Punxsutawney softball edges Lady Dutch 2-1

SMA hosts Ridgway todayThe Punxsutawney Lady Chucks softball team used a squeeze play in the top of the seventh inning to record the winning run as they edged the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at the SMAHS softball field.Punxsy took the 1-0 lead in the top of the first, with the Lady Dutch scoring in the home half of the inning. Neither team scored the remainder of the game until the top half of the seventh, when Punxsy manufactured the winning run.The game was a pitching duel between Rachel Ginther of the Lady Dutch and Randa Depp of the Lady Chucks. Both girls went the entire seven innings for their respective teams. Ginther gave up three hits, walking two and striking out 10. Depp gave up six hits and struck out 10.“We hit the ball today but couldn’t string enough of them together at the right time,” said Lady Dutch head coach Manny Gerarge. “We left runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings. “This was a quality fast-pitch softball game, a real pitchers’ duel,” said Gerarge. “We will learn from this loss. We have to work on a few things.”The Lady Dutch were led offensively by Raelyn Cunningham with a double and a single. Hitting singles were Rachel Ginther, Hayley McGowan, Mia Keener and Savanah Krivonyak.The top of the firth saw the Lady Chucks score one run on one hit and an error as they took the early 1-0 lead. St. Marys went down in order in the home half of the inning.Punxsy went down in order in the top of the second. In the home half of the inning, Keener singled with one out. She moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a double by Cunningham, knotting the game at 1-all.Both teams went in order in the third inning. The Lady Chucks left two runners on base in the top half of the fourth inning. The Lady Dutch went down in order in their half of the inning.The fifth inning saw Punxsy leave a runner on base. Cunningham led off the fifth for St. Marys with a single. She was sacrificed to second by Taylor Bellina. Krivonyak singled, sending Cunningham to third. Krivonyak stole second. However, St. Marys could not get the hit they needed as the next two batters went down in order.Punxsy went down in order in the top half of the sixth inning. With one out in the home half of the inning, Ginther and Hayley McGowan both singled. They were left stranded as the next two batters went down in order.In the top half of the seventh, Punxsy scored a run on one hit. Martin walked and was sacrificed to second by Depp-Hutchinson, who moved to third on a passed ball. With two outs, Alex Magill bunted down the first-base line, enabling Martin to score. Magill was safe at first as Punxsy led 2-1. St. Marys went down in order in the home half of the inning as Punxsy won by the 2-1 final.The Lady Dutch, now 2-1 on the season, will host the Ridgway Lady Elkers this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. at the SMAHS softball field.Punxsutawney 2Chelsea Engelhorn 4-1-2, Ashley Walls 2-0-0, Lauren Wolfe 1-0-0, Johnna Depp 3-0-0, Sydney Phillips 2-0-0, Maria Cameron 1-0-0, Savanna Hallman 1-0-0, Tori Martin 2-1-0, Janie Depp-Hutchinson 2-0-0, Ashley Bacha 2-0-0, Emily Horner 1-0-0, Alex Magill 3-0-1, Randa Depp 0-0-0. Totals 24-2-3.St. Marys 1Erica Sorg 3-0-0, Kali Quagliani 3-0-0, Rachel Ginther 3-0-1, Courtney Bankovich 0-0-0, Hayley McGowan 3-0-1, Mia Keener 3-1-1, Raelyn Cunningham 3-0-2, Taylor Bellina 2-0-0, Savanah Krivonyak 3-0-1, Kelsey Fritz 3-0-0. Totals 26-1-6.Score by innings RPunxsy 100 000 1 2St. Marys 010 000 0 1