Warren, Ike Youngsville fall in softball

ERIE — Cathedral Prep jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead on four unearned runs and defeated Warren, 11-1, on Thursday.

“We struggle significantly with game-time mentality,” said Warren coach Carissa Stuart, whose Dragons fall to 2-9 overall and 2-7 in Region 5, “having a competitive mindset at all times. (Warren pitcher) Alana (Stuart) definitely struggled tonight; not getting the first-pitch strike and having to battle back into the count repeatedly was a big issue. We only have a couple weeks left and I hope to make the most of it.”

After the first two Prep batters reached by error, Stuart allowed three more baserunners in the inning, but all four runs were unearned.

Trailing 5-0, Warren allowed another unearned run in a two-run fifth inning on a throwing error back to the pitcher.

Prep batted around in the bottom of the fourth to win via the 10-run rule.

Stuart allowed 10 hits and six earned runs, striking out eight over four innings in the loss.

Offensively, Stuart homered in the top of the fourth inning for her seventh home run of the season. Alexis Jones doubled with two outs later in the inning for Warren’s only other hit off Prep winner Madison Simmerman, who struck out 10 without a walk over five frames. She was also 3-for-3 at the plate.

First-place Prep improves to 9-1 in Region 5.


RUSSELL — Cochranton defeated Eisenhower 16-3 at Werner Park due, in part, to a 12-run outburst in the fifth inning.

The Knights jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a Riley Gafner RBI single. The lead was short-lived as the Cardinals pushed two runs across the plate in the top of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. Eisenhower battled back and regained the lead in its half of the second inning when Haley Highhouse doubled in a run and Payton Frank had an RBI single to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.

Cochranton added two runs in the third inning to take the lead they would never relinquished. The Cardinals used the fifth inning to blow the game open as they pushed 12 runs across the plate.

The Knights had 11 hits and were led by Julia Gesing, who went 3-for-3 and Frank and Gafner both went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Eisenhower will look to get back on the winning track Friday when it hosts Kane at 4 p.m. at Werner Park.


YOUNGSVILLE — Izzy Somerville crushed a three-run homer and teammate Lexus Whitman also homered as Maplewood claimed an 11-0 victory over the Youngsville Eagles at Youngsville High School.

Jillian Shoemaker and Brianna Kope were each 3-for-3 for the Tigers while Sophia Niedbala also collected three hits for the winners.

Maplewood pitcher Rhinn Post didn’t allow a baserunner until the fourth inning when Marli Rectenwald singled to right. Post pitched four of the five innings and struck out six batters before being relieved.

In the bottom of the fifth, Youngsville was able to load the bases thanks to Kamden Swearingen and Vanessa Romanosky walks and an Ireland Abraham hit by pitch but the Eagles were ultimately unable to push any runs across the dish.

Youngsville was also defeated in the junior varsity game but Caitlyn Pikna was 2 for 2 with a triple for the Eagles.

The Eagles return to action Tuesday when they travel to Cochranton.

MAPLEWOOD (11): Niedbala, rf, 4-2-3-1, Somerville, cf, 3-1-1-3, Despenes, ss, 4-0-1-1, Lane, 2b, 4-1-1-0, Whitman, c, 4-1-1-1, Banik, 3b, 3-1-0-0, Shoemaker, dh, 3-2-3-0, Kope, lf, 3-2-3-2, Post, p, 3-1-2-2, Holeva, p, 0-0-0-0, Crawford, cr, 0-0-0-0, Totals: 31-11-15-10

YOUNGSVILLE (0): Alyssa Gentz, c, 3-0-0-0, Marli Rectenwald, lf, 2-0-1-0, Hailey Gray, cf, 2-0-0-0, Molly Helman, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Kamden Swearingen, p, 1-0-0-0, Madison Carnahan, 2b, 2-0-0-0, Ireland Abraham, ss, 1-0-0-0, Vanessa Romanosky, 1b, 1-0-0-0, Marissa VanGuilder, rf, 2-0-0-0, Totals: 16-0-1-0

Maplewood 143 30 – 11 15

Youngsville 000 00 – 0 1

2b- Kope (M), Post (M). 3b- Kope (M). HR- Somerville (M), Whiteman (M). WP- Post. LP- Kamden Swearingen.


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