Ridgway softball edged by Lady Cardinals, 5-3

Ridgway softball lost 5-3 to DuBois Central Catholic Tuesday afternoon at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School. DuBois Central Catholic scored the first runs of the game in the third inning. Lauresa Gulvas reached on an infield error and then stole second base. Kylee Schaffer would single home Gulvas for the game’s first run. Tricia Varacallo then singled and Kaitlyn Yebernetsky would triple to plate Varacallo for a 2-0 lead. Alyssa Marchioni singled to score Yebernetsky for a 3-0 DCC lead. "A couple mistakes hurt us, we gave up that 3-run inning," Ridgway coach Gary Gerber II said. "I think we gave them most of those runs. It was good to see that they didn't give up, that they kept fighting." DuBois Central Catholic scored its lone run in the fourth inning when Gulvas doubled to score Megan Hassan. Hassan reached when she tried to put down a sacrifice bunt and reached on a Ridgway error. The inning could have been worse for the Lady Elkers. DCC starting pitcher Kayla Bittner singled to lead off the inning. Courtesy runner Rosie Gillespie ran for Bittner but was thrown out at third base by Ridgway catcher Sydney Kovalyak to stall the momentum of the inning. She threw three Lady Cardinal runners out on the basepaths and also made a sliding catch in foul territory in front of the Ridgway dugout to end the DCC fifth inning. "Sydney had a great game behind the plate," Gerber II said. "I couldn't ask for anything more from her behind the plate. It was probably her best game she's played defensively in her career, I think." Ridgway had its best inning of offense in the home half of the first. Ashley Viglione singled and reached second on a DCC error. Sam Kovalyak then walked and Morgan Herzing would single to plate Viglione for Ridgway’s first run. Jill Gaio walked to load the bases. Emily Spiers then hit a ball right back to Bittner in the pitcher's circle. The throw to get the forceout at home was dropped which allowed Sam Kovalyak to score and make the margin 4-2. Jenna Hoffman walked with the bases still loaded which allowed Herzing to cross the plate and make the lead 4-3. Varacallo was brought into pitch after the walk and promptly got a strikeout and lineout to third to end the threat and preserve the Lady Cardinal lead. "We couldn't get those hits," Gerber II said. "We had the bases loaded and one out, couldn't get the tying run in. When we have runners in scoring position, we can't get that hit and it's killing us against the better teams. Both teams played well, I thought. Taylor (Roseto) pitched well."Roseto threw a complete game with four walks and four strikeouts. In the seventh, Schaffer walked and later scored on a double from Yebernetsky. Ridgway is slated to play at Sheffield Thursday at 4 p.m.