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The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team used the two-hit pitching of Taylor Schlimm to raise their record to 6-1 on the year with an 11-0, five-inning victory over the Bradford Lady Owls Friday afternoon at Benzinger Park.
In picking up her sixth win, Schlimm faced 17 batters, surrendering two singles and striking out 10.
For Bradford, Erika Baka gave up 12 hits and walked six.
The Lady Crusaders had 12 hits in the contest, led by Kristy Hanesâ€™ four singles. Jena Struble and Taylor Schlimm each had two singles, while Lyndsey Trumbull had a double. Jessie Ginther, Michelle Imbrogno and Maddy Schneider each singled. Schneider had a hit and a walk in her first varsity start in center field.
â€śWe did quite well considering we havenâ€™t played in 10 days,â€ť said ECCHS coach Joe Coroso. â€śTaylor Schlimm retired 10 of the 17 batters she faced by herself and Kristy (Hanes) had a great day at the plate.â€ť
Schlimm struck out the side in the top half of the first inning. With one out in the home half of the inning, Struble singled. Hanes followed with a single and Trumbull reached base on an error. A walk to Imbrogno scored Struble to give Elk the 1-0 lead.
Bradford went down in order in the top of the second inning. Schneider walked with one out and moved to second on a passed ball. Ginther singled, with Schneider being thrown out at the plate. Struble walked and stole second. Ginther scored on a passed ball, as did Struble, giving Elk the 3-0 lead.
Schlimm struck out the side in the third inning. Imbrogno led off the home half of the inning with a walk. She moved to second and third on passed balls. With one out, Rachel Stauffer walked and stole second base. A single by Schneider scored Imbrogno. Stauffer scored on a passed ball. Ginther reached base on an error. A single by Struble scored Schneider. A single by Hanes scored Ginther and a double by Trumbull scored Struble as Elk led 8-0.
The fourth inning found Bradford hitting into three groundouts. In the home half of the inning, Stauffer reached base on an error. With one out, Ginther walked. With two outs, Hanes singled to load the bases. Stauffer scored on an error, with Ginther and courtesy runner Mackenzie Neureiter moving up a base. A single by Schlimm scored both Ginther and Neureiter to give Elk the 11-0 lead.
Bradford left two runners on base in the top of the fifth as Elk Catholic recorded the 11-0 win.
The Lady Crusaders return to action Monday when they travel to DuBois to take on the DuBois Central Lady Cardinals at 4:15 p.m.
Amber Abers 2-0-0, Dallas Helgren 2-0-0, Erika Bacha 2-0-0, Lexy Pascarella 2-0-0, Lindsey Rinfrette 2-0-1, Rylee Lundgren 2-0-0, Marissa Cobb 2-0-1, Ashlyn Kelly 2-0-0, Abby Evers 1-0-0. Totals 17-0-2.
Jessie Ginther 3-3-1, Jena Struble 3-3-2, Kristy Hanes 4-0-4, Mackenzie Neureiter 0-2-0, Taylor Schlimm 3-0-2, Lyndsey Trumbull 4-1-1, Michelle Imbrogno 1-1-1, Taylor DaCanal 3-0-0, Rachel Stauffer 2-2-0, Stephanie Zimmerman 0-0-0, Maddy Schneider 2-1-1. Totals 25-13-12.
Score by innings R
Bradford 000 00 0
ECCHS 125 3x 11