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Frazier, Elizabeth Forward pass first tests

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Frazier base runner Brittany Strothers steals third base as Vincentian shortstop Mary Mazur looks for the throw during the fourth inning of their WPIAL Class A opening-round playoff game Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Hempfield High School in Fort Allen. Frazier defeated Vincentian, 3-2.

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By The Valley Independent
Friday, May 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Frazier and Elizabeth Forward moved on to the quarterfinals after picking up contrasting first round wins in the WPIAL softball playoffs Thursday.

In Class A, the Lady Commodores defeated Vincentian Academy, 3-2, at Hempfield, while EF dropped New Castle, 6-2, in Class AAA at Kennedy Township's Fairhaven Park.

Frazier holds on

At Hempfield, the fourth-seeded Lady Commodores (17-2) took a 2-0 lead, then watched as Vincentian (8-6) scored twice in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game.

Frazier scored what proved to be the winning run in the fifth on an RBI double by winning pitcher Andrea Lash, who threw a four-hitter and gave up two unearned runs.

“I knew that I wanted to get up there and get a nice hit,” Lash said. “We needed to start something off that inning, and I wanted to get up there and put it into play.”

Alexus Eicher led off the fifth with a single and gave Lash, who also doubled in the first inning, an opportunity with a runner on base. After she fell into a 1-2 hole, Lash slammed a doubled into the left-center field gap to score Eicher with what turned out to be the winning run.

“I knew they had some hitters and they were going to score some runs, but I knew what we had to do and obviously we didn't do it,” Frazier coach Paul Harvey said. “You've got to come up with a big hit every now and then, and our 3-4 hitters (Lash and Alexis Livingstone) did, but outside of that we didn't do much.”

Frazier had eight hits off losing pitcher Kim Corcoran with Lash leading the way with two doubles. Livingstone also doubled.

Frazier will meet Shenango (15-6) in the quarterfinals. Shenango edged Sto-Rox, 7-6.

EF never threatened

At Fairhaven Park, fourth-seeded EF (17-4) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and was never threatened by New Castle (8-7).

Winning pitcher Portia McBride collected an RBI single in the fourth to make it 3-1.

New Castle scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 3-1 before EF upped the lead to 6-1 with three runs in the sixth.

New Castle scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

McBride gave up six hits and struck out eight batters, including five in a row early in the game. She didn't walk anybody.

Caitlyn Arico had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs for EF. Mc-Kenna Kern also smacked a double.

EF will meet West Allegheny (11-6) in the quarterfinals. West Allegheny defeated Mars, 5-3, in a first-round contest.

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