Curwensville softball topples Glendale, 20-0 in three innings|
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
FLINTON - After being humbled in an 8-2 loss at Punxsutawney on Friday, Curwensville softball coach Allen Leigey was ready to go on Monday against Glendale.
Like their head coach, the Lady Tide were more than ready to atone for the uncharacteristic setback.
Curwensville smacked 12 hits, took advantage of five errors and nine walks en route to a 20-0 win in three innings in Flinton over the Lady Vikings.
"We did what we came to do," said Leigey. "We needed to come out and hit it, and we did. ... We made (some tough plays) and they booted some of our easier plays and it made it escalate.
"I was pleased. We self-destructed (on Friday) and it should have been 2-2. We kicked the ball around, and that's something we normally don't do. We made tougher plays here tonight, but let some of them get away the other night."
Three straight singles and a walk set the tone in the first for Curwensville, which sent 12 hitters to the plate against Glendale pitcher Katelyn Matthews.
Matthews allowed six hits in the frame, including a pair to Lady Tide leadoff hitter Sarah Wriglesworth.
Wriglesworth was one of four Curwensville players with multi-hit performances. Cheyenne Pentz led the way with three hits and three RBIs, while Abby Dugo drove in a game-high 4 runs.
Taylor Goodman also finished with a pair of hits to her credit for Curwensville.
"Cheyenne had a bad game at Punxsy, so it was nice to get her a couple of hits and get her back swinging," Leigey said. "They were confidence builders."
Matthews' struggles weren't limited to the first, where the Lady Tide jumped out to a 6-0 lead, as control issues and spotty defense allowed the visitors to pull away.
The Lady Vikings had two errors in the second, which led to seven of the eight runs in the frame being unearned.
Matthews allowed seven earned runs in all, while walking nine, plunking two with a pitch, and striking out one.
"For some reason we didn't show up," said Glendale head coach Jay Arnold. "I'm going to give all the credit to Curwensville because they deserve it. We didn't show up. Maybe we got intimidated."
The Lady Tide put the 15-run rule into effect in the third with six more runs to set the final.
Wriglesworth and Nikki Harker drew bases-loaded walks for Curwensville, which added two more on an RBI single from Pentz.
Abby Johnson added an RBI single and Dugo's sacrifice fly capped the scoring for the Lady Tide, who improved to 10-3 on the season.
Glendale finished with just one hit in the contest, which was a first-inning single off the bat of Kyresten Whetstone.
Curwensville pitcher Tierra Shope finished with one walk and two strikeouts, as the Lady Tide defense aided her in keeping Glendale off the scoreboard.
Lady Viking leadoff hitter Elisha Matier roped a shot to left-center field that Johnson was able to track down and keep the momentum in her team's favor.
"They put the ball in play, and they always seem to (against us)," Leigey said. "I think that is because they face such good competition (in the Inter-County Conference). They're forced to swing.
"Abby Johnson made a nice play on that ball, and that ball was tagged. It probably would have been extra bases."
Glendale (2-10) hosts Mount Union this afternoon, while the Lady Tide travel to Kane on Thursday.
Wriglesworth cf 3323, Goodman 2b-c 3321, Pentz ss 4333, Carter c 0301, Carns 2b 0000, Johnson lf 3112, Dugo 3b 2124, Stiles rf 2212, Laird rf 1000, Harker 1b 1112, Wassil 1b 1100, Milliron dp 2100, McCartney dp 1100, Shope p (flex) 0000. Totals: 23-20-12-18.
Matier 2b 2000, Willett 2b 0000, McMurray rf-cf 2000, Matthews p 2000, Whetstone 1b 1010, Johnston 1b 1000, Heverly 3b 1000, Glass 3b 0000, Hamilton ss 0000, Shaffer cf 0000, Reed rf 1000, Strong c 1000, McCully lf 0000, Blake lf 1000. Totals: 12-0-1-0.
Score by Innings
Curwensville 686-20 12 2
Glendale 000-0 1 5
Errors-Shope, Dugo; Shaffer 2, Whetstone, Hamilton, Willett. LOB-Curwensville 8, Glendale 4. SAC-Johnson. SF-Dugo. SB-Goodman. HBP-Carter, Stiles (by Matthews). WP-Matthews 3.
Curwensville: Shope-3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
Glendale: Matthews-3 IP, 12 H, 20 R, 7 ER, 9 BB, 1 SO.
WP-Shope (10-3). LP-Matthews (2-10).