WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — Brandon Ditch, first-year head coach of the Meadville softball team, is seeing some strides in his young team. Yet, those strides haven’t been big enough to secure a victory yet, as the Bulldogs fell to 0-2 on the season after a 12-1, five-inning loss to non-region opponent General McLane on Tuesday at the Crawford County Fairgrounds fields.
“We were up 9-1 over Conneaut (Ohio, on Monday) and we got beat 21-10,” said Ditch. “We just did not make plays. I wouldn’t say that we made errors. There were just balls that we didn’t get to that we should have gotten to, like fly balls falling in. Or, we would make the play and then we would throw the ball away. We just made way too many mistakes.
“I was happier today. We improved. The intensity was there for our girls. We made a lot of plays that we didn’t make on Monday.”
Indeed, the Bulldogs (0-2) made some good defensive plays when the opportunities arose. The issue was, the McLane offense didn’t give them many opportunities.
The Lancers (1-0) found the gaps consistently, scattering 16 knocks during the contest.
Sydney Schuster led the way with three hits. Former Cochranton standout Kayla Freyermuth, as well as Elena Halmi, Della Mamani, Samantha Herberg and Keara Sweet all had two base hits. One of Halmi’s was a double.
Sweet, meanwhile, pitched a solid game out of the circle for the Lancers, yielding just one run on five base hits while walking three and striking out five.
Meadville got its lone run of the day in the third inning. Mackenzie Brock led off the frame with a single, her first of two for the game. She later moved to second on a groundout by Madelyn Hilson and then came home to score on a single by Lauryn Shaffer.
“We put the bat on the ball,” said Ditch. “And I thought our base-running was smart. We didn’t run ourselves out of innings. We just didn’t deliver key hits to put more runs on the board.”
GENERAL McLANE (12)
(AB-R-H-BI) Freyermuth ss 4-1-2-0, Halmi lf 4-1-2-1, Mamani c 4-2-2-1, Herberg 3b 4-2-2-2, Sweet p 2-4-2-2, Pencille dp 4-0-1-1, Flak cf 4-1-1-1, Andrzejewski 1b 3-0-1-1, Schuster 2b 3-1-3-1, Fay rf-flex 0-0-0-0. Totals 32-12-16-10.
(AB-R-H-BI) Brock ss 2-1-2-0, Hilson cf 3-0-1-0, Shaffer p 3-0-1-1, Dillaman c 3-0-1-0, Phillips rf 3-0-0-0, McEnroe lf 0-0-0-0, Blood 3b 2-0-0-0, Luzier 1b 2-0-0-0. Totals 18-1-5-1.
2B: GM — Halmi; M — Dillaman.
(IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) GM — Sweet WP 5-5-1-1-3-5; M — Shaffer LP 5-16-12-6-2-2.
Records: General McLane 1-0; Meadville 0-2.
Moore sparks Cards
COCHRANTON — Lexie Moore went 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and a pair of runs scored to spark Cochranton to an 11-1 win during non-region softball action against Iroquois on Thursday.
Moore set the tone for the game in her very first at-bat. Moore fell behind 0-2 before battling back to make it a full count. She finally roped the seventh pitch up the middle for a double, stole third and scored on an RBI single by Needler. Her triple in the second inning came on four pitches and her triple in the fourth was on the sixth pitch. The only out she made — a fly ball to short — was on the first pitch of the at-bat.
Megan Heim also had a solid game at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs and two RBIs. Vincena Reece was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs, and McKenna Needler went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Megan Wright pitched a complete game, going five innings and allowing one run on one hit and one walk while striking out five.
(AB-R-H-RBI) C. Kegerreis c 2-0-0-0, Anderson cf 2-0-0-0, Lybrook ss 2-1-1-0, Smith 1b 1-0-0-0, S. Kegerreis p 2-0-0-0, Major rf 2-0-0-0, Sheldon lf 2-0-0-0, Jaskiewicz 2b 1-0-0-0, Robson 3b 1-0-0-0. Totals 15-1-1-0.
(AB-R-H-RBI) Moore ss 4-2-3-1, Reece 3b 3-2-2-1, Needler 1b 4-1-3-2, Wright p 3-0-1-1, Brunot cr 0-1-0-0, McGill dh 2-1-2-1, Richter 2b 0-0-0-0, McKay c 2-1-1-1, Lippert c 1-0-0-0, Heim rf 3-2-2-2, Woolstrum lf 2-0-1-1, McBryar lf 1-0-0-0, Mudger cf 3-1-1-1. Totals 28-11-16-11.
2B: Co — Moore 2, Reece, Needler, Wright, Heim.
3B: Co — Moore, Heim.
(IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) I — S. Kegerreis LP 4-16-11-11-2-2. Co — Wright WP 5-1-1-1-1-5.
Raiders down Sailors
GREENVILLE — The Reynolds softball team put up five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away from Region 1 opponent Lakeview on Thursday, 9-2.
Lakeview (1-1, 1-1 Region 1) was held to four base hits in the game. Elizabeth Chaffee had a solo homer for the Sailors. Reagan Booher, Makayla Schell and Jaina Bowmer had a single apiece.
(AB-R-H-BI) Herrmann 3-1-0-0, R. Booher 4-0-1-0, Sontheimer 2-0-0-0, Schell 3-0-1-0, Chaffee 3-1-1-1, M. Booher 1-0-0-0, Gadsby 2-0-0-0, Redfoot 2-0-0-0, D. Booher 1-0-0-0, Bowmer 3-0-1-0. Totals 24-2-4-1.
(AB-R-H-BI) Cawthorne 3-0-3-3, Hillyer 4-0-0-0, Park 3-1-1-2, Herman 3-1-1-0, Schussler 3-1-1-0, McLaughlin 3-1-1-1, Bonner 3-0-1-0, Foore 2-1-10, Sechand 3-2-0-0, Diefenderfer 2-2-2-1. Totals 29-9-11-7.
3B: R — Cawthorne.
HR: L — Chaffee; R — Park.
(IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) L — Herrmann LP 51/3-9-6-0-2-2, R. Booher 2/3-2-3-0-1-0; R — Herman WP 31/3-3-2-1-3-2, Cawthorne 32/3-1-0-0-1-3.
Lady Tigers open with win
GUYS MILLS — The Maplewood softball team opened its 2019 season with an 11-1, six-inning victory over Eisenhower on Thursday.
The Tigers erupted for four runs in the opening inning, and later poured in six more in the game-ending sixth inning.
Chloe Leech hastened the end of the game with a three-run homer in the sixth. She would finish the day with four RBIs total. Olivia Crowther also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs. Eva Beuchat added a single and a double and two RBIs.
Paige Whitehair got the win in the circle, working the first three innings and allowing one run on no hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Brenna Sterling pitched the last three innings and went scoreless with two hits allowed and two Ks.
(AB-R-H-BI) Chase cf 2-0-0-0, Fetzeck 2b 3-0-0-0, Head ss 3-0-1-0, Courtney p 3-0-0-0, Kuzminski c 1-1-0-0, Gourley rf 2-0-1-1, Pascuzzi 1b 2-0-0-0, Smith lf 1-0-0-0, Tower 3b 2-0-0-0. Totals 19-1-2-1.
(AB-R-H-BI) O. Leech cf 4-1-1-0, Proper lf 3-1-0-0, Woge c 2-0-0-0, Sorger cf 0-2-0-0, C. Leech dp 3-1-1-4, Crawford rf 0-0-0-0, Sterling p 0-0-0-0, Eimer ss 2-2-1-0, Motter 1b 3-2-0-0, Crowther 2b 4-2-3-3, Whitehair p 1-0-0-0, Thomas rf 2-0-0-0, Beuchat 3b 4-0-2-2. Totals 28-11-8-9.
2B: M — Beuchat, Crowther.
HR: M — C. Leech (6th inn, 2 on).
(IP-H-R-ER-BB-SO) E — Courtney LP 5 2/3-8-11-5-3-2; M — Whitehair WP 3-0-1-1-3-3, Sterling 3-2-0-0-0-2.
Bulldogs notch first-ever win over Cathedral Prep
ERIE — The Meadville boys lacrosse team authored a signature victory on Thursday night, defeating reigning District 10 champion Cathedral Prep 10-5 at Dollinger Field.
“That was the first time in program history that we beat Prep,” said Meadville head coach Craig Gump. “It’s a huge win for our program.”
Meadville (2-0, 1-0 Region 1) led 3-1 after one quarter. Prep had that lead down to 5-4 at the half. But the Bulldogs yielded just one more tally in the second half, pulling away for the five-goal victory.
Cole Jordan paced the offense with three goals and an assist. Nick Gralewski followed with two goals and two assists. Spencer Ashe added a pair of goals. Nate Lee and Timmy Plyler had one goal and one assist apiece. And Axel Jager tallied a goal.
“That’s been the plan all year, spreading the scoring around,” said Gump. “If they shut one guy down, the others can score. They’re sharing their duties the way they’re supposed to.”
Jordan McCurdy had 11 saves in goal for the Bulldogs.
“It was a strong defensive showing,” said Gump. “Most of (Prep’s) goals came from man-down situations. They had a hard time scoring against us. Jordan McCurdy was solid in net. He shut the door, pretty much.”
Devils sweep Orioles
FRANKLIN — Cambridge Springs gave up just 19 points on its way to a 25-5, 25-6, 25-8 victory over Rocky Grove during boys volleyball action on Thursday.
Jacob Ferris finished with seven kills, 13 digs and 13 service points to pace the Blue Devils. Matt Andrews added 21 points and 14 assists, while Jared Taylor contributed six kills and 11 assists. Lance Welker and Derek Stellato chipped in with seven kills and eight blocks, respectively.
Tigers top CASH
LINESVILLE — Maplewood overcame a pair of close games to pull off a 25-12, 25-23, 25-23 sweep against Conneaut Area during boys volleyball play on Thursday.
Jordan Hollabaugh led the attack with 13 kills for the Tigers. Clay Cox had 10 kills and Owen Hamilton 31 assists. Ethan Wright posted 10 digs in the victory.
Trojans sweep Cards
ERIE — McDowell needed just three sets to down Cochranton in a non-region volleyball match. The Trojans won 28-26, 26-24, 25-20 on their home floor Thursday night.
Collin Quattro led the way for McDowell (2-0) with nine kills and 18 digs. Logan Hering added eight kills. Jack Emmanuel and Mark Barton combined for 30 assists.
For Cochranton (1-1), Alex Jackson was the top passer with 22 assists. Justin Wagner tallied eight kills. Jaiben Walker had five. Franklin Morris recorded 13 digs.
Bison stun Steelers
WATERFORD — Fort LeBoeuf swept Farrell at Fort LeBoeuf High School in Waterford. The Bison stormed past the Steeelers 25-21, 25-18, 25-20 on Thursday night.
Josh Elegeer was active both on attack and on defense. He saved seven digs and notched eight kills. Dalton Houpt passed well with 15 assists.
On the service line, Owen Wienczcowski tabbed four aces and blocked three at the net.
Gators split with Thiel
GREENVILLE — Allegheny split a pair of games at Thiel during non-conference softball action on Thursday. The Tomcats won the opener 8-0 in six innings before a late rally gave the Gators a 10-8 victory in game two.
Kelly Lafferty, Samantha Valera and Hayley Behr combined to go 9-for-11 with two doubles, four runs and eight RBIs to lead the Gators in that second game. Lafferty was the catalyst from the leadoff postion, going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Valera, batting second, was 3-for-3 with a run and three ribbies. And Behr went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Paige Ziggas also drove in a pair of runs, while Emily Cramer ripped a pair of singles.
In the opener, the Gators were held to just four hits.
Two of those hits went to Ziggas, who was 2-for-2 with a walk and stolen base. Jessica Valerino and Lindsey Crovak each had a single in the loss.