville, and Rocky Grove's win over Eisenhower in Region 5.
Those games bumped Rocky Grove to 5-4 in the region, and Youngsville to 4-5 and the third Class A seed in the region. The Lady Eagles (5-8), with one hit on Thursday, host Franklin in the final regular-season game of the season.
Warren-native Shana Grosch was the winning pitcher for Titusville.
YOUNGSVILLE (0): ab-r-h-rbi, Kennedy Cratty ss 2-0-0-0, Horn 3b 2-0-1-0, Jess Jameson cf 1-0-0-0, Gustafson p 1-0-0-0, Karissa Cratty 2b 1-0-0-0, Julie Jameson rf 1-0-0-0, Sveda lf 1-0-0-0, Lewis c 1-0-0-0, Anderson 1b 1-0-0-0. Totals 11-0-1-0.
TITUSVILLE (18): ab-r-h, Neely ss 2-3-1, Johnson 2b 4-3-2, A. Clark c 2-2-1, Bowser 1b 4-2-3, Finley 3b 3-1-1, Grosch p 3-1-1, Clark lf 3-2-0, Donovan dp 3-1-1, Garrett rf 3-3-3, Foltz cf 0-0-0. Totals 27-18-13.
Youngsville 000 - 0 1 6
Titusville 0(13)5 - 18 13 1
2b-A. Clark (T), Bowser (T) 2. 3b-Garrett (T). HR-Bowser (T). WP-Grosch. LP-Gustafson.