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Ridgway softball falls 8-2 to Coudersport Lady Falcons

April 13, 2012

Ridgway softball catcher Sydney Kovalyak eyes the ball for the Lady Elkers during action Friday afternoon against Coudersport.

Ridgway softball lost 8-2 in a home matchup with Coudersport Friday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School.
Coudersport would strike for a single run in the first inning as Brianna Majot would walk to lead off the game. Majot advanced to second and third on wild pitches before advancing home on a groundout off the bat of Kiersten Counts to give the Lady Falcons a 1-0 lead.
Ridgway would answer in the first inning as leadoff hitter Jenni Thomas singled to center. Thomas stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Sydney Kovalyak hit into a fielder's choice as Coudersport tried to throw Thomas out at home. Thomas was safe at home to tie the game at 1-all.
Later in the inning, Ashley Viglione would reach on a Coudersport outfield error. She would come around to score on another Lady Falcon error off the bat of Morgan Herzing to give Ridgway a 2-1 lead.
Ellen Gerner and Amanda Morey were walked with one out in the second and they both scored on a single from pitcher Taylor Green to give the Lady Falcons a 3-2 advantage.
Green struck again in the fourth inning. Morey was walked for the second time and four times overall for the game. Green then hit a ball to right field which trickled to the right field corner. Green came all the way around the bases to score the inside-the-park home run and give Coudersport a 5-2 lead. The inning could have been worse for the Lady Falcons but Coudersport made two outs on the bases in the half-inning, one on a caught stealing and one where a runner was called out for leaving the base too early.
Coudersport added insurance runs in the sixth inning as Smolder singled home a run and Kayla Gleeson would single home both Counts and Rodgers.
Ridgway had its chance during the game to add runs. In the fourth, Sam Kovalyak and Jill Gaio each reached base with singles but Green was able to work a strikeout and a 1-3 groundout to end the threat and leave the margin at 3-2 after four innings.
Ridgway stranded the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Viglione led off with a single while Morgan Herzing and Gaio walked. Green was able to get a strikeout and a groundout to first base to end the threat.
Ridgway coach Gary Gerber II said he was pleased with the team's overall hitting and understood they were a timely hit short of getting back into the game.
"I was pleased with our hitting," Gerber II said. "We couldn't add on to it early and that hurt us at the end."
Ridgway pitcher Taylor Roseto pitched her second consecutive complete game after partial outings earlier in the season as she works her way back through injury rehabilitation.
"Taylor's still coming along," Gerber II said. "She's still a little wild. She's going to get her control back. She was throwing just as hard at the end as she was at the beginning."
Ridgway is scheduled to host DuBois Central Catholic at 4 p.m. Tuesday and then the Lady Elkers are slated to play at Sheffield Thursday.

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