Youngsville beats Ike for first victory

Times Observer photo by Steve Younger Eisenhower catcher Julia Gesing tags out a Youngsville runner at home plate during Friday’s Region 2 softball game at Werner Park in Russell.

RUSSELL — The Youngsville softball team rallied to post a come-from-behind 12-11 Region 2 victory over Eisenhower on Friday at Werner Park.

With both teams in search of their first victory of the season, it was the Eagles who got on the scoreboard first. Freshman Marli Rectenwald singled, followed by back-to-back doubles by sophomore Hailey Grey and senior Molly Helman and a single by junior Kamden Swearingen to give Youngsville a 2-0 lead.

The lead was short-lived as the Knights scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by junior Tracey Jakubczak’s double just inside the third-base line. Senior Julia Gesing, sophomore Sammy Childs and freshman Abbie Darr also got hits in the inning to give Eisenhower a 3-2 lead.

The Knights added a pair of runs on RBI singles by senior Julia Gesing and Nikita Nelson to make it a 5-2 game after two innings.

Youngsville continued to chip away at the Eisenhower lead, adding another run in the third inning when junior Ireland Abraham drove in Helman to keep the Eagles close at 5-3.

The Knights added three runs in the third inning, highlighted by Darr’s double, which drove in Jakubczak, who reached on a single. Aliza Olsen and Riley Gafner each had RBIs for Eisenhower to increase its lead to 8-3 after three innings.

The score stayed 8-3 until the fifth inning when the Eagles would add three runs on a Vanessa Romanowski home run over the center field fence to make the score 8-6.

Youngsville was not done as it added six runs in the sixth inning on doubles by Grey and Swearingen, which brought in a pair of runs. Carnahan added an RBI on a single and sophomore Rachael Lucks drove in two runs on a single to open up a 12-8 lead.

Eisenhower came right back and scored three runs in its half of the sixth on Childs’ RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Nelson. A passed ball moved a runner across the plate to make it 12-11 heading into the seventh inning where neither team would score.

“It feels good to finally get that first win under our belt,” Youngsville coach Neil Kent said. “We battled hard today. We had some key hits when we needed them. It was a great team win. I’m really proud of how the girls played today.”

Eisenhower is back in action today when it welcomes Cambridge Springs to Werner Park for an 11 a.m. game.


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