Lady Gators knock off Lady Commodores
PERRYOPOLIS - It wasn't pretty, but the Geibel girls softball team managed to find a way to win its first Section 6-A game of the season on Tuesday as it defeated host Frazier 13-7.
"We hit the ball well and we played a better defensive game than what we've been playing," Geibel coach Bill Gardner said.
The Lady Gators notched a total of nine hits.
In the first inning, Abbie Renze singled and scored on a base hit by Emily Pennington. Then Annie Kozel drove in Pennington with a single to make it 2-0. Kozel led the way with three singles, two runs scored and two runs driven in for the Lady Gators.
"Annie did a good job of hitting the ball," Gardner said.
After Deanna Liptak walked and scored in the first for Frazier, the Lady Gators came back with two more in the second as Pennington plated a run with a sacrifice. Liz Sunseri and Kristin Hozak each scored in the inning to make it 4-1.
But the Lady Commodores showed a lot of desire as they put up four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 5-4 lead. Nichole George singled in a pair while Jessica Barcello drove in a run with a double. Michelle Shanaberger also singled and scored.
Frazier added a run in the third and Geibel countered with a run in the fourth as Jessica Zamiska walked and scored. But the Lady Commodores took a two-run lead as George tripled and scored on a poor relay throw to make it 7-5.
Geibel pitcher Carrie Gessner and Frazier twirler Ashley Thorpe each worked a scoreless fifth. Gessner finished the game with six strikeouts and didn't allow a run in the final three innings.
"She did a good job," Gardner said of his young pitcher.
Thorpe managed four strikeouts, but didn't get a lot of help on defense as the Lady Commodores committed six errors.
"We didn't come mentally ready to play," Frazier coach Bill Henderson said. "We made too many mental and physical mistakes. Geibel came to play and they hit the ball well."
Despite some mistakes, Frazier still led going into the sixth. But in that frame, Geibel put up four runs to take the lead for good.
Sunseri and Kozel each singled and scored. Gessner helped herself with a big RBI double.
Julie Cummings walked and scored while Renze reached on an error and also came all the way around.
Geibel sealed it in the seventh with another four-spot. Renze and Pennington each walked and scored. Kozel singled in a run before Cummings plated a pair with her first hit of the game.
"We came back in the late innings," Gardner said. "We had some opportunities and we took advantage of them."
Today, Geibel (1-7, 4-11) will host Monessen while Frazier (2-5, 3-7) makes a trip to Bentworth.