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May 21, 2021 D9 Baseball/Softball: Bowser’s Power Streak Continues in Keystone SB Win; Punxsy Baseball Clinches Playoff Spot

Natalie Bowser (right) with teammates Maddie Dunlap. Bowser's power surge continued Friday with another home run giving her homers in six straight games

May 21 District 9 baseball/softball recaps

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SOFTBALL

District 9

KEYSTONE 6, MONITEAU 5

WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – In a battle of the top two seeds in the upcoming District 9 Class 2A playoffs, Natalie Bowser continued her power surge hitting a home run for the sixth consecutive game, this time a grand slam, to lead visiting Keystone to a 6-5 win over Moniteau.

Bowser’s slam came with two outs in the sixth inning and the Lady Panthers, who are the top seed in the 2A bracket, trailing 5-2.

It capped another great day the plate for the sophomore, as she went 4-for-4 with the home run, a double, a run scored, and five RBIs.

In her last six games, Bowser, who has hit 12 home runs on the season, is 15-for-21 (.714) with seven home runs, three doubles, 13 runs scored, and 17 RBIs.

Alexandria Johnston was also 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored for Keystone.

Emma Covert went 2-for-3 with a home run, a run scored, and an RBI for Moniteau while Brianna Rottman was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Leah Exley got the win going seven innings allowing five runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out two.

Courtney Stewart took the loss giving up six runs, all earned, on nine hits and four walks while striking out 14.

KANE 9, CURWENSVILLE 8, 8 INNINGS

KANE, Pa. – Maya Smith’s two-run single with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eight gave Kane a 9-8 come-from-behind win over Curwensville.

The Lady Wolves trailed 8-6 after giving up a pair of runs in the top of the inning before rallying hanks in part to three Curwensville errors in the eighth after one out.

Curwensville, which trailed 6-3 going to the sixth, scored a run in the sixth before forcing extra innings with a pair of seventh-inning runs thanks to an RBI triple by Maddie Butler and a sacrifice fly by Shyanne Rudy.

The Lady Tide then took the lead in the eighth on a double by Teagan Harzinski and a Butler sacrifice fly.

Emma Ely had an inside-the-park home run for Kane while going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Madison Stahli was also 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs for the Lady Wolves with Sadie Walter going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and Mia Smith had a pair of hits.

Joslynne Freyer had a huge day at the plate for Curwensville going 5-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs. Butler was 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a run scored and two RBIs, and Logan Sheeder went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

Stahli got the win allowing eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits and seven walks while striking out four.

Sheeder took the loss in relief allowing four runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight. Freyer started and lasted 2 ⅓ innings allowing five runs, four earned, on three hits and a hit batter while striking out four.

ST. MARYS 6, ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 3

ST. MARYS Pa. – Gianna Surra went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to help visiting St. Marys beat Elk County Catholic, 6-3, at Benzinger Park in St. Marys.

Olivia Eckles was also 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored for the Lady Dutch, who didn’t play two of its top players, Kendall Young and Kara Hanslovan.

Shannon Kaiser got the win going seven innings allowing three earned runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Lucy Klawuhn was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for ECC with Sydney Alexander going 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Emily Mourer was also 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Mourer took the loss going seven innings allowing six runs, three earned, on nine hits and two walks while striking out eight.

A-C VALLEY 13, CRANBERRY 7

WEST FREEDOM, Pa. – Kenzie Parks went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, three runs scored, and five RBIs to help A-C Valley beat visiting Cranberry, 13-7.

Parks was also the winning pitcher going seven innings allowing seven runs, three earned, on seven hits and three walks while striking out four.

Brogan Armagost was also 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two RBIs, and three runs scored for A-C Valley with Rylan Strauser going 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Bella Ielase going 3-for-4 with a double, and three runs scored, Lexi Bauer going 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, and Andrea Meals going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Olivia Plummer was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Cranberry with Reyna Watson going 1-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, and Kendall Findley going 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

Plummer took the loss going 3 ⅓ innings allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and a hit batter while striking out three. Alisha Beggs pitched a ⅓ of an inning giving up two earned runs on a hit and two walks. Alaina Houge pitched 2 ⅓ innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two.

CLEARFIELD 10, HOLLIDAYSBURG 0, 6 INNINGS

HYDE, Pa. – Emma Hipps tossed a two-hit shutout, as Clearfield beat visiting Hollidaysburg, 10-0, in six innings.

Hipps didn’t walk a batter but did hit one while striking out 10. She also scored three runs on offense going 1-for-4.

Lauren Ressler led the Lady Bison attack going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs, while Olivia Bender was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI, Alaina Fedder was 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI, and Alexis Benton was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

Olivia Vincent took the loss and was the victim of six errors behind her. She went 5 ⅓ innings allowing 10 runs, just one earned, on 10 hits while striking out four.

DUBOIS 11, PUNXSUTAWNEY 1, 5 INNINGS

DUBOIS, Pa. – Behind the hitting of Morgan Pasternak and Kat Patton, DuBois rolled to an 11-1, five-inning victory over visiting Punxsutawney.

Pasternak was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs with Patton going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and three RBIs.

Taylor Smith was also 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs for DuBois.

Ciarra Toven hit a home run for Punxsutawney and was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Aleigha Geer got the win going five innings allowing an earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out two.

Toven took the loss allowing 3 ⅔ innings allowing nine runs, five earned, on 10 hits and two walks while striking out three. Elliott Ferrent went ⅔ of an inning allowing two unearned runs on a hit and a walk while striking out one.

BASEBALL

PUNXSUTAWNEY 11, DUBOIS 8

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Needing a win to qualify for the District 5-8-9 Class 3A playoffs, Punxsutawney rallied to beat visiting DuBois, 11-8.

The Chucks trailed 8-4 after a three-run top of the fourth by DuBois before tying the game with four runs in the bottom of the inning with Ashton Stonbraker’s single tying the score.

Punxsutawney then took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Peyton Hetrick’s sacrifice fly broke the tie, and Josh Tyger had an RBI single.

Alex Phillips had a big day at the plate for the Chucks going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Stonbraker was also 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs with Zeke Bennett going 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored, and Dakota Long going 1-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. Isaac London also scored twice while going 1-for-3 with a walk, Zach Dinger was 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI, and Tyger was 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.

Garrett Starr hit a home run and a double for DuBois and was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Nathan Tyler was 2-fro-4 with an RBI and two runs scored and Chandler Ho walked once, scored a run, and had two RBIs. Alex Pasternak was also 1-for-1 with three walks for the Beavers.

Tyger got the win in relief of London going four scoreless innings allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two. London worked three innings allowing eight runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks while striking out three.

Starr, the third of four DuBois pitchers, suffered the loss. He pitched an inning and two-third allowing two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two.

Brycen Dinkfelt started and pitched an inning allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks. Austin Mitchell went 2 ⅓ innings allowing four earned runs on a hit and five walks while striking out two. Ho finished up going an inning allowing an earned run on three hits.

CURWENSVILLE 5, CLARION-LIMESTONE 4

CURWENSVILLE, Pa. – Thad Butler was hit by a pitch from Corbin Coulson with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh innings giving Curwensville a 5-4 win over Clarion-Limestone.

It was the second straight batter Coulson, who hadn’t pitched in almost a month, hit after he plunked Spencer Hoover to load the bases.

The back-to-back hit by pitches ended a comeback from a run down by the Golden Tide entering the seventh.

Shane Sunderlin’s double to center with one out started the rally, and pinch-runner Danny McGarry scored to tie the game on a base hit by pinch hitter Jayson Rowles. A walk to Chase Graham followed, and after the second out was recorded, Coulson hit the back-to-back batters ending the game.

Sunderlin was 2-for-4 with the double to lead the Curwensville offense with Butler going 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Nick Aaron led C-L at the plate going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Jordan Hesdon was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, and Bryson Huwar was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Jake McCracken got the win going three innings allowing two earned run on four hits while striking out five.

Jake Mullins started and pitched three scoreless innings allowing two hits while striking out three. Tyler Lee went an inning allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out one.

ST. MARYS 11, ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 1, 5 INNINGS

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Christian Coudriet threw a five-inning gem, and Logan Bauer had a big day at the plate in St. Marys’ 11-1, five-inning win over visiting Elk County Catholic at Berwind Park in St. Marys.

Coudriet went five innings allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Bauer, meanwhile, was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.

Logan Mosier also contributed on offense going 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored, and two RBIs, while Alex Vollmer was 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored, and Connor Bressler was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Michael Fitzgerald also scored three runs for the Dutch and went 1-for-1 with two walks and an RBI.

Luke Ginther had a double for ECC and was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Jordan DePrator took the loss going two innings allowing eight runs, seven earned, on six hits, three walks, and a hit batter while striking out one. David Anderson gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk while striking out two in two innings on the mound.

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