Frazier starts early in 10-2 win over Monessen
In the first three years of Frazier softball team's core group of seniors careers, they have known nothing but success reaching the second round of the WPIAL Class A playoffs each time.
And this year looks to be even more promising as the Lady Commodores have been enjoying continued success in Section 2 A.
Frazier (9-1, 8-1) beat Monessen, 10-2, using the same formula it has all season: scoring early and then allowing senior Andrea Lash to shut the opposition down.
The Lady Commodores struck for five runs in the first inning and that was all Lash needed to seal the deal.
“That's pretty much what we have been doing all season,” said Frazier coach Paul Harvey. “We score early and then let her do what she does.”
A two-out, two-run triple by Taylor Guzzie in the bottom of the sixth inning cost Lash a shutout.
Lash ended the game with four-hitter, striking out six with no walks.
In the first inning, Kelsey Holp stroked an RBI single and then a second run scored n a throwing error on the play to make it 3-0.
After Frazier made it 4-0, scoring a run on an error, Caitlyn Brown hit a two-out RBI single to make it 5-0.
Frazier added two more runs in the second on Lash's two-run single.
The score was 10-0 in the bottom of the sixth when Guzzie smashed her second triple of the game to drive home her team's runs.
“That's a good team,” Harvey said of the Lady Greyhounds (5-5, 3-5). “They are winning more and they are in the playoff race and they will only get better.”
“We did exactly what we have tried not to do this season and that's let a team jump on us early,” said Monessen coach Bo Teets. “After the first two innings, it was a pretty even game and that is one of the better teams in Class A. We just have to learn how to win.”
For Frazier, Alexis Livingstone, Brittany Strothers and Holp each had two hits.
Monessen's Shelby Minardi took the loss, giving up 11 hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
Brentwood 3, Charleroi 1
The Lady Cougars (2-4, 2-3) dropped the Section 4 AA game as they were limited to one run by Brentwood's Meghan Gildea, who scattered nine hits.
Jenny Tilghman was a hard-luck loser as she limited Brentwood (5-2, 4-2) two three runs on five hits.
Yough 11, BV Area 1
The Lady Leps' nightmarish season continued with the Section 3 AAA loss in five innings.
BVA (3-9, 1-7) managed just four hits off Macy Mularski, including a single and a double by Lacey Washowich.
Yough (7-3, 5-3) banged out 15 hits with Allie Harvey and Cassidy Pearce getting two each. Harvey had two doubles..
Kelsie Marconi also doubled for Yough, which scored three runs in the first inning and tacked on five more in the second to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
Waynesburg 15, Bentworth 10
Bentworth (6-3, 5-3) dropped the high-scoring Section 2 AA game that saw the teams combine for 25 runs on 33 hits. The difference was Bentworth committed the only six errors of the game.
Morgan Kemp had three hits and Morgan Vickless had two doubles for Bentworth while Waynesburg (6-6, 4-4) got four from Hannah Gibbons.
West Greene 8,California 0
California (2-8, 1-7) was shut out by West Greene (8-3, 5-3) in Section 2 A as winning pitcher Bailey Bennington helped her own cause with three hits, including a double.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.