Clutch hitting, pitching spells win for Lady Dutch, 10-2

The Lady Dutch took advantage of timely hitting and a starting pitching performance that was at times overpowering in a 10-2 win Friday in the first round of the Elk County Softball Tournament.St. Marys sent Rachel Ginther to the pitcher's circle and she responded to the challenge by striking out eight batters in three innings of work. Ginther allowed two hits, both infield singles, and another baserunner on an error, en route to the victory.By the time Ginther was pulled, St. Marys already had an 8-0 lead after three innings.After a walk and a strikeout to open up the bottom of the first inning, Ginther helped her own cause with a run-scoring single to plate leadoff hitter Erica Sorg for the game's first run. After another walk and infield single to load the bases, Savanah Krivonyak hit a groundout as courtesy runner Kristen Huff was out on the force play at home plate. But the Lady Dutch were not done there as Cassie Wonderling stroked a two-out single to score courtesy runner Cortney Bankovich and Mandy Gerarge for the 3-0 lead. Krivonyak was tagged out at third base for the inning's final out.Ginther allowed a baserunner in the top of the second after Brittany Watts reached on a throwing error by Krivonyak; unfazed, Ginther sandwiched strikeouts around an infield single from Paige DeCecchis to escape the top of the second inning.DeCecchis set down the batters in order in the home half of the second frame and a Tommi Wildnauer bunt single was the only damage to Ginther in the top of the third inning. Wildnauer was later gunned down at second base on a steal attempt.The Lady Dutch broke open the game in the bottom of the third inning as they sent nine batters to the plate in the five-run inning. After back-to-back singles by Kali Quagliani and Ginther, and a walk to Hayley McGowan loaded the bases, Gerarge tapped a single to score Quagliani and courtesy runner Huff for the 5-0 advantage.Krivonyak followed up with a popup in foul territory that was gloved by DeCecchis. With one out on the board, Wonderling plated the team's sixth run with a single to score courtesy runner Bankovich. Gerarge was out at third on the play as Wonderling advanced to second base on the throw. An error by Kassa Kocjancic at third base allowed Taylor Bellina to reach safely; the runners would later move to second and third on a passed ball.With two runners in scoring position, Raelyn Cunningham connected for a bloop single to center field to bring in Wonderling and Bellina for the 8-0 lead. Sorg would end the inning with a 1-3 groundout.The Ramettes barely had an answer for relief pitcher Kelsey Fritz who allowed a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth inning to Kiana Myers who was later caught stealing. Fritz retired the side in the top of the fifth inning before the Lady Dutch tacked on another run in the home half of the fifth inning.Krivonyak connected for a leadoff single before Wonderling hit a double to deep center field for the 9-0 lead. Wonderling advanced to third base on the throw to home plate but was stranded after DeCecchis retired the next three batters to prevent the 10-run rule from taking effect.Morgan Levenduski and Amber Gerarge both connected for harmless popups, both to the shortstop, before Sorg hit a deep flyout to center.Johnsonburg tried to take advantage of the extension as Kocjancic legged out an infield single and subsequent sacrifice bunt by Wildauer. After Dani Jo Dwyer struck out swinging, Kiana Myers tagged a two-out offering over the center field fence for a two-run home run to cut the lead to 9-2. Justis Myers followed up with an apparent solo shot to straightaway centerf ield but on an appeal from the St. Marys coaching staff, she was called out for allegedly failing to touch home plate. The miscue negated the home run and ended the inning.A leadoff double from Quagliani set up another run for the Lady Dutch in the bottom of the sixth inning as she eventually trotted home on an RBI-groundout from McGowan for the 10-2 lead.Watts led off the top of the seventh inning with a double but Fritz retired the next three batters to secure the 10-2 win.Individual statistics:Johnsonburg AB R H BITommi Wildnauer 2 0 1 0Dani Jo Dwyer 3 0 0 0Kiana Myers 2 1 1 2Justis Myers 3 0 0 0Brittany Watts 2 0 1 0Taylor Harvey 3 0 0 0Paige DeCecchis 3 0 1 0Cassie Biondi 3 0 0 0Kassa Kocjancic 2 1 1 0Totals 23 2 5 22B: Watts. HR: K.Myers. SAC BUNT: Wildnauer.St. Marys AB R H BIErica Sorg 1 1 0 0Kali Quagliani 4 2 2 0Rachel Ginther 2 0 2 1Hayley McGowan 1 0 0 1Mandy Gerarge 4 1 3 2Savanah Krivonyak 4 1 1 0Cassie Wonderling 3 1 3 4Taylor Bellina 1 1 0 0Raelyn Cunningham 2 0 1 2Morgan Levenduski 1 0 0 0Mia Kenner 2 0 0 0Cortney Bankovich 0 2 0 0Kristen Huff 0 1 0 0Totals 25 10 12 102B: Quagliani, Wonderling. R H EJohnsonburg 000 002 0 - 2 5 1St. Marys 305 011 x - 10 12 1Johnsonburg IP H R BB KPaige DeCecchis 6 12 10 4 3St. Marys IP H R BB KRachel Ginther 3 2 0 0 8Kelsey Fritz 4 3 2 1 3