The Conneaut softball team blasted open a 2-2 tie with a seven-spot in the fourth inning, leading up to a 12-6 victory over Grove City in both teams’ Region 6 opener on Wednesday.
“We batted around in the (fourth) inning,” said Conneaut head coach Stephanie Baer. “The girls really woke up there. They had been through the lineup. They got the nerves out, being the first game. I expected that coming in, I knew that we would be nervous. We didn’t really want to play a region game as our first game. But it happened the way it did and the girls came ready to play. I’m proud of them.”
The Lady Eagles (1-0, 1-0 Region 6) scattered a dozen hits in the ball game. Emily Baum was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Rebecca Hazen was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored.
The Eagles also had four extra base hits. Kristen Laird and Kendra Miller had back-to-back triples in the decisive fourth. Kristen Baker and Brooke Phelps both hit doubles. Baker scored three times out of the lead-off spot.
Sahara Blair earned the win in the circle for Conneuat, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits while walking five and striking out five.
“(Blair) did great,” said Baer. “The first inning was a little bit shaky, she walked the first batter. But, the same as batting, as soon as she got her nerves out she came around.”
’Hounds dump Saegertown
WILMINGTON — Three home runs powered Wilmington Wednesday afternoon to a 13-1 home win over Saegertown in five innings in a non-region tilt.
Wilmington wasted no time getting on the board, scoring nine runs in the bottom of the first, including a pair of homers in the frame.
In the third inning, Wilmington added to its lead with a four-run inning to push the lead to 13-0 before the Panthers scored in the top half of the fourth.
Kayleigh Shenker did damage on the bump for Wilmington, pitching all five innings and allowing three hits while striking out six.
Saegertown drops to 1-2 on the season with the loss, while Wilmington improves to 2-0.
Cardinals fly by Orioles
FRANKLIN — The Cochranton softball team scattered 13 hits on offense and pitcher Natalie Brock fired a three-hit shutout as the Cardinals downed non-region opponent Rocky Grove 7-0 on Wednesday.
Among the top hitters for Cochranton was Brittany Jackson and Katy Dunn, who both had three base hits. One of Jackson’s was a triple. She also scored three runs. Dunn scored twice and drove in three. Sami Kinter added two doubles and drove in three runs. And Kali Miller hit a pair of singles.
As for Brock, apart from the trio of singles she allowed, she walked none and struck out a whopping 13 batters as the Cardinals improved to 2-0 on the year.
Bears bounce Eagles
YOUNGSVILLE — The Union City softball team is off to a 2-0 start to the 2014 season after besting non-region opponent Youngsville 7-4 on Wednesday.
Autumn Kinney led UC with three hits on four at-bats, including a double. Brooke Chelton and Courtney Brumagin had two hits apiece.
Noelle Wienczkowski earned the win on the mound, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Panthers blast Tigers
SAEGERTOWN — Scott Sada set the tone with a lead-off home run and Saegertown took the cue to roll to an 11-1 win over Maplewood in Region 3 baseball action on Wednesday at Ed Acker American Legion Field in Saegertown.
Sada had a monster offensive day, going 3-for-3 with a homer, three runs and two RBIs for the Panthers (6-0, 1-0 Region 3). Mithcell Wood drove in four, including a three-run triple in the second inning. Tyler Wise was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a two-run homer in the second. Lance Neuscheler scored twice in the win.
Isaiah Stearns went 2-for-3 to pace the Tigers (0-1, 0-1).
Lakers top Cards
COCHRANTON — Joe Turano went 2-for-3 with two runs and a two-run double to lead Mercyhurst Prep to a 12-2, five-inning non-region baseball victory over Cochranton on Wednesday.
Kyle O’Connell went 2-for-4 with two runs and a pair of RBIs for the Lakers, while Ben Forciek was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs.
Logan Jacobs went 1-for-2, accounting for the only hit for the Cardinals (0-2), had an RBI and stole a pair of bases. Jesse Staudt had an RBI and run and also stole a pair of bases in the loss.