Rain suspends conclusion of Johnsonburg/Ridgway softball
Johnsonburg and Ridgway played three and a half innings of softball Tuesday afternoon before rain drenched the field and forced umpires to suspend play until a later date.The Ramettes had an 11-7 lead but the Lady Elkers were unable to bat in the home half of the fourth inning.The visitors broke open a 7-7 tie in the top of the fourth inning as Justis Myers hit an apparent triple to clear the bases, score three runs and give Johnsonburg a 10-7 lead. But an appeal from Ridgway head softball coach Gary Gerber II worked in the Lady Elkers' favor as Justis Myers was called out for not touching second base. Paige DeCecchis, Kiana Myers and Dani Jo Dwyer all scored on the play. The Ramettes would get their 11th run later in the inning off Ridgway pitcher Morgan Herzing after Brittany Watts trotted home on a passed ball. Watts reached base on a fielding error by the pitcher, then advanced to second, third and home on passed balls by the catcher. Watts scored on a passed ball after Cassie Biondi drew a walk.The players were met with a light drizzle to start the game as Johnsonburg took the early 1-0 lead. With Dwyer on first base, Justis Myers cracked a sharp single to centerfield but a two-base throwing error put the ball over the fence behind third base to score Dwyer and advance Justis Myers all the way to third base. She was later caught in a rundown to end the inning.The home team immediately responded in the home half of the first inning by putting up four runs.Erica Thorwart stroked a single up the middle and Melissa Wehler was hit by a pitch to put two aboard; after a double-steal, Bri Stenta walked to load the bases. DeCecchis, on the hill for Johnsonburg, then issued a free pass to Breezy Mazur to score Thorwart and knot the game at 1-all. Ashley Viglione then hit into a fielder's choice to score Wehler and take a 2-1 lead; Stenta was called out at third on the force play.A passed ball at home plate led to a double-steal before Taylor Roseto cracked a double to deep centerfield that smacked off the fence; Mazur and Viglione scored on the play as the Lady Elkers took a 4-1 lead. Sam Kovalyak then rolled a groundout to DeCecchis and Sydney Kovalyak hit a long flyout to left field to end the inning.The Ramettes got two runs back in the top of the second inning. Watts reached on an error at shortstop and Taylor Harvey hit a single; a passed ball led to a double-steal and Cassie Biondi drew a walk to load the bases. Kassa Kocjancic put the ball in play but was out at first base; Watts scored on the play to cut the lead to 4-2. After a Katie Galsick strikeout, DeCecchis stroked a single to score Harvey; on the play, Biondi was called out at home to end the inning with the Ramettes facing a 4-3 deficit. Ridgway got one run back in the bottom of the second inning. The Lady Elkers got a one-out single to centerfield from Thorwart to get things rolling. Thorwart stole second base on a passed ball and moved the third base on a groudout by Wehler. A Stenta walk put runners at the corners and Stenta later took second base uncontested. Mazur put the ball in play and scored Thorwart thanks to a fielding error at third base to make the score 5-3. On the same play, Mazur was called out as she tried to advance to second base to end the inning.The Ramettes broke through for four runs in the top of the third inning. Kiana Myers drew a walk to open up the inning and Dwyer made it to first on an error by the second baseman; Kiana Myers stole third base during the next at bat and Dwyer followed suit to second base before Justis Myers struck out looking. With two on and one out, Kiana Myers was caught in a rundown after a passed ball but was able to score to cut the lead to 5-4; Dwyer moved to third base on the play. Watts then drew a walk to get aboard and Dwyer scored on the same play as Ridgway again mishandled the ball at home plate. The play knotted the score at 5-all.Watts stole second during the next at bat and advanced to third base on a passed ball at home. Harvey drew a walk off Herzing and went on to steal second base uncontested to put two runners in scoring position. Biondi followed up with a single to score Watts to take a 6-5 lead. Kassa Kocjancic got an RBI with a groundout as Harvey crossed home plate to earn a two-run cushion. A Galsick groundout ended the inning.Ridgway answered right back in the home half of the third inning as Viglione and Roseto hit back-to-back singles to start things off. Both runners would advance on a passed ball at home plate before a groundout from Sam Kovalyak scored Viglione to cut the lead to one run. Sydney Kovalyak then stroked an RBI single to bring home Roseto and tie the game at 7-7. Roseto was hit on the back of the helmet by Kocjancic as she threw home to try to catch the runner. Sydney Kovalyak was eventually caught stealing and Jenni Thomas hit a groundout to second base to end the third inning.