JOHNSONBURG – After taking a 2-0 lead, Johnsonburg softball could not hold off Otto-Eldred as the Lady Terrors won 8-2 over the Ramettes Friday afternoon at Knothole Area Recreational Park.
The Ramettes opened the game with a pair of runs in the first inning. Danie Jo Dwyer led off the game with a single. Tommi Wildnauer followed with a sacrifice bunt and reached base on an Otto-Eldred throwing error which moved Dwyer to third and Wildnauer to second. Brittany Watts was walked to load the bases with no one out. Otto-Eldred had two straight strikeouts, then Dwyer was able to score on a passed ball for the game's first run. Alexa Marciniak then walked. Johnsonburg was able to capitalize on aggressive baserunning again as Wildnauer scored from third. Wildnauer was able to get the Otto-Eldred catcher to throw from third and scored on a late return throw.
Otto-Eldred would not trail for long, scoring four runs in the top of the second inning. Chelsea Shelander singled to lead off the inning. Otto-Eldred hit into a fielder's choice, erasing Shelander from the bases. After a popout, Sadie Bell reached on an error to left field which scored the first run of the game for Otto-Eldred. Two straight walks loaded the bases and Ashley Brown promptly emptied them with a 3-run triple to put the Lady Terrors ahead by a 4-2 margin.
Milliron hit into a 6-3 groundout which scored a run to make the lead 5-2. Later in the inning, Bell hit into a 5-3 groundout which scored Shelander. Shelander reached on a bunt single.
Otto-Eldred added a pair of runs in the seventh inning. Shelander singled with one out and eventually scored on a throwing error from the Ramettes. A bunt single would score Otto-Eldred's seventh run.
Johnsonburg had its chances and left a pair of runners on in the second and the fourth innings.
"We were down three of our starters and I was really hoping we could produce without them but they were three of our key hitters," Johnsonburg coach Jenny Lewis said. "That really kind of hurt us with Kiana (Myers) and Kassa (Kocjancic) especially. We just weren't getting the hits falling in there."
In the second inning, McKenna Rowles reached on a 2-base error for the Ramettes with one out. Dwyer also would reach on a Johnsonburg error. Otto-Eldred would get a flyout to the pitcher and a 1-3 groundout to end the threat.
In the fourth inning, Elena Solorio reached on an Otto-Eldred error at second base. After a strikeout, Dwyer would single and get to second on a Lady Terrors error. But a strikeout would end the inning and leave two Johnsonburg runners stranded.
Johnsonburg kept the pressure on in the sixth. Lydia Hefright drew a 1-out walk and Rowles would reach on a single. Dwyer walked to load the bases. Wildnauer hit a popup directly to second base which was initially dropped by Otto-Eldred. However, interference was called and the third out of the inning was recorded.
Marciniak walked four and struck out three in a complete-game effort on the mound for the Johnsonburg freshman.
"I was very happy with her," Lewis said. "She had a couple walks and a few strikeouts. She's getting some experience. I'm real pleased."
Lewis said she was happy with the play of Dwyer and her prowess in catching Otto-Eldred baserunners too far off base.
"Danie did really well behind the plate throwing out runners," Lewis said. "We had girls in different positions, they might not have been aware as they should have been."
Johnsonburg is scheduled to play at Elk County Catholic on Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. start.