Lady Rovers stop Ramettes in five innings, 12-1
JOHNSONBURG – In a game delayed by nearly an hour due to detrimental weather, the Brockway Lady Rovers didn't let Mother Nature stop them en route to a 12-1 win Thursday in five innings against Johnsonburg.Brockway's Brittany Johnson scattered five hits through five innings of work while giving up only one run, a single to mound opponent Kiana Myers, who brought in second baseman Kassa Kocjancic for an early 1-0 lead.Brockway got into the game, however, with a 4-run third inning. Johnson started with a walk and was replaced by courtesy runner Juli Esposito, who would later score on a sacrifice fly to center field from Leeann Crawford to knot the score at 1-1.Brockway second baseman Amanda Horner followed with a single and after a short popup to second base from left fielder Gabby Bart, shortstop Sara Guilyard reached on a bloop single to left field.A single from center fielder Ann Moyer gave the Lady Rovers a 2-1 lead before a 2-run double from catcher Savannah Brosky scored Guilyard and Moyer for a 4-1 lead.After a walk to third baseman Brooke Carlson, Myers got a groundout to minimize the damage.With the Rovers in business with two aboard on walks in the top of the fourth inning, the game was interrupted by a steady drizzle lasting only a few minutes followed by a low rumble of thunder, prompting another 30-minute delay.After the restart, and with Johnson and Horner on base, a 1-5 force out from Bart to third base put two outs on the board as Myers again sought to escape with a jam.An error in center field of Guilyard's bat allowed Horner to come in for a 5-1 lead.The Lady Rovers followed with their sixth run off an infield single from center fielder Ann Moyer, who finished 3-for-4 on the day with three RBI and three runs scored.The Ramettes appeared to have the last out of the inning on the next at bat as Myers fielded a slow grounder on the first base line and tagged Brosky. However, the umpire said Myers bobbled the ball and never received credit for the out, which allowed Guilyard to score for a 7-1 lead.Carlson followed with a 2-run double to bring Moyer and courtesy runner Kayla Roebuck for a 9-1 lead.After a single to left field from designated hitter Hailey Adams, Carlson trotted home of a single from Johnson for a 10-1 lead. Myers then got a 6-5 groundout from Crawford to end the inning with the bases loaded. The Lady Rovers would strand six runners on the day while the Ramettes left five runners aboard.Johnsonburg starting third baseman Alexa Marciniak swapped positions with Myers going into the top of the fifth inning and promptly allowed Horner to reach on a single to left field on the second pitch.From there, Bart worked a walk to put two on with no outs and a bunt from Guilyard moved the runners into scoring position. With one out on the board, Moyer got her third hit of the game with a single to bring in Horner for the 10-run lead. Brosky followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to bring in Bart for a 12-1 lead. Marciniak got Carlson to roll into a 5-3 groundout to end the inning.Marciniak started the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to left field but was later erased off the base paths on an unassisted force out at second base off a grounder from Danie Jo Dwyer, the starting catcher for Johnsonburg.Kocjancic followed with a long fly ball to left center field; the ball was caught by Bart who made the throw to first base to double up Dwyer to end the game.