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St. Marys Areaâ€™s Rachel Gintherâ€™s single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Kali Quagliani from second base, giving the Lady Dutch a 1-0 victory over the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders Friday afternoon at the SMAHS softball field.
Fridayâ€™s game was a pitcherâ€™s duel between Rachel Ginther of the Lady Dutch and Taylor Schlimm of the Lady Crusaders. Ginther went the distance for St. Marys, giving up two hits and striking out 14. Schlimm went the distance for Elk Catholic, giving up three hits and striking out six.
â€śThatâ€™s what a fast-pitch softball game is supposed to be like, two pitchers battling it out,â€ť said St. Marys coach Manny Gerarge.
â€śKaliâ€™s (Quagliani) big at-bat and Rachelâ€™s (Ginther) big hit to go along with her pitching performance were the difference in the game,â€ť noted Gerarge. â€śIt was a good game.â€ť
Getting the three hits for St. Marys were Erica Sorg, Rachel Ginther and Mandy Gerarge, all singles.
For Elk, Jessie Ginther had a double and Michelle Imbrogno singled.
â€śIt was a good pitcherâ€™s duel between two good pitchers,â€ť said ECCHS assistant coach Digger Oâ€™Dell.
The top of the first inning saw Ginther strike out the side. The Lady Dutch went down in order in the home half of the first inning.
Elk Catholic went down in order in the top of the second. In the home half of the inning, Mandy Gerarge reached base on a bunt single with one out. She was called out for leaving the base early on the first pitch to the next batter. The next batter flew out to end the inning.
Each team went down in order in the third inning. The Lady Crusaders went down in order in the top half of the fourth inning. With one out in the home half of the inning, Quagliani reached base on an error and stole second and third. She attempted to score on a passed ball, but was thrown out as ECC catcher Torie Gradizzi flipped to Schlimm covering the plate to get the out. The next batter grounded out to end the inning.
It was three up and three down for each team in the fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, Elk Catholic threatened as Imbrogno singled with one out. Jessie McLaughlin reached base on a throwing error. Imbrogno attempted to score on a fly out to left, but was thrown out 7-2-5, Mandy Gerarge to Hayley McGowan to Savanah Krivyonak, to end the top of the inning. St. Marys went down in order in their half of the inning.
Elkâ€™s Jessie Ginther led off the top of the seventh with a double. The next three batters went down in order. In the home half of the inning, Erica Sorg led off with a single. She was caught attempting to steal second. Quagliani reached base on an error and moved to second on the play. Rachel Ginther singled to the right side of the diamond, enabling Quagliani to score the winning run as the Lady Dutch won 1-0.
The Lady Dutch ended their regular season with a 14-4 record. They now await the pairings for the District 9-AAA tournament to be determined this weekend by the District 9 committee.
Friday night was Senior Night for the Lady Dutch as their lone senior, Mandy Gerarge, and her parents were recognized in pre-game ceremonies.
The Lady Crusaders are now 14-5 on the season. They will host Curwensville this afternoon at 4 p.m. at Benzinger Park in a make-up game.
Hannah McGowan 3-0-0, Jessie Ginther 2-0-1, Anna Hawkins 3-0-0, Jen Cappiello 3-0-0, Lyndsey Trumbull 3-0-0, Taylor Schlimm 2-0-0, Kristy Hanes 2-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 2-0-1, Jessie McLaughlin 2-0-0, Torie Gradizzi 0-0-0. Totals 22-0-2.
St. Marys 1
Erica Sorg 3-0-1, Kali Quagliani 3-1-0, Rachel Ginther 3-0-1, Hayley McGowan 2-0-0, Mandy Gerarge 2-0-1, Savanah Krivonyak 2-0-0, Cassie Wonderling 2-0-0, Taylor Bellina 2-0-0, Raelyn Cunningham 2-0-0, Kelsey Fritz 0-0-0. Totals 21-1-3.
Score by innings R
ECCHS 000 000 0 0
SMAHS 000 000 1 1