Lady Rams to Play for District Softball Title
Wyalusing Valley is hoping three’s the charm.
After losing twice to Northeast Bradford during the Northern Tier East softball regular season, the Lady Rams have a shot at redemption with the District Four title on the line.
With an 8-0 victory over Southern Columbia in the Class A semifinals at Williamsport’s Elm Park on May 31, Wyalusing earned a rematch with the Lady Panthers tonight (June 2) with the district crown on the line. Game time at Elm Park is 4 p.m.
Wyalusing, now 17-3, also defeated Cowanesque Valley in the district quarterfinals.
The Lady Rams have roared through the playoffs to this point, outscoring their opponents, 20-0.
Northeast Bradford, the top seed, cruised to an easy 11-1 win over East Juniata and clinched its place in the title game with a 2-0 win over Montgomery in the semifinals.
Southern Columbia 0
Gabby Edsell had three singles and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Lady Rams. The senior catcher gunned down two Lady Tigers on the basepaths.
Wyalusing scored in all but two innings and were never threatened by the second-seeded Lady Tigers.
Brianna Jennings held Southern Columbia to just three hits, while fanning 12 batters. She walked two batters and hit another.
Laci Holdren walked to open the game and eventually scored on Edsell’s single to left field.
Wyalusing plated four runs in the third inning.
Bobbi Jo Loyack walked and Jennings followed with a single. Edsell singled home Loyack.
Mackenzie Martin, running for Jennings, scored on a wild pitch to Chelsea Epler, who eventually walked.
Cathryn Pugh singled home Edsell. Epler scored on Ciera Holland’s sacrifice fly.
Wyalusing added solo runs over the next three innings.
In the fourth, Holdren, who had singled, scored on Arielle Kneller’s RBI hit.
Caitlyn Doerner reached on an error in the fifth and eventually scored on a passed ball.
Edsell reached on an error to open the sixth and scored on Martin’s RBI single.
Defensively, while Southern Columbia struggled with three errors, the Rams played stellar defense behind Jennings.
Edsell was the defensive star of the show. In the fourth inning, she picked off Jo Ellen Blass, who had been hit by a pitch, at first base to end the frame.
In the fifth inning, Edsell gunned down Erin Yoder on a steal attempt at second base.
Mallory Tomaschick took the loss for the Lady Tigers. She allowed nine hits, while walking five batters. She had just one strikeout.
Cowanesque Valley 0
At Wyalusing, on May 27, Jennings tossed a five-inning no-hitter and added a two-run homer in the five-run second inning for the Lady Rams.
Jennings struck out 12 batters while allowing two walks.
She also added a single to a seven-hit Lady Ram attack.
Kneller cleared the bases with a three-run double in the first inning.
Cathryn Pugh added a two-run double in the four-run fourth inning.
Bobbi Jo Loyack, Lauren Chadwick and Holland each added singles.
Two Cowanesque Valley pitchers—Shannelle Ianson and Sterlynne Young—gave up two walks and had one strikeout.