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May 15, 2021 D9 Softball: Best Drives in Five as Clarion Beats Cranberry; St. Marys Blanks Corry; Bradford Wins

Jordan Best had five RBIs while hitting a home run and a double in Clarion's win at Cranberry Saturday. Photo by Theresa Forrest

May 15 District 9 softball recaps

CLARION 16, CRANBERRY 10

SENECA, Pa. – A nine-run third inning helped Clarion top Cranberry, 16-10, at Cranberry.

It was the Lady Cats second win over the Berries three days after a 6-4 victory Wednesday.

Leading 3-0 going to the third, Clarion sent 12 batters to the plate and got home runs from Brenna Campbell and Jordan Best.

Campbell’s three-run shot made it 6-0, and when Best delivered a three-run, two-out shot to center it capped the inning and gave Clarion a 12-0 lead.

After the teams exchanged runs in their next at-bats to make it 13-1 Clarion going to the bottom of the fourth, Cranberry made sure the game would continue beyond five innings by scoring three in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth to make it 13-6.

When the Lady Cats tacked on three more runs in the seventh, things seemed comfortable with a 16-6 lead, but as it had done Wednesday when it scored four in the ninth down 6-0, Cranberry rallied again.

A two-run home run by Makala Kearns made it 16-8, a single by Maria Anderson closed it to 16-9, and a double by Alaina Hogue made it 16-10. But that was as close as the Berries got.

Best added a double to her home run and was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and five RBIs.

Noel Anthony doubled twice and went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs with Campbell going 2-for-5 with the homer, two runs scored, and three RBIs.

Kylee Beers was also 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI, Emily Troese was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI, and Payton Simko walked, scored twice, and drove in a pair of runs.

Jenna Reynolds went 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace Cranberry with Reyna Watson adding a 2-for-4 performance with a double, a walk, two RBIs, and three runs scored.

Hogue doubled twice while going 2-for-5 with an RBI, Olivia Plummer was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs, Anderson was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI, Kearns went 1-for-2 with the home run, a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs, and Alisha Beggs was 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Simko got the win going 4 ⅓ innings allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits, four walks, and a hit batter. Beers came on in the fifth and went 2 ⅔ innings allowing four earned runs on five hits and a walk.

Jenna Blitz took the loss pitching two-plus innings allowing six earned runs on six hits while striking out one. Kearns went a ⅓ of an inning allowing two earned runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one. Beggs then pitched 4 ⅔ innings allowing eight runs, six earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out four.

ST. MARYS 5, CORRY 0

CORRY, Pa. – Kendall Young tossed a two-hit shutout with three walks and 15 strikeouts and went 2-for-4 with a double at the plate, as visiting St. Marys beat Corry, 5-0.

Young needed to be at her best, as St. Marys led 1-0 until the seventh when the Lady Dutch exploded for four runs to break the game open.

Kara Hanslovan hit a two-run home run in the seventh and was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Gianna Surra had a pair of doubles for St. Marys and went 2-for-4, while Brianna Grotzinger was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Olivia Eckles also went 2-for-4 for the Lady Dutch with an RBI and a run scored, and Shannon Kaiser was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Courtesy runner Jianna Gerg also scored twice.

Lexi Frisina and Melanie Scouten each had hits for Corry.

Frisina took the loss going seven innings allowing five earned runs on 13 hits while striking out five.

BRADFORD 11, COUDERSPORT 6

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Leatrice Kakolewski went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs to help Bradford to an 11-6 win at Coudersport.

Adrienne Angell was also 4-for-6 with two RBIs for the Lady Owls, while Carli Perschini went 1-for-3 with three walks and three RBIs, and Olivia Angell was 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Madyson Dubouts-Angood went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored to lead Coudersport with Rosalyn Page going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, Savannah Myers going 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, and an RBI, Ava Wahlers going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Aubri Thompson going 2-for-4.

Kalie Dixon got the win going seven innings allowing six earned runs on 10 hits, six walks, and a hit batter while striking out nine.

Savannah Myers took the loss pitching four innings allowing seven runs, four earned, on eight hits and six walks while striking out four. Ryelle Black pitched two innings allowing four earned runs on three hits, seven walks, and a hit batter while striking out three. Addie Myers pitched a scoreless inning allowing a hit and two walks while striking out one.

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