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May 5 D9 Softball: Best Homers Twice in Same Inning as Clarion Beats Redbank Valley; Otto-Eldred, Karns City Win

Jordan Best hit a pair of home runs during Clarion's eight-run fifth inning Wednesday including a grand slam. Photo by Theresa Forrest

May 5 District 9 softball recaps


CLARION, Pa. – Jordan Best hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, during an eight-run fifth inning to lead Clarion to a 15-5, six-inning victory over visiting Redbank Valley at Paul A. Weaver Park.

With the game tied at five, Best led off the fifth with a solo home run to right to give the Lady Cats a 6-5 lead. Clarion then scored three more times to make it 9-5 and loaded the bases for Best, who cranked a line-drive grand slam to left field to make it 13-5.

Hitting out of the No. 2 hole, Best was 3-for-5 with the two homers, two runs scored and seven RBIs.

Winning pitcher Payton Simko was also 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI.

Simko pitched six innings giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

Joining Best and Simko in the multiple-hit parade for Clarion were Noel Anthony (3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBIs), Brenna Campbell (2-for-4, 1 R), and Bri Forrest (2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI).

Also for the Lady Cats, Emily Troese scored three times and was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Gabby Dinger was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored to pace Redbank Valley.

Brooke Holben took the loss allowing 15 runs, 14 earned, on 17 hits and three walks while striking out two in 5 ⅓ innings of work.


ELDRED, Pa. – Abby Wolfe and Bri Heller combined on a five-inning no-hitter, as Otto-Eldred beat visiting Oswayo Valley, 11-1.

Wolfe pitched four innings and got the win allowing two walks while striking out five. Heller then pitched a scoreless fifth striking out two.

On offense, the Lady Terrors got a home run from Katie Sheeler, who was 1-for-2 with two RBIs. Her home run was a “walk-off” home run, as it came in the fifth inning and gave Otto-Eldred the 10-run lead to invoke the Mercy Rule. Edahila Sebastian was also 1-for-1 with two RBIs, and Kaylee Heller was 1-for-2 with a double.

Katie Sheeler hit a two-run home run in Otto-Eldred’s win Wednesday. Submitted photo

Macy West took the loss allowing 10 runs on five hits and five walks while striking out five in 4 ⅓ innings of work. Makenzie Mesler allowed one run on one hit in ⅓ of an inning of relief.


KARNS CITY, Pa. – A nine-run second inning was the catalyst for a 14-4, five-inning victory for Karns City over Forest Area.

The Lady Gremlins trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the second but exploded for the nine runs thanks to seven hits, a walk, and four Fire errors.

On the night, Karns City had 12 hits, including six doubles.

Megan Whitmire had two of those two-baggers going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Ava Fox (1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI), Zoe King (1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 RBIs), Jade Polczynski (2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBIs), and Allison Walker (2-for-3, 1 RBI, 3 R) also had doubles for Karns City, Marra Patton was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBIs.

Madison McFarland was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for Forest Area, while Jessica Wagner was 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.

Allison Walker got the win going three innings allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Patton pitched two scoreless, hitless, walkless innings of relief striking out three.

Nicole Meyers took the loss going 4 ⅔ innings giving up 14 runs, eight earned, on 12 hits and four walks.

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