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Ringgold suffers costly loss

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Jim Ference | For the Valley Independent
Ringgold's Haley Lettiere slides safely into home plate as Montour catcher Malory Gerst misses the tag in the bottom of the third inning on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Ringgold.

If Ringgold had any intention of making the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs out of Section 2, the Lady Rams needed to beat visiting Montour Tuesday.

However, Montour had other thoughts in mind and the Lady Spartans rolled over the Lady Rams, 18-6, in six innings.

Montour (9-5, 7-3) scored five runs in the top of the third inning and then blew the game open with a nine-run sixth as they banged out 20 hits against Ringgold (5-6, 3-6).

“That team just kept on hitting,” said Ringgold coach Bob Karpinsky. “That's the hardest anyone has hit us all year.”

Marissa Gerst led Montour with four hits, while Stephanie Seibert had three hits and four RBI. Teammate Demi Lewin had three hits, including a double and triple.

“It was a bad game for us,” said Karpinsky. “It was a game we needed to win. It probably puts us out of the playoffs.”

BV Area 4, T. Jefferson 3

The Lady Leps (5-9, 3-7) built a 4-0 lead and had to hold on as TJ's Lauren Herazo hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.

BVA was led by Nicole Ashcraft with two doubles and a single. Angela Sullivan and Lacey Washowich each had a double and single. Teammate Ashley Seman had a double and two RBI.

Washowich pitched a six-hitter with nine strikeouts.

Elizabeth Forward 5, Yough 1

The Lady Warriors scored five unearned runs to erase an early deficit and move into a tie with idle West Mifflin for first place in Section 3 AAA.

With the win Elizabeth Forward (11-2, 7-2) clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs and locked up a spot for West Mifflin for the first time since 1998.

Jen Keefer had three hits for EF while Emily Baker and Macy Mularski doubled for Yough.

Steel Valley 6, Charleroi 4

The Lady Cougars (4-6, 3-5) fell behind 3-0 in the first inning and never caught up in the Section 4 AA contest.

Steel Valley (8-2, 6-2) was led by Chelsea Rohan with two doubles and two RBI.

Morgan Riley had a double and home run for Charleroi and teammate Jordan Swarmer doubled.

Frazier 7, West Greene 0

The Lady Commodores (11-2, 10-1) shut West Greene out as Andrea Lash pitched a three-hitter. Frazier had nine hits with Monica Joseph banging out a double and triple and Kelsey Holp slugging a home run.

Alexis Livingstone added a triple for Frazier.

Carmichaels 12, Monessen 2

The Lady Greyhounds (6-7, 4-6) found out first hand why Carmichaels (15-1, 11-0) is the cream of the crop in Section 2 A as the Lady Mikes rolled to the easy win. No other information was available on the game.

Serra 3, California 2

The Lady Trojans (3-9, 2-8) gave Serra (7-4, 6-4) a scare before falling short in Section 2 A.

Tina Puhnaty pitched a seven-hitter for California and helped herself at the plate with a double.

Chartiers-Houston 3, Bentworth 0

The Lady Bearcats (7-4, 6-4) lost the Section 2 AA game to the unbeaten Lady Bucs (12-0, 9-0).

No other information was available on the game.

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