Rachel Ginther threw a six-hitter on Thursday afternoon as the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch softball team defeated the Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers by a 4-3 score in a game played at the St. Marys Area Softball Field.
Ginther struck out 11 Hollidaysburg batters on her way to the victory and also helped her own cause with a two-run single in the fifth inning to give St. Marys the lead for good in the game.
"This was a good win for us as, we were down 3-0 and came back to pull out a league victory," said Coach Manny Gerarge following the game. "We were a little tight in the opening innings, but after that we played pretty good ball."
"Rachel had a great game on the mound today for us, striking out 11 and issuing no walks," added Gerarge. "We came up with the big hits today when we needed them, as the girls never gave up. I am proud of the way they battled back after being down early in the game. Other than the first two innings, we played pretty good softball."
Kali Quagliani led the Lady Dutch in the hitting department with a single and double, while Ginther added a two-run single and Erica Sorg also added a single.
Ashley Creamer led the Lady Tigers with two singles, followed by Julia Brustle, Hannah Mercer, Kelsey Salyards and Taylor Herr with one single each.
Kelsey Salyards took the loss for the Lady Tigers as she gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked six.
The Hollidaysburg girls used two St. Marys errors in the first inning to grab a 1-0 lead. Brustle reached first on an outfield error, then Creamer singled and Mercer reached first on an error, allowing Brustle to score. Ginther then struck out the next two batters and got the third to line out to the shortstop to end the inning and the threat. St. Marys went scoreless in their half of the inning.
Neither team scored in the second inning, as the score remained at 1-0.
Hollidaysburg used an error, a sacrifice and two singles to score two third-inning runs and take a 3-0 lead. In the lower half of the inning, the Lady Dutch picked up two runs when Sorg singled, then Quagliani doubled to score Sorg. Quagliani then came home on a infield out by Hayley McGowan to make it 3-2.
Both teams went down in order in the fourth, then in the fifth Hollidaysburg went down in order again. St. Marys picked up two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for the first time in the game. Kelsey Fritz and Sorg both drew walks to open the inning. An infield fly out was followed by a single by Ginther driving in both of the runners to give St. Marys a 4-3 lead.
Hollidaysburg went down in order again in the sixth inning. In the home half of the sixth, St. Marys threatened, having runners on second and third with one out, but were unable to push any runs across.
With St. Marys up 4-3 going into the seventh, the Lady Tigers opened the inning with a single, then two strikeouts were followed by two singles to load the bases with two outs. The number-three hitter for the Lady Tigers then hit a fly ball to right field that Taylor Bellina ran down to end the threat and the inning, thus giving the Lady Dutch the 4-3 victory.
St. Marys is now 2-1 on the season.
The Lady Dutch will be in action again this afternoon at 4:15 as they will take on the Cameron County Lady Red Raiders in a game set for the St. Marys Area High School Softball Field.
Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers 3
Julia Brustle 4-2-1, Ashley Creamer 3-0-2, Hannah Mercer 4-1-1, Courtney Storm 3-0-0, Kelsey Salyards 3-0-1, Biz Carter 3-0-0, Taylor Herr 3-0-1, Kate Sheehan 2-0-0, Nicole Danyler 1-0-0, Lauren Felix 3-0-0. Totals 29-3-6.
St. Marys Area 4
Erica Sorg 3-2-1, Kali Quagliani 3-1-2, Rachel Ginther 2-0-1, Hayley McGowan 3-0-0, Mandy Gerarge 3-0-0, Savanah Krivonyak 1-0-0, Mia Keener 0-0-0, Cassie Wonderling 3-0-0, Taylor Bellina 2-0-0, Kelsey Fritz 2-1-0, Raelyn Cunningham. Totals 22-4-4.
Score by innings R
Hollidaysburg 102 000 0 3
St. Marys 002 020 x 4