The St. Marys Lady Dutch pulled out to a big lead with two strong innings and went on to a 17-3, 5-inning win over Ridgway Friday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
St. Marys had four runs in the first inning and seven in the second inning to pull out to an 11-0 lead and take control of the game.
Kali Quagliani started the threat for St. Marys in the first inning with a 1-out double to left field and scored on a double off the bat of Rachel Ginther. Hayley McGowan hit into a fielder's choice and scored courtesy runner Courtney Bankovich. Mandy Gerarge reached on a Ridgway error and scored as Savanah Krivonyak hit a single which was misplayed in the Ridgway outfield and rolled all the way to the fence, scoring both Gerarge and Krivonyak and making the lead 4-0.
Mia Keener opened the second inning with a walk and after a groundout, Keener scored on a single from Erica Sorg. Sorg would cross the plate on a single from Quagliani for a 6-0 lead. Ginther singled and a single from Hayley McGowan scored Quagliani. Gerarge singled to score both Bankovich and courtesy runner Kristen Huff to extend the lead. After a walk from Krivonyak, a double from Cassie Wonderling plated both Gerarge and Krivonyak to make the lead 11-0.
Ridgway would answer with a run in the second inning on its end. Ashley Viglione led off with a walk. After a Ridgway strikeout, Viglione attempted to go to second and the throw to second went into the outfield and allowed Viglione to score Ridgway's first run.
Each team was held scoreless in the third inning and St. Marys added a single run in the fourth inning. Morgan Lovenduski walked o lead off the inning and Krivonyak singled. A fielder's choice to second took Lovenduski off the bases and put Wonderling at first. A walk loaded the bases from Keener and Kelsey Fritz hit a popup to second and put the infield fly rule into effect. Krivonyak scored after the play as the ball dropped at second to put the Lady Dutch ahead 12-1.
In the fifth, Quagliani walked and was doubled home by Ginther. McGowan was hit by a pitch and Lovenduski was walked. Bankovich and Huff both courtesy ran and scored on a single by Keener. Lovenduski and Keener both scored on a single from Krivonyak and the Lady Dutch had a 17-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth.
Ridgway would still put together some offense in the fifth inning to close the margin. Taylor Roseto walked to lead off the inning and after a strikeout, Melissa Wehler and Jenni Thomas both singled. Bri Stenta then hit a single which got through the St. Marys infield and scored both Roseto and Wehler.
The Lady Dutch had 16 hits, Ginther and Krivonyak each had three. Sorg, Quagliani and Keener had a pair of hits each. Krivonyak and Bankovich each led the Lady Dutch with three runs scored and Krivonyak led the way with four RBI. Eight St. Marys players had one RBI or more during the game.
"Ridgway, they're coming along. They started putting the bat on the ball," St. Marys coach Manny Gerarge said. "We had a good-hitting game. The girls, they're pretty disciplined at the plate. We were a little sloppy on defense and we'll work on that heading into next week. We got some big games next week. We're just trying to get ready to go into the district playoffs and just continuing to work."
Wehler had two hits to lead the way for the Lady Elkers.
"They're probably one of the top teams in the district," Ridgway coach Gary Gerber II said. "I thought they hit the ball better off of her, last time we didn't score anything. As far as hitting-wise, we hit better. Jenni had a hit, Wehler had two hits. We knew going in it was going to be a tough game. They didn't give up, they kept battling. We get ready for five games in four days next week."
Ridgway is scheduled to travel and face Brockway at 4:15 p.m. Monday while St. Marys travels to Williamsport.
St. Marys 17
Erica Sorg 4-1-2, Kali Quagliani 4-3-2, Rachel Ginther 3-0-3, Hayley McGowan 3-0-1, Mandy Gerarge 2-2-1, Savanah Krivonyak 4-3-3, Cassie Wonderling 4-0-1, Mia Keener 3-2-2, Kelsey Fritz 2-0-0, Courtney Bankovich 0-3-0, Kristen Huff 0-2-0, Morgan Lovenduski 0-1-0, Amber Gerarge 1-0-1. Totals 30-17-16.
Melissa Wehler 3-1-2, Jenni Thomas 3-0-1, Bri Stenta 3-0-1, Ashley Viglione 1-1-0, Breezy Mazur 2-0-0, Sam Kovalyak 2-0-0, Sydney Kovalyak 2-0-0, Taylor Roseto 1-1-0, Jill Gaio 2-0-0, Morgan Herzing 0-0-0, Jenna Hoffman 0-0-0. Totals 19-3-4.
Score by innings R
St. Marys 470 15 17
Ridgway 010 02 3