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May 23, 2014

WM, Lady Hounds to play for D-10 titles

- — The West Middlesex and Wilmington High softball teams will play for District 10 championships on Monday after earning wins on Thursday in the semifinals.

In Class A, West Middlesex beat Saegertown, 8-1, and Wilmington ousted Titusville, 6-4, in Class AA. Both games were at Allegheny College in Meadville.

The Hickory girls suffered an 11-3 loss to Ft. LeBoeuf in the Class AAA semifinals Thursday at Penn State-Behrend in Erie.

In the Class A baseball semis, Union City ousted Lakeview 7-4 at Northwestern High School.

In Class AAA baseball today, Grove City will try to advance to the district title game on Monday as they battle Corry at 4 p.m. at Slippery Rock University’s Jack Critchfield Park.

SOFTBALL

Class A

ä West Middlesex 8, Saegertown 1 —
At Robertson Field at Allegheny College in Meadville, standout pitcher Jordyn Allen fired a complete-game 3-hitter with 9 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Ms. Reds advanced to Monday’s D-10 title tilt.

West Middlesex plated 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning and Allen shut down the defending District 10 champion Lady Panthers the entire game — only allowing 3 singles by 3 different hitters.

“We took advantage of a couple miscues they had, got runners on and got hits at the right time,” said WM coach Nick Donatelli, who is a 1995 graduate of Sharon High School.

Offensively for the Ms. Reds, Macy Siefert had 2 singles and 3 RBI, Megan Hazlett drove in a pair of runs with 2 singles and Hannah Havens ripped a pair of singles.

Emma Osborne started for Saegertown and pitched 5 innings. She struck out 2, walked 1, hit 5 batters and gave up 5 runs on 4 hits. Becca Siple closed it out with no strikeouts, 3 walks and gave up the remaining 3 runs on 3 hits.

“We are obviously excited,” said Donatelli about playing for the D-10 crown. “I told Jordyn before the game that she’s the key to how far we go. We can’t have more than two or three walks a game. She limited that to one, hit her spots and the girls just fed off of her.”

Saegertown beat Sharpsville, 10-2, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday while the Ms. Reds had earned a bye in the semifinals.

WM battles Iroquois at 2 p.m. Monday at Penn State-Behrend for the D-10 crown. Iroquois ousted Cochranton, 6-1, on Thursday and beat Reynolds on Tuesday.

“Iroquois is a very similar team to us,” said Donatelli. “We stuck around (at Allehgeny) and watched the game. It’ll be interesting.”

Last season, Saegertown had a bye into the semifinals and then beat Reynolds (11-1) before shutting out Iroquois (5-0) in the title game. WM lost in the quarterfinals to Reynolds (5-4).

WM was in the title game in 2011, but lost to Cochranton. The last time they won the district title was in 2004 over Linesville.

Class AA

ä Wilmington 6, Titusville 4 —
At Allegheny College in Meadville, the Lady Greyhounds withstood a seventh-inning rally to advance to the District 10 Class AA Championship game.

“It feels so great to win,” Wilmington pitcher Kayleigh Shenker said. “We’ve been working all year for this. It’s finally paying off.”

With the win, Wilmington (15-3) will meet Northwestern (15-3), a 7-0 winner over General McLane, at 4 p.m. Monday at Penn State Behrend for the District 10 championship.

Last year, Northwestern eliminated Wilmington with a 9-5 decision in the district quarterfinals.

“All year, we’ve been working towards the D-10 title game and we’re so happy to be there,” Shenker said. “We’re definitely ready. We’re ready to play them again and hopefully win this time.”

With the Lady ‘Hounds holding a four-run advantage entering the top of the seventh, Titusville (13-4) cut into the lead with a two-run home run from Megan Bowser with one away. Amy Clark followed the blast with a single before advancing to third on a wild pitch, but Shenker got routine grounders to shortstop Alanna Elliott to end the threat.

“It was kind of scary, but we all kept our cool,” Shenker said. “There were some worries, but we always make sure we stay in the game and stay confident. We finished it strong.”

Shenker pitched herself out of a jam in the first inning after the first two Titusville batters singled without allowing a run.

Wilmington wasn’t as kind to Lady Rockets pitcher Jennifer Clark.

Clark walked Cassidy Marett with one away. Marett stole second without a throw and scored on Courtney Cohen’s single one out later. Elliott and Shenker each singled to fill the base paths with Lady Greyhounds, but a strike out to ended the threat.

“It was feeling like déjà vu from Tuesday,” Wilmington coach Tom Reed said. “We hadn’t even got to bat yet. They have confidence and we were hitting the ball hard. We’re not striking out. We’re making contact.”

After Amy Clark’s solo homer down the left-field line knotted the score at one in the top of the fourth, Wilmington answered its half of the inning.

Nikki McCown reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on Chelsea Rogel’s single. She came around to score on Marett’s single.

“The kids just hang tough,” Reed said. “It’s their experience. I have six seniors in the starting lineup. They just hang in there and never give up.”

After Titusville pulled into a 2-2 stalemate in the fifth, the Lady ’Hounds broke the game open with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Three-straight singles from Lexi Donati, Cohen and Elliott pushed Donati across the plate for a 3-2 lead. One out later, Aryn Boyer drilled a 2-run single to plate Cohen and Elliott.

“Those are our contributors,” Reed said. “They’ve come up big today. Aryn’s been struggling at the plate lately, but she’s been putting in extra work. It paid off.”

Wilmington extended its lead to 6-2 when Marett doubled and scored on Donati’s second single of the contest.

Shenker went the distance, scattering 10 hits and allowing 3 earned runs. She walked 1 and struck out 1.

“The defense is the biggest part,” she said. “They are awesome. They always back me up and that’s very much needed.”

Rogel and Marett each singled and doubled to pace Wilmington, while Marett had an RBI. Donati, Cohen, Elliott and Boyer had 2 hits apiece. Boyer had 2 RBIs, while Marett, Donati, Cohen and Elliott each drove in a run.

Bowser and Amy Clark led Titusville with home runs. Jennifer Clark was handed the loss, allowing 6 runs on 12 hits and two walks. She struck out five.

“This is a great feeling,” Reed said. “This is what we’ve been shooting for. It’s our goal. Well, our first goal anyway.” — Information submitted by New Castle News Sports Writer Corey J. Corbin.

Class AAA

ä Ft. LeBoeuf 11, Hickory 3 — At Penn State-Behrend in Erie, the season came to an end for the Lady Hornets (13-2) as they suffered an 8-run loss to the defending D-10 champion Lady Bison.

Hannah Cass picked up the mound victory for Ft. LeBoeuf. She fanned 3 batters, walked 2 and gave up all 3 runs on 8 hits.

Megan Chess, Sabrina Black and Chelsea Marriott all split time on the mound for the Lady Hornets, who committed 8 errors.

Chess pitched 1ì innings with 2 strikeouts, 4 walks and allowed 2 runs on 3 hits. Black pitched 1 frame with 1K, no walks and yielded 2 runs on 2 hits. Marriott closed it out. She whiffed 1, issued no walks and gave up 7 runs on 6 hits.

Kelsey Kuzma had 3 hits for LeBoeuf while Allie Ludwig and Haley Vorpagel both ripped 2-run singles.

For Hickory, Chess and Mariott both had 2 singles and an RBI, Mikhaila Layshock ripped an RBI single and Black, Alyssa Kostka and Hannah Gallagher all had singles.

“We have three incredible seniors who will be missed by coaches and players alike,” said Hickory coach Tanya McClafferty. “They are Morgan McBride (catcher), Madison Collier (center fielder) and Kostka (second baseman).

Ft. LeBoeuf advances to play Warren in the D-10 title game at noon on Monday at PSU-Behrend. It will be the 4th straight year the 2 teams have played for the district crown.

Last season, LeBoeuf beat Corry (2-0) in the semifinals and then edged Warren (2-1) for the championship. Hickory fell in the semis to Warren (10-0).

LeBoeuf ended up playing in the PIAA title game in State College last season, losing to Valley View (5-0). Along the way, they beat West Allegheny (2-0), Greensburg Salem (1-0) and Ambridge (4-1) in the PIAA playoffs.

BASEBALL

Class A

ä Union City 7, Lakeview 4 —
At Northwestern High School, the Bears ousted the Sailors in the semifinals.

No information on the game was reported to The Herald.

Union City advances to Monday’s D-10 title game at a site and time TBD. They will play Eisenhower, which beat Rocky Grove 5-0 on Thursday at Northwestern High.

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