ERIE, Pa. – Top seed Cathedral Prep scored two runs in the third inning and made that hold up in a 2-1 Class 4A semifinal win over No. 4 Conneaut.
In the third for the Ramblers, Jenna Wagner’s RBI double brought in Megan Kelly, who reached on an error, and Madison Simmerman followed with an RBI single.
That was all Wagner needed in her 1-hit shutout, as she struck out nine and didn’t issue a walk.
CASH tried to rally in the seventh, as Lainie Harrington tripled with one out and scored on Ashley Barabas’ groundout.
Wagner got a strikeout to end the game, however, punching Prep’s ticket to the final.
Brooke Wise took the loss, allowing two unearned runs on three hits, striking out six and walking one.
Prep will meet Franklin in the D10 title game at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Hermitage Complex.
FRANKLIN 7, HICKORY 4
MEADVILLE, Pa. – Franklin held off a pesky Hornets team on its way to a 7-4 win over Hickory in their District 10 Class 4A semifinal at Allegheny College.
The low-scoring affair suddenly erupted into an offensive display in the fifth and sixth innings.
Franklin had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth. Consecutive 1-out singles and a defensive indifference had runners at second and third. J Ewing hit a grounder to third. K Fustos tried to get the lead runner at home but G Laderer was able to beat the throw for a run.
Trinity Edge followed with an RBI double to left. Ewing and Edge scored on R Hanna’s double to put the Knights ahead, 6-1. A Boland followed with an RBI single to make it 7-1.
Hickory came right back with a 3-spot in the top of the sixth. Fustos hit a leadoff triple and M Jewell followed with a double. M Trimboli’s RBI single cut the lead to 7-3 and L McClung followed with a double to put runners on second and third with no outs.
The Knights took a timeout and huddled in the circle to try to halt the momentum. The huddle seemed to work as Edge got J Hanzelka to pop out and was able to hold the runners on M Reardon’s ground out.
“They were disciplined at the plate because I was trying to get them to chase and they weren’t chasing,” Edge said. “We were just talking about if we keep our heads down and we field the ball correctly and do what we need to do, we’ll win the game.”
Trimboli scored on a wild pitch, but Madeline Myers lined out to first to end the threat.
The Hornets threatened again in the seventh as Loren Myers reached on an error and, one out later, Fustos singled to put runners on first and second. Edge got a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
Ewing scored the first run of the game for the Knights in the first. She singled and advanced to second on an error, then came home on Hanna’s RBI single.
The Hornets came right back to plate a run in the second. Jewell and Trimboli drew back-to-back walks to start the inning and Jewell scored on McClung’s RBI ground out.
Edge gave Franklin the lead in the third with a solo home run to center.
Sydni Hoobler, Edge, and Hanna each had two hits. Hanna had three RBIs and scored twice, while Edge had two RBIs and scored twice.
Edge got the win allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits with four walks and nine strikeouts.
Madeline Myers and Fustos each had two hits for the Hornets.
Loren Myers took the loss allowing seven runs, six earned, on 10 hits.
Franklin will take on top-seeded Cathedral Prep for the D10 title at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Hermitage Complex.
(1) FORT LEBOEUF 5, (5) CORRY 4
ERIE, Pa. – Ibree Rodgers’ 2-out RBI single in the fifth inning broke a 4-4 tie and lifted Fort LeBoeuf to a 5-4 win over Corry in the Class 3A semifinals.
Kiernan Skelton’s sacrifice fly in the fifth tied the game at 4-4, this after Corry’s Payton McCray hit her second inside-the-park homer of the game in the top half of the inning to put Corry up 1.
A double steal and a pair of errors allowed LeBoeuf to take a 3-0 lead after one inning, but Corry rallied.
Kayla Hayes got things going for Corry in the fourth with an RBI triple, which was followed by an RBI groundout and McCray’s first home run.
Kiernan Skelton got the win, while Allison Sawyer took the loss.
LeBoeuf advances to play Jamestown in the D10 title game at 3 p.m. on Monday at the Hermitage Complex.
(2) JAMESTOWN 9, (3) HARBOR CREEK 4
MEADVILLE, Pa. – A 4-run sixth created some breathing room as Jamestown held off Harbor Creek, 9-4, in their District 10 Class 3A semifinal at Allegheny College.
S Thurber led off the inning with a single and M Biles followed with a triple to plate the first run. After a M Bercis walk, C Jones brought in a run with a sac bunt. Another run came in when M Enterline reached on an error and Reese Schaller’s RBI single closed out the scoring.
Harbor Creek had cut a 5-1 deficit to 5-4 thanks to a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. T King doubled, then came home when A Lucas reached on an error in the fifth.
G Weber’s 1-out double put runners at second and third in the sixth. King hit a 2-run single to cut the lead to 5-4.
A pair of walks led to the Muskies’ 2-run second. K Spurlock drew a leadoff walk, and one out later, Biles drew a free pass. Spurlock came home on a passed ball and Biles scored on Bercis’ ground out.
Jamestown plated three more in the third. Enterline led off with a double and Schaller walked to put two runners on. Kiley Matters followed with a single that scored one run and an error on the play allowed another run to score. Matters then came home on J Pfaff’s ground out to put the Muskies ahead, 5-1.
Enterline had two hits and scored twice. Schaller and Matters each had a hit, scored a run, and had an RBI.
Biles got the win allowing four runs, three earned, on nine hits with nine strikeouts.
H Smith, B Bleil, Weber, and King each had two hits. King and Weber both scored once and drove in a run.
A Lucas took the loss allowing nine runs, six earned, on six hits with six walks and five strikeouts.
Jamestown will face Fort LeBoeuf for the D10 title at 3 p.m. on Monday at the Hermitage Complex.