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ST. MARYS, Pa. – It was a whole lot of St. Marys on Thursday at the Elk County Softball Tournament.
The Lady Dutch scored 36 runs in six innings over two games, beating Johnsonburg 17-2 in three innings in the semifinals, followed by a 19-4, 3-inning victory in the championship against Elk County Catholic.
The highlight of the championship game was back-to-back home runs by Jianna Gerg and Shannon Kiser for St. Marys (10-2). Gerg’s blast was a lined shot that got out in a hurry, while Kiser’s blast was a towering shot that went over the scoreboard at Benzinger Park.
The Lady Dutch scored seven runs in the first inning, nine in the second, and three in the third.
Janelle Krug had a big game at the plate as well, going 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, while Brianna Grotzinger scored four runs.
Kendall Young, who was the winning pitcher, drove in a pair of runs as well.
In Young’s three innings, she allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits, striking out five.
Elk County Catholic scored all four of its runs in the third inning, courtesy of Syd Alexander, Lydia Anderson and Emily Mourer, who all had RBI hits. Alexander had a pair of hits for the Lady Crusaders.
Kat Kirst took the loss, allowing 13 runs (five earned) in her 1 ⅓ innings of work.
JOHNSONBURG 12, COUDERSPORT 2, 6 innings
Julie Jones went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Johnsonburg scored in every inning but the third en route to a 12-2, 6-inning win over Coudersport.
The Ramettes scored their 12 runs on just six hits, taking advantage of four errors, five walks, and four hit-by-pitches.
Jones was also the winning allowing just three hits and two walks, striking out nine.
Julie Peterson was 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Jenna Kasmierski was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Madyson Dubots-Angood was 2-for-3, belting a 2-run home run for Coudersport.
ST. MARYS 17, JOHNSONBURG 2, 3 innings
ST. MARYS, Pa. – Olivia Eckles drove in four runs, including a 2-run home run as St. Marys rolled to a 17-2, 3-inning win over Johnsonburg in the semifinals of the Elk County Softball Tournament.
The Lady Dutch scored two runs in the first, six in the second, and nine in the third.
Kendall Young and Joey Forster hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for St. Marys. Eckles finished 3-for-4, including a 2-run double in the second inning, while Young also drove in four runs. Lauren Mosier was 3-for-3, scored three runs, and drove in two, while Shannon Kiser also reached base all four times and scored four runs, and Kara Hanslovan and Bri Grotzinger drove in two runs each.
Kiser got the win in the circle, striking out four in her three innings of work.
Johnsonburg scored both of its runs in the first inning, courtesy of a 2-run single off the bat of Jenna Kasmierski, scoring Jenna Pavlock (walk) and Julia Jones (double). Julie Peterson took the loss.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC 11, COUDERSPORT 1, 5 innings
Emily Mourer pitched a 1-hitter and Ellie Baron drove in four runs as ECC earned an 11-1 win over Coudersport.
Mourer struck out nine and walked just two in the victory.
The Crusaders scored in every inning but the fourth, including four in the first inning and three each in the second and third.
Lydia Anderson was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Mourer and Sydney Alexander each drove in a run.
Ava Whalers had an RBI single for Coudersport.
Savannah Myers took the loss for the Lady Falcons.