Lady Crusader softball falls to Kane 5-1

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders dropped a 5-1 contest to the Kane Lady Wolves on Thursday afternoon at Benzinger Park. The game was picked up one-third of the way through the top of the fourth inning after being suspended due to rain last Wednesday. The Lady Wolves held a 1-0 lead at the time the game was suspended last week and added another run Thursday in the fifth and three more in the seventh. ECC scored their only run in the sixth.Abbey Bauer went the distance on the mound for ECC, giving up five hits, walking three, and striking out six. Kyla Hoag worked the mound for Kane, giving up five hits, walking one, and striking out 10. The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Kristy Hanes and Rachel Stauffer with doubles, and Michelle Imbrogno, Lyndsey Trumbull, and Sierra Meyer with singles. The Lady Wolves also had five runs. Kaila Jamerson had a double and a single. Sam Ferranto hit a triple, and Haylee Walters and Hoag both singled. When the game resumed Thursday in the top of the fourth, the Lady Wolves had the bases loaded with one out. Bauer did a good job getting the Lady Crusaders out of the jam as she struck out the next batter. With Daria Huckabone up to bat, Cheyanne Wheatley tried to steal home on a passed ball but was thrown out at the plate. The Lady Crusaders left one runner on base in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the fifth, Huckabone started things off for Kane by reaching base on an error and advancing on a fielder's choice that allowed Hoag to reach first. After one out, a fielder's choice by Sam Ferranto scored Huckabone, extending Kane's lead to 2-0. ECC again left one runner on base in the bottom of the inning. With one out in the top of the sixth, Niki Sluga reached base on an error for Kane. As Haylee Walters struck out, she tried to steal second but was picked off by Lady Crusader catcher Kristy Hanes, ending the top of the inning. ECC scored their lone run in the home half of the inning. Michelle Imbrogno singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. With two outs, she scored on a double by Rachel Stauffer. Stauffer was left stranded, though, as Taylor DaCanal grounded to the shortstop and was unable to beat the throw to first, ending the inning with Kane on top 2-1. The Lady Wolves scored their final three runs in the top of the seventh. Huckabone reached base on an error and advanced on a fielder's choice that saw Hoag out at first. A single by Kaila Jamerson scored Huckabone, and Jamerson scored on a triple by Ferranto. Wheatley was out as she hit a shot to the first baseman, but Ferranto scored on the play, making Kane's lead 5-1. After one out in the bottom of the inning Sierra Meyer singled, but was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice that allowed Maddy Schneider to reach first. Schneider was left stranded, though, as Jessie Ginther flied out to right field, giving Kane the 5-1 victory. The Lady Crusaders are now 16-2 on the season and will be back in action today when they travel to St. Marys for a 4:15 p.m. contest against the Lady Dutch, with the junior varsity game to follow. Kane 5Daria Huckabone 4-2-0, Kyla Hoag 3-0-1, Kaila Jamerson 4-1-2, Sam Ferranto 4-1-1, Cheyanne Wheatley 3-0-0, Tristan Hillman 3-0-0, Angie Geer 3-0-0, Niki Sluga 2-0-0, Haylee Walters 3-1-1, E. Truden 0-0-0. Totals 29-5-5. Elk Catholic 1Jessie Ginther 4-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 3-1-1, Kristy Hanes 3-0-1, Lyndsey Trumbull 3-0-1, Rachel Stauffer 3-0-1, Taylor DaCanal 3-0-0, Mackenzie Neureiter 3-0-0, Sierra Meyer 3-0-1, Maddy Schneider 1-0-0, Abbey Bauer 0-0-0. Totals 26-1-5. Score by innings RKane 001 010 3 5ECCHS 000 001 0 1JVs winThe JV Lady Crusaders improved their record to 11-4-1 with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the visiting Lady Beavers from DuBois. ECC spotted DuBois a 8-1 lead after 2 innings and came back to claim victory with a 9-8 triumph. Leading the ECC girls was Hayley DaCanal on the mound pitching shutout softball the last three innings of the contest. It was a game of timely hitting by the Maroon and Gold as Tara Trumbull had two RBI with a hard-hit double and Carli Schneider stroked a double and a triple to round out the offensive threat.  The Lady Crusaders are back in action tonight as they finish out the season against their cross-town rivals, the Lady Dutch.