NEW CASTLE —
Laurel 7 (9 innings)
The Lady Spartans’ ninth-inning rally fell short in a Section 5-AA home loss to Riverside.
Laurel (0-2, 0-2) had the bases loaded with one out and a run in already to close the deficit to 8-7. But a line drive to shortstop resulted in a game-ending double play.
“This is a different year and a different team,” Lady Spartans coach Lori Krol said. “We kept battling. We kept exchanging leads. We just battled back and battled back.
“They had one or two more key hits than we did. We didn’t finish (yesterday), but we were close and we hung in there. The hits are going to keep falling. We just have to keep playing good defense.”
The Lady Panthers (3-0, 3-0) scored two runs in the second, two in the third, one in the sixth, one in the seventh and two more in the ninth.
Laurel tallied solo runs in the second and third innings before plating four in the fourth and one more in the ninth.
Kristan Fedrizzi (0-2) started and took the loss. She pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs — six earned — with two walks and 11 strikeouts.
“I thought Kristan pitched a heck of a game,” Krol said.
Fedrizzi, Makenna Natale and Delaney Baumis posted two hits each for the Lady Spartans. Baumis knocked in three runs as well. Laurel finished with 11 hits.
Beaver Falls 5,
The Lady Warriors dropped a Section 5-AA home decision to Beaver Falls.
Mohawk (1-3, 1-3) scored single runs each in the second, third and seventh innings. The Lady Tigers (1-1, 1-2) countered with two markers in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Tristan Voss paced the Lady Warriors with three hits, including her first home run of the season. Her dinger was a solo shot in the second inning.
Leah Woytek added two hits and three RBIs.
Jaki Bender (1-2) took the loss. Bender went the distance, giving up eight hits and five runs — three earned — with eight strikeouts and no walks.
“Jaki is pitching well,” Mohawk coach Pam Beatty said. “We just have to finish. We’re young, we’ll learn how to do that.”