Wonderling’s walk off home runs gives SMA 2-1 win

Cassie Wonderling’s home run in the home half of the seventh inning gave the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch softball team a 2-1 victory over the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders Friday afternoon at the SMAHS softball field.The Lady Dutch got on the board in the fourth inning to take the 1-0 lead. Elk Catholic knotted the game at 1-all with a run in the top of the sixth inning. Elk Catholic left runners stranded at second and third in the top of the seventh. The home half the seventh featured Wonderling’s walk off home run to center field.“That was a good softball game. It could have gone either way,” said St. Marys coach Manny Gerarge. “Elk Catholic always gives us a game.”“We had some injuries today but the girls stepped up and performed well today,” said Gerarge.“Cassie Wonderling’s home run was exciting. It was a nice win for our seniors in their final regular season game,” said Gerarge.“Rachel Ginther had a great game and Abbey Bauer threw well for Elk Catholic,” added Gerarge.Rachel Ginther went the distance on the mound for St. Marys giving up three hits and striking out 12. Abbey Bauer went the distance for Elk Catholic giving up four hits and striking out five.“It was a great game. One pitch made the difference,” said ECCHS coach Joe Coroso.“We had our chances but we couldn’t get the bat on the ball when we needed to,” said Coroso.“Both pitchers threw very well today,” added Coroso.Getting the four hits for St. Marys were Cassie Wonderling with the home run, Kali Quagliani, Rachel Ginther and Raelyn Cunningham all with singles.Recording the three hits for Elk Catholic were Jessie Ginther, Rachel Stauffer and Abbey Bauer all with singles.The Lady Crusaders left a runner stranded in the top half of the first inning. St. Marys did the same in the home half of the inning.The second inning saw both teams go down in order. The third inning saw Elk Catholic’s Ginther single with two outs. She stole second but was left stranded. The Lady Dutch went down in order in their half of the inning.Elk Catholic went down in order in the top of the fourth. Kali Quagliani led off the home half of the inning with an infield single. She moved to second on an error. With one out, Cassie Wonderling reached base on a fielder’s choice scoring Quagliani as St. Marys led 1-0.The fifth inning saw both teams go down in order. In the top half of the sixth inning, Bauer led off with a single. Courtesy runner Sierra Meyer stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. With one out, Imbrogno reached base on an error scoring Meyer to knot the game at 1-all. St. Marys went down in order in the sixth.The top of the seventh inning saw Lyndsey Trumbull reach base on an error for Elk. Stauffer followed with a single. Both moved up a base on a passed ball. They were left stranded as the next three batters went down in order. Wonderling led off the home half of the seventh with her home run giving St. Marys the 2-1 victory.St. Marys is now 14-4 on the season. They will open play in the District 9-AAA softball tournament next Wednesday when they host the Clearfield Lady Bisons at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Dutch are the second seed and the Lady Bisons the third seed. The winner will meet the top seeded Punxsutawney Lady Chucks for the District 9-AAA title.The Lady Crusaders are now 16-3 on the season. They will open play in the District 9-A tournament next Wednesday when they host the winner of Monday’s Otto-Eldred at Port Allegany game at 4:30 p.m. at Benzinger Park.ECCHS 1Jessie Ginther 3-0-1, Michelle Imbrogno 3-0-0, Kristy Hanes 3-0-0, Lyndsey Trumbull 3-0-0, Rachel Stauffer 3-0-1, Taylor DaCanal 3-0-0, Mackenzie Neureiter 3-0-0, Stephanie Zimmerman 3-0-0, Abbey Bauer 2-0-1, Sierra Meyer 0-1-0. Totals 26-1-3.St. Marys 2Erica Sorg 3-0-0, Kali Quagliani 3-1-1, Rachel Ginther 3-0-1, Jackie Lenze 0-0-0, Andria Copelli 1-0-0, Cassie Wonderling 2-1-1, Mia Keener 2-0-0, Raelyn Cunningham 2-0-0, Amber Gerarge 2-0-0, Taylor Bellina 2-0-0, Savanah Krivonyak 2-0-0, Courtney Bankovich 0-0-0. Totals 22-2-4.Score by innings RECCHS 000 001 0 1SMAHS 000 100 1 2