Meadville Tribune

Breaking News

Sports

July 16, 2013

DISTRICT 1 SOFTBALL: McLane/Cochranton battles back to capture Little League title

July 16, 2013 7:00 a.m. EDINBORO — In 2010, then Cochranton coach Don Harvey stood in the dugout with his team and watched McLane jog around the softball diamond with the District 1 9 and 10 Year Old championship banner.

The following year, he watched again as McLane came out on the good end of a 10-8 decision against Cochranton in the District 1 Little League winner’s bracket final on its way to another District 1 crown.

Then, a year ago, Harvey watched yet again as McLane rolled through the District 1 Little League bracket to defend its crown. This time, Cochranton did not face McLane.

Needless to say, Harvey and his players had seen enough of McLane the last three years to know its potential. So with both teams low on numbers at the Junior League level this year and with both teams having some familiarity with one another, Harvey thought, “Why not combine the two?”

Now Harvey and Co. are champions.

McLane/Cochranton clinched the District 1 Junior League softball title on Monday with a 14-4 five-inning win over Mid-East/Titusville at the Edinboro Little League Complex.

McLane/Cochranton advances to the Section 1 tournament in St. Marys. Play begins Wednesday at St. Marys Area High School.

“It’s been a good year,” said McLane/Cochranton’s Hannah Harvey of Cochranton. “I’m glad we came to play with (McLane). Now finally we get to go to Sections this year.”

Of course, McLane and Cochranton players both did their part in earning the District 1 title. Albeit they sure didn’t do it the easy way.

McLane/Cochranton won its opening game against Cambridge Springs/Saegertown 12-2. The next day, however, McLane/Cochranton fell into the loser’s bracket following a 3-2 loss to Mid-East/Titusville.

On Friday, McLane/Cochranton beat Cambridge Springs/Saegertown again and then on Saturday eliminated Commodore Perry/Lakeview 11-3 to earn a spot in Sunday’s winner’s bracket final against Mid-East/Titusville.

On Sunday, McLane/Cochranton fell behind 5-0 before rallying back to take a 12-8 win and force yesterday’s if necessary game. And just like the day before, McLane/Cochranton spotted Mid-East/Titusville a rather sizeable advantage.

Mid-East/Titusville took a 4-0 lead after just a half-inning of play. Faith Sansom delivered an RBI single, Hadley Barker scored on a passed ball and Maggie Hunter laced a two-run single.

McLane/Cochranton got two of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to two (4-2). Harvey walked and scored on a dropped fly ball off the bat of Mia Schaller. Schaller then scored on a single by Megan Haynes. At that point, it was all McLane/Cochranton.

While Haley Carter and Abby Staley worked on a masterpiece on the mound, McLane/Cochranton’s defense and offense kicked it up a notch.

Mid-East/Titusville did not score another run and didn’t have a runner reach base past the first inning until Dawsyn Wheeling drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning. She was then caught stealing at second base.

Meanwhile, McLane/Cochranton scored in each of the final four innings. It scored the eventual game-winning run during a three-run second inning.

Haley Wells and Harvey scored on another dropped fly ball to tie the game at 4-4. Then Schaller reached on an infield error that allowed Alma Mamani to score the go ahead run.

“Once we started getting our hits going and getting into their heads, they started going down and that just brought us up even more,” Staley said.

McLane/Cochranton added two runs in the third and four in the fourth and sealed the deal with three runs in the fifth. Wells came up with the game-ending hit, a two-run single scoring Hannah Johnson and Staley.

“We come out and give up four runs right off the bat and then our defense tightened up,” coach Harvey said. “We knew we could get some hits and then it just snowballed from there. I’m really proud of all of them.”

Harvey finished the game 2-for-3 with four runs scored, three RBIs and a double. Haynes was also 2-for-3. Staley was 2-for-2 and pitched three innings of relief allowing just the walk.

For Mid-East/Titusville, Hunter was 1-for-1 with two RBIs.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • New run brings back sweet memories

    “Memories of a lifetime.”
    Former local softball standouts Hannah (Parker) Borkovich, Carissa Johnston and Samantha McKissock can relate to the emotions going through the District 1 players as they get ready to compete in the Senior League Softball World Series in Sussex County, Del. on Sunday.

    August 1, 2014

  • Celebration District 1 captures East Region title in rout

    Everyone has a dream.
    For Cochranton’s Sam Kinter that dream was to one day emulate the youngsters she watched on television taking part in the Little League World Series.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Manziel battling playbook, Hoyer in first NFL camp

    Johnny Manziel has quickly learned his college days — on the field anyway — are over.

    July 31, 2014

  • SLIDESHOW: A look back at the 2003 World Series team

    Click image for slideshow

    With the D1 team heading to this year's World Series we thought it would be fun to look back at the 2003 team who went to Kentucky.

    July 31, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 claims spot in Senior League World Series

    District 1 will represent the East in the Senior League Softball World Series which begins Sunday in Sussex County, Delaware.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 District 1 girls enjoy day off

    It was a tense day for many of the teams participating in the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Wednesday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Poll

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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