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ST. MARYS â€“ Taylor Schlimm of Elk County Catholic recorded her third straight shutout win as the Lady Crusaders nipped the Ridgway Lady Elkers by a 2-0 score in a softball game played on Friday afternoon at the Benzinger Park field.
Schlimm and Taylor Roseto of Ridgway were locked in a pitchers' duel through the contest, as both hurlers pitched excellent games. Schlimm gave up four hits, struck out 10 and issued no walks in the game. Roseto allowed just three hits and struck out 12 while issuing three walks and hitting two batters.
"The Ridgway coaching staff has done an excellent job with their team, as their girls are markedly improved from last year," said ECCHS Coach Joe Coroso. "Our team took them for granted today and our discipline at the plate, as well as our level of enthusiasm, were poor. We will address these issues over the weekend.
"Our Taylor fortunately pitched another great game and kept the Lady Elkers off the scoreboard. Hats off to the other Taylor (Roseto), who threw a beautiful game also."
Offensively, the Lady Crusaders were led by Hannah McGowan, Jenny Cappiello and Taylor Schlimm with singles, while Cappiello and Schlimm were credited with the RBIs for the Lady Crusaders.
"I thought we played great today. I don't know all the numbers, but I think we had more hits they they did," said Gary Gerber II, Lady Elkers coach, following the game. "It was our girl's (Roseto's) first game pitching on varsity, she's a freshman. I had three freshmen playing defense today."
"I've very pleased. It was a major improvement from even just yesterday," added Gerber. "We're just looking forward to getting back out there Monday."
Ashley Viglione was the leading hitter for the Lady Elkers on Friday with two singles, while Bri Stenta and Melissa Wehler each had one single.
Neither team was able to score in the first three innings of play, as the Lady Elkers had two singles in the first two innings, while the Lady Crusaders were hitless. The Lady Elkers managed another hit in the top of the fourth, but were again unable to score.
The Lady Crusaders scored twice in the home half of the fourth when Lyndsey Trumble drew a walk, and scored when Cappiello's single to left field was misplayed. Cappiello went to third and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Schlimm to make it 2-0.
Neither team was able to score the rest of the way as the Lady Crusaders held on for the 2-0 victory.
Elk Catholic is now 3-0 on the season and will return to action on Monday afternoon when they travel to Curwensville for a 4:15 p.m. game with the Golden Tide. The J.V.s will also play at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Ridgway is now 0-2 on the season and will return to action on Monday when they host the Lady Wolverines of Sheffield in a game set for 4 p.m.
Ridgway Area â€“ 0
Erica Thorwart 3-0-0, Melissa Wehler 3-0-1, Bri Stenta 3-0-1, Taylor Roseto 3-0-0, Ashley Viglione 3-0-2, Sam Kovalyak 3-0-0, Breezy Mazur 3-0-0, Sydney Kovalyak 2-0-0, Jenni Thomas 2-0-0, Jenna Hoffman 0-0-0. Totals 25-0-4.
Elk Catholic â€“ 2
Hanna McGowan 3-0-1, Jessie McLaughlin 3-0-0, Lyndsey Trumbull 2-1-0, Jena Struble 0-0-0, Anna Hawkins 2-0-0, Jenny Cappiello 3-1-1, Taylor Schlimm 2-0-1, Jessie Ginther 2-0-0, Torie Gradizzi 3-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 0-0-0. Totals 20-2-3.
Score by innings
Ridgway 000 000 0 - 0
ECCHS 000 200 x - 2