JOHNSONBURG – Brockway's Jalina Sabatose broke through Monday afternoon for a 5-RBI performance as the visiting Lady Rovers halted the Ramettes in six innings, 14-2.
While both teams saw consistent hitting from the first six batters of their respective lineups, it was Brockway who broke through as the top six accounted for seven of the team's 14 runs. The Ramettes mustered only two runs the entire game.
On the hill for the Rovers, Alex Wright constantly frustrated Johnsonburg batters while scattering nine hits over six innings of work. Wright struck out four batters and walked only two, both in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Lady Rovers had a chance to end the game after five innings due to the 10-run rule but the Ramettes were able to break through to cut the margin back to nine runs.
Kassa Kocjancic reached on a leadoff walk and swiftly stole second to put a runner in scoring position; after a Wright strikeout, Tommi Wildnauer stroked her second single of the game and later moved to second base on a wild pitch. With runners in scoring position with only one out, Dani Jo Dwyer tapped a run-scoring single to cut the lead to 11-2; Wildnauer was called out at third on the play and after Dwyer stole third base on the next at bat, Kiana Myers walked before Justis Myers rolled a grounder to third base for the third out.
Paige DeCecchis seemed on the brink of extending the game all the way to seven innings after an immediate groundout to open up the sixth inning of play but a walk to Leeann Crawford, single by Sara Guilyard and free pass to Wright loaded the bases before Crawford trotted home after Zoe Hawkins was hit by a pitch to restore the 10-run lead at 12-2. A single by Jalina Sabatose plated Guilyard and a sacrifice fly by Savannah Brosky brought Wright home for the 14-2 lead. DeCecchis got Juliana Vokes to groundout to end the inning but the Ramettes were unable to put anything together in the bottom of the sixth inning.
"That's the first time we've seen a pitcher throw that fast this season and I think our players had some trouble," said Johnsonburg head softball coach Melissa Myers. "We've actually been throwing fairly well but when you throw in a pitcher like that [Wright], we didn't do as well. It just wasn't our game and [Wright] is a good pitcher.
"We just didn't get enough hits at the right time and everyone's been dealing with lack of playing time because of the weather and constant rescheduling."
Brockway started off strong with a three-run first inning that saw Savannah Brosky get things started with a single to score Hawkins. Anna Meyer later hit a two-run single to plate Savannah Brosky and Brittany Johnson for the early 3-0 advantage.
The home team responded in the bottom of the first inning with consecutive doubles from Kiana Myers and Justis Myers to cut the lead to 3-1.
The Lady Rovers continued to push in the second inning as Sabatose stroked a single to plate Guilyard; a sacrifice fly from Savannah Brosky brought Wright home for the 5-1 lead.
Brockway extended the lead to 8-1 in the top of the fourth inning after a double from Sabatose scored Wright and Hawkins; Sabatose later scored on a run-producing groundout from Vokes to take an 8-1 lead.
The visitors threatened to end the game early with a three-run fifth inning; Gabby Bart scored on a sacrifice fly from Wright to extend the lead to 9-1; another sacrifice fly, this time from Hawkins, brought Vokes home before Sabatose broke through for her fifth RBi of the game as Guilyard scored to set the lead at 11-1.
"I thought Paige [DeCecchis] did well for us pitching and it's rough because she hardly pitched last year, but now she's out there all the time," coach Myers said. "It really wasn't a bad outing we just weren't able to hit as well as we should be. Even the running [last night], we had minor mistakes running and I shouldn't have to tell a player whether to run once the girl commits to first base.
"I shouldn't have that and sometimes our players misread the signs and their heads aren't into it, and [Monday] was one of those days. Had we done better at the plate, I think we would've done better."
The Ramettes are scheduled for a 4:15 p.m. game today against Elk County Catholic.
Brockway AB R H BI
Alex Wright 3 3 1 1
Zoe Hawkins 2 2 1 1
Jalina Sabatose 4 1 4 5
Savannah Brosky 5 1 2 2
Juliana Vokes 2 0 0 1
Anna Meyer 4 0 2 2
Jackie Brosky 3 0 0 0
Hailey Adams 1 0 0 0
Sara Guilyard 3 3 1 0
Leeann Crawford 1 2 1 0
Brittany Johnson 0 1 0 0
Gabby Bart 0 1 0 0
Totals 28 14 12 12
2B: Sabatose. HBP: Hawkins. SAC FLY S. Brosky 3, Hawkins, Wright.
Johnsonburg AB R H BI
Tommi Wildnauer 3 0 2 0
Dani Jo Dwyer 3 0 2 1
Kiana Myers 2 1 1 0
Justis Myers 3 0 2 1
Brittany Watts 3 0 1 0
Taylor Harvey 3 0 0 0
Paige DeCecchis 3 0 1 0
Kassa Kocjancic 3 1 0 0
Lydia Hefright 1 0 0 0
Elena Solorio 1 0 0 0
Totals 25 2 9 2
2B: J. Myers 2, K. Myers.
Brockway 320 333 - 14
Johnsonburg 100 010 - 2
Brockway IP H R BB K
Alex Wright 6 9 2 2 4
Johnsonburg IP H R BB K
Paige DeCecchis 6 12 14 10 1