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Three lower seeds came home with wins in District 9 playoff softball action Wednesday with Coudersport and A-C Valley hitting the road and getting victories in Class 1A and Johnsonburg taking home a road win in Class 2A.

(Photo: Malliah Schreck, Cranberry)

DISTRICT 9 CLASS 1A QUARTERFINALS

Coudersport 6, Clarion 3

CLARION, Pa. – Paiton Whipple’s two-out single to left in the sixth inning broke a 4-all tie, and visiting and sixth-seeded Coudersport went on to a 6-3 win over third-seeded Clarion at Paul A. Weaver Park.

The Lady Falcons twice rallied in the game to get the win overcoming deficits on 2-0 and 3-2.

Down 3-2 in the sixth, Joplin Osgood cracked her second straight double with one out, and then Shaelyn Black reached on a wild pitch/strikeout bringing up EmmaRae Easton, who roped a ball into right field that right fielder Wendy Beveridge missed played into a game-tying double. Black was out at the plate on the play, but Easton went to third.

Clarion had taken the 3-2 lead on a two-out RBI double by Alexis Constantino in the fifth.

The Lady Cats also held the 2-0 lead thanks to a wild pitch and an RBI groundout by Alexis Constantino in the second.

Coudersport tied the game in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Osgood and Black and an RBI groundout by Easton.

The three-four-five batters for the Lady Falcons – Osgood, Black and Easton – did most of the damage going 6-for-11 with four doubles, four runs scored and five RBIs in the win.

Black was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBIs, Osgood was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored and Easton was 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs.

Black talked about her day and the win.

Alexis Constantino had the double and two RBIs for Clarion with Carly Best going 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.

Madison Smith got the win going seven innings allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out four.

Sadie Rudesyle took the loss allowing six runs, five earned, on 10 hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Coudersport will face A-C Valley in the semifinals Friday at a site and time to be determined.

A-C Valley 10, Smethport 2

SMETHPORT, Pa. – Seventh-seeded A-C Valley stunned second-seeded and NTL champion Smethport, 10-2, at Smethport.

Cami McNany and Emily Wetzel each had four-hit days for the Lady Falcons with McNany also driving in seven runs.

McNany was 4-for-4 with a double, a three-run home run, an intentional walk and two runs scored with Wetzel going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three stolen bases.

Also for A-C Valley, Brogan Armagost went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk, Kelsie Terwilliger was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored, Syd Rankin was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and Andrea Meals was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Syd Schmidt got the wing going seven innings allowing two unearned runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six.

Haleigh Larson was 2-for-3 with a walk for Smethport, while Abbey Woodard went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Emily Treat took the loss allowing 10 runs on 16 hits and four walks while striking out five.

A-C Valley will take on Coudersport in the semifinals at a site and time to be determined.

DuBois Central Catholic 11, Cameron County 0, 5 innings

DUBOIS, Pa. – Two-time defending champion and top-seeded DuBois Central Catholic pounded out 12 hits on its way to an 11-0, five-inning win over eighth-seeded Cameron County at Heindl Field in DuBois.

Shay Gulvas led the way for the Lady Cardinals going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, three runs scored and three RBIs.

Chelsea Busatto added a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored and two RBIs, while Ashley Wruble was 2-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Carley Semanick was also 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for DCC with Jordan Kosko going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Wruble cruised in the circle giving up two hits and hitting a batter while striking out six.

Amily Schatz and Julia Aiken had hits for Cameron County.

Laila Smith took the loss allowing 11 runs, nine earned, on 12 hits and two walks while striking out one.

DCC awaits the winner of the Otto-Eldred/Elk County Catholic game which is being played Thursday in the semifinals Saturday at a site and time to be determined.

DISTRICT 9 CLASS 2A SEMIFINALS

Johnsonburg 15, Redbank Valley 7

NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Breaking a 6-6 tie after five innings, Johnsonburg scored nine runs in its final two at-bats to pull away for a 15-7 win over Redbank Valley at the New Bethlehem Little League complex.

The Ramettes had 15 hits and took advantage of nine Lady Bulldogs errors. In the sixth, Alyssa Kasmierski ripped a two-run homer while Maria Jones and Lindsey Kocjancic doubled home runs. Jones hit a two-run single in the seventh.

Jones wound up going 4-for-5 with five runs batted in. Kocjancic had three hits with a triple to go along with her double. Jordan Bundy doubled and singled while Haylee Zimmerman and Jenna Pavlock also had two hits apiece.

Trailing 6-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Bulldogs tied it with a five-run rally. The first four scored on Becca Kunselman’s grand slam homer and Shylie Schreckengost made it back-to-back blasts with a solo homer.

Kaia Rearick, Dakota Hetrick and Lauren Smith each had two hits for Redbank Valley. Hetrick doubled.

Jones was the winning pitcher, giving up 11 hits while striking out seven with no walks. Six of Redbank Valley’s seven runs were unearned thanks to five Ramettes errors.

Hetrick took the loss for Redbank Valley. She didn’t walk a batter, striking out six while giving up 12 hits in 6 1/3 innings. Nine of the 14 runs she allowed were unearned.

Johnsonburg will face Cranberry for the District title May 31 at Heindl Field in DuBois.

Cranberry 8, Moniteau 1

OIL CITY, Pa. – In a game moved from Cranberry to Oil City because of field conditions, the top-seeded Berries didn’t allow the change to bother them getting revenge on a Moniteau team that had beaten Cranberry in the last two D9 2A title games with an 8-1 victory.

Andrea Watson was clutch in the circle going seven innings allowing one run on eight hits while striking out six.

Watson helped her own cause going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Natalie Barcinas and Malliah Schreck led the Cranberry offense with Barcinas going 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI and Schreck going 3-for-4 with a double, a solo home run in the sixth, a run scored and an RBI.

Emily Duncan was also 2-for-3 with a solo shot in the sixth as well, while Maddie Cornelius went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Amanda Dailey accounted for the lone Moniteau run with a solo home run in the sixth. She was 2-for-3 in the game. Dolcey Shunk was also 2-for-4 in the contest for the Lady Warriors.

Courtney Stewart took the loss.

Cranberry will face Johnsonburg in the title game May 31 at Heindl Field in DuBois.

DISTRICT 9 CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS

St. Marys 5, Clearfield 4, 9 innings

ST. MARYS, Pa. – Maura Fledderman’s walk-off single scored Maddie Bowes from second with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, as second-seeded St. Marys survived third-seeded Clearfield, 5-4.

The Lady Dutch led 4-1 in the seventh but Clearfield rallied to tie the game on a Makayla Ross single.

The Lady Bison then had runners on second and third with one out in the eighth but Fledderman shut the door to give her team a chance to win.

Then in the ninth with two outs, Bowes singled and Bekka Bauer reached on an error putting runners on first and second for Fledderman, who singled to left to win the game.

It was the third hit of the contest for Fledderman, who was 3-for-5 with a double and the RBI. Allison Schlimm was 2-for-3 with an RBI with Maddie LeGrys driving in a pair of runs and Micayla Bothun going 2-for-5. Megan McMackin also scored twice.

Ross was 2-for-5 with an RBI for Clearfield with Aspen Bishop adding a double.

Fledderman got the win going nine innings allowing four runs on six hits and seven walks while striking out seven.

Abby Fedder took the loss going 8 ⅔ innings allowing five runs, four earned, on 11 hits while striking out three.

St. Marys will face Punxsutawney in the title game at 4 p.m. Friday at Heindl Field in DuBois.

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