Yough comes back to beat BVA, 7-3

| Saturday, April 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Before his team faced off with perennial Class AAA power Belle Vernon Area, Yough coach Lucas Cannizzaro said that the lady Cougars' new home, Section 3 AAA, was one of the toughest he had been in.

“All seven of our teams could finish near the top in some other sections,” Cannizzaro said. “This section is really brutal.”

Then, the Lady Cougars went out and earned a come-from-behind 7-3 win over BVA at Washington Township for their first section victory.

Yough (2-2, 1-2) fell behind 3-1 in the third inning when the Lady Leps (1-5, 1-3) scored three times off Yough hurler Macy Mularski. Natalie Bashada doubled home two runs and then scored on a triple by Nicole Ashcraft.

But the Lady Cougars whittled their way back, scoring one run in the fifth before taking a 4-3 lead with two runs in the sixth.

In the sixth, the Lady Cougars scored two unearned runs as BVA committed four of its nine errors for the game.

Yough then blew the game open with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Kelsie Marconi drilled a two-run home run over the fence in right field, but was called out on an appeal for missing third base.

Cassidy Pearce led the winners' 11-hit attack with three singles while Allie Harvey had a triple and single.

After the third inning, Mularski settled down and shut the hosts out the rest of the way, finishing with a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

Ashcraft had two of BVA's five hits.

“We're really struggling,” sighed veteran BVA coach Tom Rodriguez. “We only had five hits and struck out 11 times and on top of that we made nine errors today. I'm really scratching my head.”

Yough resumes today at home against West Mifflin at 10 a.m.

Monessen 17,Mapletown 0

The Lady Greyhounds (3-2, 1-2) picked up their first Section 2 A win of the season in grand fashion as they scored 17 runs on 10 hits en route to the four-inning win.

Monessen scored in every inning, including tacking on eight runs in the third inning.

Shelby Minardi fired her first career perfect game with eight strikeouts and no walks for Monessen.

Cara Grogan had three hits, including a home run, and five RBI. Minardi helped her own cause with a double and three RBI.

Monessen hosts California Area 11 a.m. today.

Southmoreland 7,Eliz. Forward 4

Rikki Brown had three hits, and Briana Bunner homered to lead Southmoreland (3-2, 2-2) to a Section 3 AAA win. Portia McBride took the loss for previously undefeated Elizabeth Forward (5-1, 2-1).

McKenna Kern hit a triple for EF.

Winning pitcher Anna Gatti held EF to three hits.

Carmichaels 5, Frazier 4

The Lady Mikes (7-1, 3-0) won the early-season showdown in Section 2 A as Erica Burns scattered six hits for the win.

Frazier (3-1, 2-1) got two doubles by Paige Hotz and triples from Monica Joseph and Kelsey Holp.

Losing pitcher Andrea Lash gave up just five hits.

Bentworth 5,Waynesburg 4

The Lady Bearcats (2-1, 2-1) won the Section 2 AA game as Casey Hite pitched a four-hitter.

Bentworth's Micaela Danley had three hits while Mackenzie Marchitello and Jamie Schrock each hit home runs.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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