NEW CASTLE —
New Castle 4
Giving Blackhawk extra outs was a recipe for disaster for New Castle in a Section 1-AAA road loss.
The Lady ’Canes surrendered four runs off of two errors in the first, starting with a strikeout by starter Carley Aven that should have ended the inning.
Instead, the ball got away from catcher Aleigha Withrow, extending the Lady Cougars’ inning and adding four runs to the scoreboard.
“We were flat and we committed five errors, which is very uncharacteristic of my girls,” New Castle coach Leah Ann Williams said. “We were all over the place.”
Aven (3-5) went three innings, allowing eight hits, six runs, two earned, and striking out four. She was coming off a no-hit performance against Central Valley last week.
Down 6-0, the Lady ’Canes (4-4, 5-6) rallied for three in the fourth on the power of an RBI double by Shannon Dudich, who finished 2 for 3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
However, Blackhawk (5-3, 6-4) poured on three more runs in the final three innings to seal the victory.
“It was disappointing because it was a section game,” Williams said. “I really thought we could run the table and finish up strong.”
Quigley Catholic 9,
Union couldn’t recover from a poor start in a Section 4-A loss at Quigley Catholic.
The Lady Spartans (3-7, 4-7) batted five runs off Union starter Jaynna Johnston (1-1) in the first inning.
“We got off to a bad start,” Lady Scots coach Gary Trimble said. “We had a couple of runners on and didn’t score. We had trouble getting them out in the first.”
Union (5-6, 5-6) was limited to six hits, with two coming from Casey Brophy, both singles.
The Lady Wildcats slugged 13 hits en route to a Section 4-A road win over the Lady Rams.
Kim Burdett had three hits and three RBIs for Shenango (8-3, 10-6) including a home run. Alexa Owrey and Makayla Jones added two hits apiece for the winners.
“We came out firing,” Lady Wildcats coach Amy Delaney said. “We had a really good offensive game. Our approach at the plate was just the way it’s been. We hit the ball really well. We hit it hard.”
Macy Rubin (10-6) picked up the win. Rubin went the distance, giving up five hits and three runs — one earned — with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
“It was a very solid performance from Macy,” Delaney said. “She really kept the Rochester hitters off balance.”
Shenango took a 1-0 lead in the third and added another marker in the fourth before breaking it open with a six-run fifth. Rochester (3-8, 3-9) plated all three of its runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Lady Wildcats capped the win with two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.