Meadville Tribune

Sports

May 26, 2013

H.S. SOFTBALL: Panthers roll into District 10 title game with win over Raiders

WESLEYVILLE — What happens when you combine small ball with a couple blasts?

A lopsided verdict.

Beginning its quest to repeat as Distirct 10 Class A champion, Saegertown used its wheels and a three-run home run from McKenna Morian for an 11-1 victory over Reynolds on Saturday afternoon in semifinal action at Penn State Behrend.

The Lady Panthers (16-3) will play Iroquois on Monday at noon at Penn State Behrend for the D-10 championship.

SHS coach Mark McKissock is looking   forward to the showdown.

“Iroquois is a quality program,” he said. “We try to imitate them. We have scrimmaged them a few times and they are good. We have a lot of respect for their program.”

As for the win over Reynolds, McKissock was extremely pleased with his team’s effort.

“For the most part, we played a clean game ... which I’m very happy about,” he said. “We made the defensive plays when we had to and got some clutch hits.”

McKissock plays aggressive ball and Reynolds got an early dosage of it.

Without the benefit of a hit, Saegertown jumped out to 3-0 first-inning lead as the Panthers capitalized on two walks and a Raiders’ error. Arianna Hanley and Jaricka Simmerman scored on passed balls and the hustling Lexi Palmer crossed home plate when Reynolds committed a throwing error.

“Our goal is always to score first,” said McKissock.

After the small-ball strategy, the Lady Panthers went long ball in the second and sixth innings.

Freshman Becca Siple, McKissock’s No. 9 stick,  belted a run-scoring triple in the second and later scored on Hanley’s fielder’s choice to increase the Lady Panthers’ lead to 5-1.

In the sixth, Palmer — after hearing McKissock’s encouraging words, “drive one” — drilled a lead-off triple and Morian followed with her aforementioned three-run bomb. Hanley capped off Saegertown’s six-run inning with a two-run single.

Speaking of Hanley, the Panthers’ ace hurler stymied the Raiders with her assortment of pitches — scattering seven hits while striking out three and walking one.

The crafty Hanley pitched herself out of three jams.

After yielding one run in the first inning and with runners on second and third, Hanley defused the Raiders’ rally by retiring Alaura Straka on a groundout.

In the fourth, Straka and Madison Rhoades lined consecutive one-out singles, but were stranded as Hanley retired Maggie Ringer on a grounder and Danielle Babcock on a line drive to shortstop Siple.

Hanley was in a real pressure cooker in the fifth — bases loaded and none out.

No problem.

After Hailey Gearhart popped out, Hanley retired Kristen Shearer on a fielder’s choice as Siple gunned out Paige Baker at the plate. Hanley took care of the third out by striking out the next Raiders’ batter on three pitches.

Next up: Iroquois.

SHS lead-off batter Rachel DiBartolomeo was two-for-three and Hanley and Morian each drove in three runs.

Palmer, McKissock’s second baseman, made the defensive play of the game with a diving stop on Gearhart’s hard-hit grounder in the third inning.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Blue Jacket_DiRi.jpg Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

    Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • College Softball: DePauw earns NCAC sweep over Allegheny

    It’s gut-check time for the Allegheny College softball team.

    April 19, 2014

  • Biggs.jpg Big first inning leads Meadville to win over Saegertown

    So, how does one go about beating the Saegertown baseball team? It’s a question that District 10 programs have been asking themselves for years now.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor, Osborne lead Panthers to 12-1 win over CASH

    Saegertown freshman Kendra Taylor had no reason to believe that Friday afternoon’s non-region softball game would go like any other.

    April 18, 2014

  • Dunn.jpg H.S. Softball: Cards strike late for 2-0 win over Blue Devils

    “You can wait around all day,” Cochranton head softball coach Mark McGuire said. “But when the moment is there and the opportunity is in front of you, that’s when you have to get it done.”

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gallo’s single lifts CASH to win in extras

    “He got the hit because they were scared of Cole Baker,” said Cole Baker.
    He was just kidding around ... probably.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jordan Lynn Lynn leads Bulldogs over visiting Beavers

    “It’s a good thing we have that little break for Easter,” said Meadville track and field coach Carl Roznowski. “That should give her a chance to rest up those muscles.”
    Roznowski is talking about Bulldogs junior Jordan Lynn, who was a busy lady on Wednesday as the MASH boys and girls squads took on Corry in a Region 3 meet at the Barco-Duratz Athletic Complex.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Panthers stay unbeaten with win over Blue Devils

    Saegertown’s run to the District 10 boys volleyball championship a year ago was anything but easy.
    Needless to say, the Panthers have a little experience when it comes to dealing with tribulations. The Panthers put that experience to good use on Wednesday night in a Region 1 showdown.

    April 16, 2014

  • MLB replay Selig calls replay start ‘remarkable’

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport’s new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.
    While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. The new system that began March 30 vastly expands the types of plays that managers and umpires can ask to be reviewed at a replay center in New York.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cardinals roll to a sweep of Eagles

    The match only lasted three games, but Logan Herzberger still found the time to post a double-double, notching 14 kills and 18 digs while the Cochranton volleyball team swept Conneaut 25-22, 25-16, 25-18 during Region 1 action on Tuesday.

    April 15, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

In terms of the overall livability and workability of the City of Meadville, which component of the city’s infrastructure should receive top priority?

Streets
Stormwater control
Parks
Other
It’s too difficult to single one out
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks