ST. MARYS – The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders picked up their eighth win of the season on Wednesday afternoon in frigid temperatures as they defeated the visiting DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals by a 3-0 score.
Taylor Schlimm recorded her seventh shutout of the season as she went the distance in striking out 13, issuing no walks and giving up four hits.
Taylor Thomas took the loss for the DuBois Central girls as she gave up six hits, struck out two and issued five free passes.
"We won despite too many base running mistakes," said Coach Joe Coroso of the ECCHS Lady Crusaders. "Taylor (Schlimm) retired over half the batters she faced herself and pitched another super game for us."
"Everybody's a little rusty because of the weather but we'll work on that in practice tomorrow (Thursday)," added Coroso.
Elk Catholic was led in the hitting department by Jessie Ginther with a perfect three-for-three day at the plate. She was followed by Anna Hawkins, Jena Struble and Kristy Hanes with one hit each.
For the DuBois Central girls, Lauresa Gulvas led the way with a double, while Tricia Varacallo, Kathy Yebernetsky and Kayla Bittner each had one hit.
DuBois Central opened the game with leadoff batter Gulvas hitting a double. Gulvas was sacrificed to third, but Schlimm struck out the next batter and got the cleanup hitter to ground out to third to end the inning.
Elk Catholic picked up a single tally in the first inning when Ginther singled to open the inning. She stole second, then went to third following a walk to Struble and a single by Hawkins. Ginther then scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0.
Both teams went three up and three down in the second.
In the third inning, DuBois Central's Hassan reached first on an error and Gulvas walked to put runners on first and second. Schlimm then struck out the side to end the threat.
Elk Catholic picked up two runs in the third when Ginther opened the inning with a single, then Struble recorded a bunt single to put runners on first and second. Ginther and Struble moved up on a passed ball, then Ginther scored on another passed ball and Struble advanced to third. Hawkins drew a walk. Struble then scored on a sacrifice by Trumbull to end the scoring, making it 3-0.
Neither team was able to score again in the game as the Elk Catholic girls held on for a 3-0 victory.
Elk Catholic is now 8-1 in games played and 8-2 overall.
The Lady Crusaders will return to action on Friday afternoon when they take on the Ridgway Lady Elkers in the opening round of the Elk County Holiday Softball Tournament in Ridgway. The ECCH-Ridgway game is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
DuBois Central Catholic – 0
Lauresa Gulvas 3-0-1, Juliana Ingram 2-0-0, Tricia Varacallo 3-0-1, Katlyn Yebernetsky 3-0-1, Kylee Schaffer 3-0-0, Taylor Thomas 3-0-0, Alyssa Marchioni 3-0-0, Megan Hassan 3-0-0, Kayla Bittner 3-0-1. Totals 26-0-4.
Elk County Catholic – 3
Jessie Ginther 3-2-3, Jena Struble 1-1-1, Anna Hawkins 2-0-1, Lyndsey Trumbull 2-0-0, Taylor Schlimm 2-0-0, Kristy Hanes 3-0-1, Lexa Hansen 2-0-0, Torie Gradizzi 2-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 2-0-0, Jessie McLaughlin 0-0-0. Totals 19-3-6.
Score by innings
DCC 000 000 0 – 0
ECC 102 000 x – 3