Lady Crusader softball advances to 9-A semifinals

Senior Taylor Schlimm returned from the injury list to throw a no-hitter as the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader softball team advanced to the District 9-A semifinals with an 8-0 victory over the Port Allegany Lady Gators Thursday afternoon at Benzinger Park.Schlimm struck out 11 and issued one free pass for ECCHS. Becky Andrus started on the mound for Port Allegany and worked four innings, giving up four hits and walking one. Brooke Roys worked two innings of relief, giving up two hits, walking three and striking out three.Getting the six hits for Elk Catholic were Taylor DaCanal with a home run and a single, Taylor Schlimm with a home run, Kristy Hanes a double and a single and Mackenzie Neureiter a single.“This game was ‘Taylor’-made for us,” said ECCHS coach Joe Coroso. “Taylor Schlimm returned from an injury to throw a no-hitter and Taylor DaCanal had a two-run home run.”The coach noted that Schlimm suffered the injury three weeks to the day.“Defensively, Michelle Imbrogno made a nice play going deep into the hole and Lyndsey Trumbull made a nice play at third to start the seventh inning,” said Coroso.Schlimm struck out the side in the top half of the first inning. Hanes doubled for Elk with two outs but was left stranded at second. The second inning saw both teams go down in order.In the top of the third the Lady Gators left a runner stranded as Amber Naylor walked with one out. She was erased on a fielder’s choice. In the home half of the inning Elk Catholic went down in order.The Lady Gators went in order in the top of the fourth inning. In the home half, Imbrogno walked to start the inning. Kristy Hanes was safe on a fielder’s choice. Both Imbrogno and courtesy runner Sierra Meyer moved up a base on a passed ball. With one out, Schlimm singled, scoring Imbrogno. Rachel Stauffer reached base on a fielder’s choice, erasing courtesy runner Michaela Cashmer at second but allowing Meyer to score. DaCanal followed with a home run to deep left center, scoring Stauffer as Elk led 4-0.Port Allegany went in order in the top of the fourth inning. Jessie Ginther led off the home half of the fifth with a walk. She stole second. Imbrogno reached base on an error, sending Ginther to third. Imbrogno stole second. Ginther was able to score on a passed ball, which also allowed Imbrogno to move to third. With two outs, Schlimm homered down the right field line, scoring Imbrogno as the Lady Crusaders opened a 7-0 lead.It was a 1-2-3 inning for Port in the top of the sixth. Ginther led off the home half of the sixth with a walk. She stole second and scored on a single by Hanes as Elk opened the 8-0 lead.Port Allegany went down in order in the top of the seventh as the Lady Crusaders advanced with the 8-0 victory.Elk, now 17-3 on the year, will meet Coudersport in the semifinals Tuesday at a site and time to be announced. The other semifinal will see DuBois Central taking on Brockway.Port Allegany 0Jenny Shelley 3-0-0, Becky Andrus 3-0-0, Mckenna Johnson 3-0-0, Caitlyn Harvey 1-0-0, Kaylee Ernst 2-0-0, Leah Pearsall 2-0-0, Becca Lathrop 2-0-0, Gabby Drabert 2-0-0, Amber Naylor 0-0-0, Debbie Andrus 1-0-0, Barb Pinchok 2-0-0, Rachel Taylor 0-0-0. Totals 21-0-0.ECCHS 8Jessie Ginther 2-2-0, Michelle Imbrogno 2-2-0, Kristy Hanes 4-0-2, Sierra Meyer 0-1-0, Lyndsey Trumbull 4-0-0-0, Taylor Schlimm 3-1-2, Michaela Cashmer 0-0-0, Rachel Stauffer 3-1-0, Taylor DaCanal 3-1-1, Mackenzie Neureiter 3-0-1, Maddy Schneider 3-0-0. Totals 27-8-6.Score by innings RPort Allegany 000 000 0 0ECCHS 000 431 x 8