Warren falls to St. Marys in softball
ST. MARYS — Warren ran out of gas in its fifth game in five days on Friday, falling 10-0 at St. Marys in a non-league game.
“We physically ran out of gas,” said Warren coach Carissa Stuart. “I could see it in their faces before the game that it was gonna take all we could to pull it off. We got behind early and just couldn’t muster the energy to fight back this time. I have to give it to St. Marys they came out ready. Their pitcher had us guessing at everything. We’re glad with the wins we got this week and moving on.”
St. Marys’ pitcher is junior Kendall Young, known to this area from her Little League all-star days, who finished with a no-hitter and 12 strikeouts over six innings. She hit a batter in the first inning, and senior Ellee Irwin reached on a bunt misplayed by the third baseman in the third. Young, who has 171 strikeouts over 88-2/3 innings for 13-3 St. Marys, left both runners stranded. She didn’t walk a batter.
Warren freshman Alana Stuart was matching Young until a Warren error started a three-run bottom of the third for St. Marys. Stuart, who was 4-1 on the week, struck out four in the loss.
The Lady Dragons — 11-3 overall — remain in first place in District 10 Region 5 at 11-2 and have an off day today.
DRAGONS LOSE NINTH STRAIGHT
ERIE — McDowell got up early and held off Warren, 3-1, on Friday at UPMC Park.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the sixth, JT Blum’s second hit of the day scored Anthony Errett to cut the lead to two runs. After an error and intentional walk to Ben Sowa, McDowell reliever Spencer Dietz struck out the final two batters of the inning to stop the comeback.
Blum had two hits and Errett the other in the three-hit loss.
Warren’s starting pitcher, sophomore Brady Berdine, allowed three hits and one earned run over four innings, walking four and striking out five. Aidan Zdarko finished it off with two scoreless innings, striking out two.
“Obviously would have liked to get the win, but feel like this was a step in the right direction,” said Warren coach Andrew Morrison. “For whatever reason, we seem to step up our game against them, we need to keep that consistency the rest of the year. Brady and Aidan both were fantastic. They both attacked hitters and weren’t intimidated by the opponent or the venue. Can’t ask from more from either of them.”
Warren is 3-12 overall and 3-11 in Region 5. After a loss at Warren on April 22, McDowell had won eight of nine and is 12-5 overall and is 10-3 and tied for second in the region.
“Senior night is Tuesday against Oil City,” added Morrison. “We only have two seniors, but both mean an awful lot to our program and we hope to see a good crowd there to celebrate them.”