CURWENSVILLE – The Curwensville Area High School softball team had little trouble disposing of Kane in an afternoon doubleheader Monday at Riverside Stadium. The Lady Tide used the mercy rule in both games to pick up the wins 11-1 and 12-2.
“I was pretty pleased with the better effort from the start,” said head coach Allen Leigey. “It was a better start today than Friday (10-3 loss to West Branch). After a tough practice on Saturday, we decided to bring our gloves to these games.”
On Friday at West Branch, early errors by the Tide set the tone for the game. On Monday, the very opposite was true. Committing no errors and allowing just five base runners in game one gave the hosts the opportunity to end the game early.
Curwensville scored four unearned runs on one hit through the first three innings before the bats dominated in the fourth. With one out, Taylor Goodman drew a walk before six straight hits put the game on ice. Goodman moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on Madi Peterman’s hit. Tiffany Carter and Molly Demchak followed with doubles while Cheyenne Pentz, Sarah Wriglesworth and Katie Wriglesworth all hit safely and Hannah Bressler was hit by a pitch for an RBI to set the score at 9-0.
Kane manage a lone run in the fifth before Curwensville ended the contest with two scores on a walk, a hit by Carter, a sacrifice fly by Pentz and an error off the bat of Sarah Wriglesworth that forced the 10-run lead and the end of the game.
“I was pleased how we hit the ball today,” Leigey said. “It took us a while to get started, but then they started coming in bunches.”
Freshman Tierra Shope, who has handled the duties in the circle all year, walked the first batter of the game and then recorded 10 straight outs before the Lady Wolves could manage another runner. Her mound opponent Kyla Hoag broke up her no-hitter with one out in the fifth. Shope would allow just two hits in the game while walking two, striking out five and hitting one batter.
In game two, Shope continued her dominance of the Kane hitters giving up just three hits and striking out six. The right hander did walk six Wolves and hit another. However, she was able to scatter her flaws enough to keep the visitors in check.
In the meantime, the Curwensville bats were providing all the support she would need. Curwensville got hits out of seven batting positions in the first game, and all nine starting batters hit safely in game two.
Pentz was 4-for-4 in game two including two doubles to pace the Lady Tide attack. Peterman and Bressler added two hits each while Carter and Sarah Wriglesworth both added doubles. Curwensville also scored runs in each of the five innings played in the nightcap, including six runs in the fifth to put the game at the 10-run mercy rule that ended it.
“We’re right where we wanted to be at the end of the day,” Leigey admitted. “We wanted to be 8-4 today and, hopefully, get to Johnsonburg on Wednesday and take care of business to be 9-4.”
Pentz ended the day 5-for-7 with four RBIs including the two doubles. Peterman, Carter and Demchak all turned in a three-hit effort for the day. Demchak added for runs batted in with Bressler and Peterman adding three each.
Curwensville will try to best Johnsonburg next on the road Wednesday. On Thursday a double-header will take place in Brockway with an early 2:30 start.
Alissa Gregg c 2010, Nikki Sluga lf 3000, Angie Geer cf 1000, Kayla Jamerson ss 2000, Sam Ferranto 1b 2000, Kate Bizzak 2b 2000, Kelly Chilson 3b 1100, Kyla Hoag p 2010, Emily Wright dp 2001, Haley Walters flex/rf 0000. Totals 17 AB 1 R 2 H 1 RBI.
CURWENSVILLE – 11
Taylor Goodman 2b 2200, Madison Peterman lf 2311, Tiffany Carter c 3320, Molly Demchak 3b 4123, Melanie Milliron pr o000, Cheyenne Pentz ss 3212, Sarah Wriglesworth cf 3010, Katie Wriglesworth 1b 2010, Hanah Bressler rf 2001, Abby Johnson dp 2000, Tierra Shopeflex/p 0000. TOTALS – 23 AB 11 R 8 H 7 RBI.
SCORES BY INNINGS – R H E
Kane – 000 01x x – 1 2 4
Curwensville – 301 52x x – 11 8 0
ERRORS – Chilson, Hoag, JAmerson 2. LOB –KAne 4; Curwensville 8. HR – None. 3B –None. 2B – Carter, Demchak. DP – none. SB –none. SAC –Pentz. HBP – Geer; Peterman, Bressler. PB – Gregg; Carter. WP – Hoag 2.
Kane – Hoag 4.2 IP 8 H 11 R 6 ER 6 BB 0 K 2 HB
Curwensville – Shope 5 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 5 K 1 HB
W – Shope. L. Hoag
CURWENSVILLE – 12
Taylor Goodman 2b 3210, Madison Peterman lf 5122, Tiffany Carter c 2111, Molly Demchak 3b 4111, Cheyenne Pentz ss 4242, Melanie Milliron pr 0100, Sarah Wriglesworth cf 3210, Katie Wriglesworth 1b 3111, Hannah Bressler 2122, Abby Johnson dp 3124, Kealy Wassil ph 0000, Tierra Shope flex/p 0000. TOTALS – 29 AB 12 R 14 H 10 RBI.
KANE – 2
Alissa Gregg c 1210, Nikki Sluga lf 3000, Angie Geer cf 1000, Kayla Jamerson ss 3001, Sam Ferranto 1b 1000, Kate Bizzak 2b 3000, Kelly Chilson 3b 3020, Kyla Hoag p 1000, Haley Walters rf 2000, Emily Wright ph 1000. Totals 19 AB 2 R 3 H 1 RBI.
SCORES BY INNINGS – R H E
Curwensville – 122 16x x – 12 14 2
Kane – 101 00x x – 2 3 3
ERRORS – Goodman, Carter; Jamerson, Sluga, Walters. LOB – Curwensville 11; Kane 10. HR – None. 3B –None. 2B – Carter, Pentz 2, S. Wriglesworth. DP – None. SB –Goodman; Gregg. SAC –Bressler; Geer. HBP -Ferranto. PB – Carter. WP – Shope 2; Chilson 2.
Curwensville – Shope 5 IP 3 H 3 R 2 ER 6 BB 6 K 1 HB
Kane – Chilson 5 IP 14 H 12 R 10 ER 8 BB 2 K 0 HB
W – Shope. L. Chilson.