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With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team was down 3-1 to the Brockway Lady Rovers and it looked like ECC might record their first loss of the young season. The team's only run had come from Jena Struble in the third inning, and they were not even in a position to tie the game with only a runner on second base. However, the squad did not give up and was able to play smart and rally back, with Sadie Viglione hitting a walk-off single that scored courtesy runner Maddy Schneider to give ECC a 4-3 victory in their home opener on Tuesday afternoon at Benzinger Park.
"Never say die," said ECC coach Joe Coroso. "The game was frustrating until the seventh, as we were hitting the ball but usually right at someone and had left eight runners on base through the sixth inning. Our base running miscommunication and Brockway's solid defense held us to one run until the two-out rally at the end. To say these players never gave up is an understatement, as they fought hard and came through under pressure. I'm very proud of them today."
The Lady Rovers took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Elk Catholic tied things up in the third; however, Brockway pulled back ahead in the fourth with two more runs to go ahead 3-1.
Elk Catholic's offense was led by Lyndsey Trumbull, Kristy Hanes, Jena Struble, and Jessie Ginther, all of whom went two-for-four on the day. Trumbull and Hanes both had a double and a single, while Struble and Ginther each had a pair of singles. Michelle Imbrogno and Sadie Viglione also both singled.
Taylor Schlimm went the distance on the mound for the Lady Crusaders, giving up four hits and striking out nine.
Alex Wright went the distance on the mound for Brockway, giving up 11 hits, walking three, and striking out three.
With two outs, Ann Moyer hit a double for the Lady Rovers and was singled home by Savannah Brosky, giving Brockway a 1-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Ginther started out with a single for the Lady Crusaders, but was stranded on base as the next three batters went down in order to end the inning.
Brockway's Brooke Carlson reached base on an error to start the second inning. With one out, Adrianna Terwillinger, who was pinch running for Carlson, was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice to ring up the second out. Juliana Vokes struck out to end the inning with one runner left on base for the Lady Rovers. In the bottom half of the inning, Kristy Hanes reached base on a single for the Lady Crusaders; however, the next three batters went down in order, leaving courtesy runner Maddy Schneider stuck on base.
Brockway's batters went down in order in the top of the third inning. With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Struble walked and later stole second and third. Schlimm also walked, giving ECC runners at the corners. A single by Trumbull scored Struble and advanced Schlimm, tying the score at 1-all. Hanes also walked to load the bases; however, the team was unable to take advantage of the situation as Imbrogno was thrown out at first to end the inning.
Moyer reached base on an error to start the fourth inning for Brockway but was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice that saw Brosky, reach first. Carlson also singled, giving Brockway a pair of base runners. Dominique Martino struck out to give the Lady Rovers their second out. Brittany Johnson hit a double to right field, scoring Juli Esposito, who was a courtesy runner for Brosky, and Carlson. With Brockway up 3-1, Juliana Vokes hit a fly ball to the third baseman to end the top half of the inning. ECC's batters went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.
With a pair of outs in the top of the fifth, Sara Guilyard singled to reach base for the Lady Rovers, but was left stranded as Moyer hit a fly ball to the shortstop. In the bottom half of the inning, Ginther singled, advanced on a single by Struble, but was out at third on a fielder's choice that saw Schlimm reach first. With two runners on base, Trumbull hit a double; however, Struble was thrown out at home, keeping ECC from cutting into Brockway's lead. Hanes grounded out to the shortstop, ending the inning with two runners left on base for the Lady Crusaders.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Carlson reached base on an error. She was unable to advance, though, as the next two batters struck out. ECC did not fare much better in the bottom half of the inning. Imbrogno also reached base on an error, but the next three batters went down in order.
Brockway's batters also went down in order in the top half of the seventh. Ginther flied out to right field to start the bottom half of the inning. Struble singled, was able to advance to second on an error, and later stole third. Schlimm also flied out to right field, scoring Struble in the process to cut Brockway's lead to 3-2. Trumbull singled and stole second. A double by Hanes scored Mackenzie Neureiter, who was a pinch runner for Trumbull, to tie the score at 3-all. Imbrogno singled to give the Lady Crusaders two base runners and a single by Viglione scored Schneider, who was a courtesy runner for Hanes, giving ECC the 4-3 come-from-behind victory.
Elk Catholic is now 2-0 and will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Ridgway to take on the Lady Elkers in a 3:30 p.m. match-up, with junior varsity scheduled to follow at 5 p.m.
Alex Wright 4-0-0, Sara Guilyard 3-0-1, Ann Moyer 3-1-1, Savannah Brosky 3-0-0, Juli Esposito 0-1-0, Brooke Carlson 3-1-1, Hailey Adams 1-0-0, Dominique Martino 1-0-0, Ashley Cherubini 1-0-0, Brittany Johnson 3-0-1, Juliana Vokes 3-0-0, Gabby Bart 3-0-0. Totals 28-3-4.
Elk Catholic 4
Jessie Ginther 4-0-2, Jena Struble 3-2-2, Taylor Schlimm 2-0-0, Lyndsey Trumbull 4-0-2, Mackenzie Neureiter 0-1-0, Kristy Hanes 3-0-2, Maddy Schneider 0-1-0, Michelle Imbrogno 4-0-1, Sadie Viglione 4-0-1, Rachel Stauffer 2-0-0, Stephanie Zimmerman 1-0-0, Taylor DaCanal 3-0-0. Totals 30-4-10.
Score by innings R
Brockway 100 200 0 3
ECCHS 001 000 3 4
The ECC JV softball team recorded a decisive 24-2 win against Brockway on Tuesday at Benzinger Park.Â Abby Bauer was stellar on the mound as she pitched a two-hit, two-run gem.Â Leading the hit brigade was Sophie Yanak, Hayley DaCanal, and Michaela Cashmer.
The girls are back in action on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Ridgway.