Warriors Wrapup: Elk Lake Softball Advances to District Final
Elk Lake will meet Nanticoke for the District Two, Class AA softball championship tonight (June 2) at Mid Valley High School. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Warriors advanced to the title game with a 4-2 win over Montrose in the semifinals on May 31.
Montrose jumped out to a 2-0 lead through the top of the third inning on a pair of unearned runs.
Elk Lake took command of the game with four runs in its half of the third inning.
Brooke Darling took it from there. The Columbia recruit struck out 12 batters, while allowing four hits and one walk.
Gabby Baltzley led the Warriors at the plate with a double and a single. Brianna Hollenbeck, Kenzi Moon, Casey Tyler and Taylor Watkins each singled.
Andrea Hinds, Brooke Malloy, Sara Krupinski and Sarah Feeney singled for Montrose.
Hinds had eight strikeouts and gave up three walks for the Lady Meteors.
Behind Darling’s two-hitter, Elk Lake reached the District Two, Class AA semifinals with a 2-0 victory over Carbondale on May 27.
Darling fanned nine batters without a walk.
Elk Lake’s offense struggled, producing just four hits, including two in the bottom of the second by Laura Gacha and Moon.
Darling and Baltzley also had singles for the Lady Warriors.
Carbondale’s Makenzie Lynn recorded 11 strikeouts.
Brianna Grunza and Samantha Griffiths had Carbondale’s hits.
At Throop, on May 25, Elk Lake couldn’t make an early lead stand up in the opening round of the District Two, Class AA playoffs.
Mid Valley eliminated the Warriors from the tournament with a 3-1 victory.
Elk Lake took a one-run lead in the top of the first as Adam Phillips plated Nick Dudock.
Mid Valley came back with two runs in the bottom of the frame and added an insurance run in the fourth inning.
Dudock and Jeff Horvath each doubled for Elk Lake. Phillips and Holden Lunger singled.
Mid Valley’s Nick Damian had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of runs. Jorge Diaz also doubled for the Spartans, who made the most of just four hits.
Lunger went the distance on the mound for Elk Lake, giving up four walks, while fanning eight batters.
Adam Sosnowski picked up the win for Mid Valley with eight strikeouts and one walk.