Faced with the looming threat of rain on Monday afternoon, the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team made quick work of the Sheffield Lady Wolverines, blanking them 18-0 in three innings in a contest played at Benzinger Park.
"We were happy to get all of our players into the game and finish before the rain returned, although it did put a 'damper' on senior night festivities," said ECC coach Joe Coroso. "This was one of those games where everyone contributed."
ECC scored seven in the first and 11 in the second while holding Sheffield scoreless.
Abbey Bauer worked the mound for ECC, giving up two hits, walking two, and striking out three.
Maddie Fiscus started on the mound for the Lady Wolverines, working one and one-third innings, giving up six hits, walking six, and striking out one. Hannah Vile worked the final two-thirds of an inning, walking three and striking out one.
Leading the way on offense for the Lady Crusaders was Lyndsey Trumbull with a triple and a single. Mackenzie Neureiter recorded a pair of singles, and Taylor DaCanal and Stephanie Zimmerman both singled.
The Lady Wolverines' two hits both came in the first inning on singles by Justine Barr and Brooke Hoffman.
With one out in the top of the first inning, Justine Barr singled to put a runner on base for Sheffield. She was picked off at second, though, on a fielder's choice that saw Maddie Fiscus reach first. Fiscus advanced to second on a single by Brooke Hoffman, but both were left stranded as the next batter struck out. The Lady Crusaders quickly set about scoring runs in the bottom half of the inning. Jessie Ginther reached base on a dropped third strike and Michelle Imbrogno walked. While Kristy Hanes was at bat, Ginther scored on a passed ball to put the Lady Crusaders on the board. Hanes reached on an error, scoring Imbrogno. Sierra Meyer entered as a courtesy runner for Hanes and advanced to second after Lyndsey Trumbull was hit by a pitch. A fielder's choice allowed Rachel Stauffer to reach first, but also brought about the second out as Meyer was thrown out at third. Taylor DaCanal then flied out to center field for ECC's second out of the inning. While Mackenzie Neureiter was at bat, Trumbull scored on a passed ball, and then Neureiter's single also scored Stauffer. Stephanie Zimmerman walked to put another runner on base for ECC, and a fielder's choice by Maddy Schneider loaded the bases. Ginther came up to bat again and advanced to first after being hit by a pitch, scoring Neureiter. A walk by Imbrogno scored Zimmerman. Schneider would also go on to score, and a fielder's choice by Hanes saw Imbrogno thrown out at second to end the inning with the Lady Crusaders up 7-0.
Abbey Bauer sent Sheffield's batters down in order in the top of the second inning. ECC pushed 11 more runs through in the home half of the inning. Trumbull started things off with a single and advanced to second as Stauffer walked. DaCanal singled and picked up second as Trumbull scored. A single by Neureiter scored Stauffer and DaCanal scored on a passed ball. Zimmerman singled to score Neureiter. A walk by Schneider advanced Zimmerman to second and then Ginther brought about the first out of the inning as she flied out to center field. Imbrogno singled, scoring Zimmerman, and Schneider later scored on a passed ball. Imbrogno advanced to second after Hanes was hit by a pitch. Both Imbrogno and Meyer, who was courtesy running for Hanes, picked up a base on a passed ball, and both scored on a triple by Trumbull. Trumbull managed to score, giving the Lady Crusaders a 15-run lead. After Stauffer walked, the Lady Wolverines decided to change pitchers, sending Vile to the mound for the final two-thirds of the inning. She walked DaCanal and Neureiter to load the bases, and then Stauffer scored as Zimmerman walked. DaCanal scored the final run of the inning for ECC. A fielder's choice by Schneider brought about the second out as Neureiter was out at third, and then Ginther struck out to end the inning with ECC holding on to a 17-0 advantage.
With two outs in the top of the third, Barr and Fiscus both walked, but Hoffman grounded to the pitcher and was not able to beat the throw to first, ending the game and handing ECC the 17-0 victory just as it began raining again.
ECC's three seniors and their parents were all recognized in a brief pre-game ceremony. The Lady Crusaders, now 14-1, will return to action on Wednesday when they host the Kane Lady Wolves in a 4:15 p.m. game.
Hannah Vile 2-0-0, Justine Barr 1-0-1, Maddie Fiscus 1-0-0, Brooke Hoffman 2-0-1, Anna Baldensberger 1-0-0, Rachel Maines 1-0-0, Zarah Pratz 1-0-0, Sami Pollock 1-0-0, Anna Mihalic 1-0-0. Totals 11-0-2.
Elk Catholic 18
Jessie Ginther 3-1-0, Michelle Imbrogno 1-2-0, Kristy Hanes 2-0-0, Sierra Meyer 0-1-0, Lyndsey Trumbull 2-3-2, Rachel Stauffer 1-3-0, Taylor DaCanal 2-2-1, Mackenzie Neureiter 2-2-2, Stephanie Zimmerman 1-2-1, Maddy Schneider 2-2-0, Abbey Bauer 0-0-0. Totals 16-18-6.
Score by innings R
Sheffield 000 0
ECCHS 7(11)x 18