Lady Cougars shut out GCC, 8-0

Charleroi's Kaitlyn McCann rounds third against Greensburg Central Catholic for home in the bottom of the third inning on Thursday at Charleroi's Community Park.
Charleroi's Kaitlyn McCann rounds third against Greensburg Central Catholic for home in the bottom of the third inning on Thursday at Charleroi's Community Park.
Photo by Jim Ference / The Valley Independent
| Friday, April 11, 2014, 12:26 a.m.

The Charleroi girls' softball team rebounded from two straight losses by shutting out visiting Greensburg Central Catholic, 8-0, in a Section 4 AA contest Thursday.

The Lady Cougars (5-2, 3-1) went to work quickly against GCC (0-5, 0-5), scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The hosts then tacked on three more runs in the third to up the lead to 6-0.

Lady Cougar pitcher Jen Tilghman came within one out of pitching a no-hitter as she gave up a single to GCC's Liana Denino with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.

Tilghman struck out five batters and didn't issue a walk.

Charleroi banged out 13 hits in the win as Morgan Riley led the hit parade with a triple and two singles.

Jordan Swarmer also had three hits for Charleroi while Kaitlyn McCann had four RBI and Lynsey Wright knocked in a pair of runs.

Serra 19, Monessen 2

The Lady Greyhounds (1-6, 1-5) got stung early as Serra (4-3, 3-3) exploded for 10 runs in the first inning en route to the five-inning Section 2 A rout.

Serra sent 15 batters to the plate in the first inning with nine reaching base by errors. The Lady Eagles had just three hits in the big inning.

“We made 13 errors in the game and I don't think I had a team make 13 errors back when we didn't win a game,” said Monessen coach Bo Teets.

“I thought after last year we would be better, but it hasn't worked out that way,” Teets added. “I guess we have to just put this behind us and try to get better each and every day the rest of the season.”

Monessen managed just three hits with Cara Grogan getting them all. Grogan had a single, double and triple and scored both Lady Greyhound runs.

Frazier 14, California 4

Kelsey Holp smacked a pair of doubles and knocked in four runs as the Commodores (5-2, 5-1) defeated visiting California in Section 2 A.

Hannah Kline had four hits, including two doubles and Alexus Eicher also posted a double and finished with three hits. Winning pitcher Monica Joseph struck out four.

Lizzy Wohar doubled and Rachel Wilkinson added two singles for the Trojans (0-7, 0-7). Losing pitcher Tori Demo had three strikeouts.


Charleroi 16, Fort Cherry 9

The Cougars (4-3, 3-1) came from behind to beat the Rangers (0-4, 0-4) in Section 2 AA.

Charleroi trailed 6-0 early and cut the deficit to 6-5 when the Cougars erupted for 11 runs in the sixth inning.

In the big sixth, Charleroi sent 16 batters to the plate.

The Cougars pounded out 11 hits with Matt DeMoss getting a double and single and teammates Matt Freeman, Matt Szerszen and Sam Miceli all adding two singles.

“We didn't play very well early on, but it was nice to see us come back and get the win,” said Charleroi coach Luke Mollis.

T. Jefferson 8, Ringgold 2

The Rams (3-3, 0-3) dropped their third straight in Section 4 AAA.

Ringgold managed just three hits off TJ's Nicco Marcheleta, including a double by Connor Garry.

“We're going through a tough time because of all the games and our pitching is really thin,” said Ringgold coach Mike Sikorski.

The Rams play again today, hosting first-place West Mifflin.

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

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