Lady Crusaders defeat Curwensville

The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team improved to 9-0 on the season with a 6-1 victory over the Curwensville Golden Tide Thursday afternoon at Benzinger Park.The Lady Crusaders used a three-run fifth inning to secure the victory. Elk was up 3-1 at that time.The Lady Crusaders were led offensively by Rachel Stauffer with a triple and two singles. Taylor DaCanal had a triple and a double. Both Stauffer and DaCanal had two RBIs each. Taylor Schlimm had the other hit for Elk, a single.Taylor Schlimm went the distance on the mound for Elk Catholic, giving up three hits, walking one and striking out 12. Tierra Shope went the distance for Curwensville, giving up six hits, walking two and striking out one.“We thought before the game that good pitching and solid defense would be the order of the day and hoped our hitting would came through as it has so far,” said ECCHS coach Joe Coroso.“Well, we got great pitching, errorless defense and Taylor DaCanal and Rachel Stauffer were the hitting stars today. Rachel also made the defensive play of the day in center field to rob Taylor Goodman of extra bases to lead off the third inning,” added Coroso.Curwensville got on the board in the top half of the first inning, as they scored on two hits. In the home half of the inning, the Lady Crusaders went down in order.The Tide left a runner stranded in the top half of the second inning. Schlimm led off the home half of the inning with a single. With one out, Stauffer singled, scoring Schlimm and knotting the game at 1-all. Elk left the bases loaded.Curwensville went down in order in the third inning with Elk’s Rachel Stauffer making a nice grab in center field to save an extra base hit, while ECC left a runner stranded. Schlimm struck out the side in the top of the fourth. Stauffer led off the home half of the inning with a single. A triple by DaCanal scored Stauffer. With two outs, Jessie Ginther reached base on an error, scoring DaCanal as Elk took a 3-1 lead.The Tide left two runners on base in the top of the fifth inning. In the home half of the inning, Kristy Hanes and Schlimm both walked. Lyndsey Trumbull reached base on a fielder’s choice, erasing Schlimm. A triple by Stauffer scored both Hanes and Trumbull. A sacrifice fly to left by DaCanal scored Stauffer, giving Elk the 6-1 lead.Each team went down in order in the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, Curwensville went down in order as Elk Catholic recorded the 6-1 victory.The Lady Crusaders return to action Monday when they travel to Brockway to take on the Lady Rovers at 4:15 p.m.Curwensville 1Taylor Goodman 3-1-1, Madison Peterson 3-0-1, Tiffany Carter 3-0-0, Molly Demchak 3-0-0, Cheyenne Pentz 3-0-0, Sarah Wrigglesworth 3-0-0, Abby Johnson 3-0-0, Megan Barrett 2-0-1, Abby Dugo 0-0-0, Hannah Bressler 2-0-0, Tierra Shope 0-0-0. Totals 25-1-3.ECCHS 6Jessie Ginther 4-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 4-0-0, Kristy Hanes 2-0-0, Maddy Schneider 0-1-0, Taylor Schlimm 2-1-1, Lyndsey Trumbull 3-1-0, Rachel Stauffer 3-2-3, Taylor DaCanal 2-1-2, Stephanie Zimmerman 2-0-0, Mackenzie Neureiter 3-0-0. Totals 25-6-6.Score by innings RCurwensville 100 000 0 1ECCHS 010 230 x 6JVs winThe ECCHS junior varsity softball team continued their winning ways with an 11-0 triumph over the visiting Curwensville Golden Tide.Abbey Bauer and Hayley DaCanal combined to pitch a marvelous five-strikeout, one-hit gem.Standouts at the plate were Sophie Yanak with a triple and a three-RBI night for Kylee Kline.Elk’s junior varsity is now 6-0 on the season and will travel to Clarion on Saturday to take on the Lady Bobcats in a doubleheader.