BUTLER, Pa. – The Karns City softball and baseball teams swept a doubleheader with visiting Brookville Saturday afternoon in the season openers for all four teams at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.
(Cover photo of Karns City’s Tyler Yough. Photo by Mike Schnelle. Check out more of Schnelle’s work here)
Softball started the day, and Karns City picked up a 2-0 victory thanks to a one-hit shutout from Makenzie Shay, who walked a batter and struck out six.
Mackenzie Dunn and Makala Bailey each had singles for the Lady Gremlins, who gave first-year head coach Mike Stitt a win in his debut.
Carlie McManigle’s fourth-inning infield single was the lone hit for the Lady Raiders.
In the baseball game, Tyler Yough’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh scored Jace Ebbitt, who started the inning with a single, to give Karns City a 4-3 victory.
Brookville had rallied from three down tying the run on a sixth-inning, two-out infield single by Bryan Dworak.
Yough had a strong game for the Gremlins going 2-for-3 with a two-run third-inning triple. He had three RBIs and scored a run. Markus Lantz added a pair of hits, including a triple, scored a run and drew two walks.
Yough got the win in relief allowing two hits and two walks while striking out two in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Dworek was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored for Brookville getting two of the Raiders four hits. He also stole a pair of bases. Ben Caun added an RBI on a sac fly with Tanner LaBenne collecting a double and Aaron Park an RBI groundout.
Park took the loss in relief of Ben Reitz, who didn’t allow an unearned run in four innings of work.