May 22 softball recaps.
(Photo: Redbank Valley sophomores Montana Hetrick (left) and Brooke Holben played key roles in the Lady Bulldogs reaching the District 9 title game for the first time since 2013)
REDBANK VALLEY 3, CURWENSVILLE 0
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The sophomore duo of Montana Hetrick and Brooke Holben helped push top-seeded Redbank Valley into the District 9 Class 2A title game for the first time since 2013 with a 3-0 win over fourth-seeded and visiting Curwensville.
Hetrick tossed a three-hit shutout, and Holben had a two-run single in a three-run third inning that accounted for ⅔ of the game’s runs.
The Redbank Valley youngsters talked about the victory.
Hetrick went seven innings. She walked three and struck out six, while Holben collected two of Redbank Valley’s six hits going 2-for-3 with the two RBIs.
An overturned call in the third inning helped the Lady Bulldogs.
With no one out and Torilynn Nelson at first, Hetrick put down a bunt. Curwensville tried to get Nelson at second, but she beat the rap. Nelson, however, came off the bag and was tagged out.
Redbank Valley protested that Nelson was pushed off the base, and after the umpires conferred it was determined that Nelson was pushed off the bag, and she was ruled safe. Nelson scored the game’s first run on a base hit and a Curwensville error on a ball hit by the next batter, Brynn Rearick, and then Holben delivered her two-run single.
Nelson was also 2-for-2 with a run scored for the Lady Bulldogs.
Joslynne Freyer took the loss going six innings allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits and four walks while striking out six.
Redbank Valley will take on defending champion Cranberry in the title game at 4 p.m. May 30 at Heindl Field in DuBois.
CRANBERRY 13, JOHNSONBURG 7
JOHNSONBURG, Pa. – Exploding for 17 hits, visiting and third-seeded Cranberry beat second-seeded Johnsonburg, 13-7, in the District 9 Class 2A semifinals at Knothole Park.
Malliah Schreck led the Berries going 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and four runs scored. Maria Anderson was also 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs with Maddie Cornelius going 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs, Andrea Watson going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Kaylie Bruce finishing 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.
Jenna Pavlock was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs for Johnsonburg, while Haylee Zimmerman was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Skylar Sherry was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Alyssa Kasmerski scored twice for the Ramettes.
In a rematch of last year’s title game won by Cranberry, the Berries built a 4-0 lead after an inning and a half before Johnsonburg scored three times in the bottom of the second. A five-run top of the third, though, helped Cranberry gain separation, and it led 13-4 going to the seventh before Johnsonburg got five singles to make the game closer.
Watson got the win going seven innings allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five.
Julie Peterson took the loss going seven innings allowing 13 runs, eight earned, on 17 hits and two walks while striking out three.
Cranberry will take on top-seeded Redbank Valley in the title game at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 30, at Heindl Field in DuBois.
CLEARFIELD 12, BROOKVILLE 0, 5 INNINGS
CLEARFIELD 12, BROOKVILLE 0, 5 INNINGS
HYDE, Pa. – Using a 10-run first inning, second-seeded Clearfield defeated visiting third-seeded Brookville, 12-0 in five innings, in the District 9 Class 3A Semifinals.
Karly Rumsky, who was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs for the Lady Bison, talked about the win.
Olivia Bender led the Clearfield offense driving in two runs while going 3-for-3 with a double. Morgan Cheek and Kylee Hertlein each had three hits with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Emma Hipps singled, had a pair of runs scored with an RBI and Lauren Ressler tripled with a run scored and two RBIs.
Leah Kammerdiener singled for the lone Lady Raiders hit in the fourth inning.
Hipps threw a five-inning shutout for Clearfield striking out 13 batters while allowing a base hit and walking one batter.
Carlie McManigle took the loss for Brookville giving up five earned runs.
Clearfield will face top-seeded Karns City for the Class 3A Championship May 29 at Heindl Field in DuBois.