SAEGERTOWN — Tuesday was not a good day for the FCV American Junior League softball team.

Earlier in the day one of the team’s two pitchers quit. Then later, without a much-needed reliever in the bullpen, FCVA went on to get 10-runned by Cochranton/Mid-East, 11-1, in District 1 winner’s bracket semifinal action yesterday at Bertram Park.

Reaping the benefits of FCV’s stormy Tuesday was Cochranton/Mid-East, which moves on to face Lakeview in Friday’s winner’s bracket final.

“Actually, we would have liked to have seen their other pitcher,” said Cochranton/Mid-East coach Mark McGuire. “I think we would have hit better.”

CME built an 11-0 lead before FCVA could scratch across its lone run of the game, which Madison Smith notched on a passed ball in the fifth inning. The French Creek girls tried to make it 11-2 and negate the mercy rule when Tiffany Schlosser stole second and the pick off attempt went high. Schlosser headed for third but a nice throw from outfielder Becca Sturey to Amanda Mosier at the bag ended the threat and the game.

“At the end it was our defense that pulled it out for us,” said McGuire. “It’s a team game and team defense wins championships.”

Offensively, CME didn’t need to do too much. The Mid-East contingent received 13 free bases, including 10 walks, and also got help from a couple FCVA errors.

“When they did put us on, and when we got our opportunities, we were pretty aggressive on the base paths,” said coach McGuire. “We’ve been preaching to these girls to stay aggressive on the base paths and take care of what needs to be done.”

McGuire’s squad scored 11 runs on just three hits. Mosier singled and scored in the second inning during which CME amassed six runs. In the third inning, Sturey singled and Brittney Fowler drove in three runs with a bases loaded double.

Meanwhile, pitching for Cochranton/Mid-East was Chelsea Hartman who allowed two hits, walked three and struck out eight.

FCVA loaded the bases on Hartman with no outs in the second inning on a single and two straight walks. But Hartman cajoled a strikeout for out No. 1. Catcher Ricci Bryer caught the runner at third getting too aggressive. And Hartman fanned the next batter to get out of the inning unscathed.

“(Hartman) is just learning to pitch,” said McGuire. “She’s a good pitcher. She’s a very aggressive pitcher. She gets mad at herself, which doesn’t always work. But they called three illegal (pitches) on her (Tuesday), and the next three pitches were all strikes, so she can also bear down and come back.”

FCVA was led at the plate by Schlosser and Janel Prinkey who both had a base hit.

FCVA will next play on Thursday where it will face the winner of the loser’s bracket contest between Linesville/Valley/Jamestown and Titusville.



Pete Chiodo can be reached at 724-6370 ext. 275 or by e-mail at pchiodo@meadvilletribune.com.

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