Cyclones breeze past latest opponents
Rae Ann Basinger hammered a triple and two singles, going three-for-four and scoring two runs, as the South Union/Connellsville Cyclones softball team blew past Greensburg Central Catholic 8-2 in the high school division of the Police Athletic League. Terri Bundridge smacked a double and a two-run single, and Ashley Sullenberger doubled. Alyssa Bryner was two-for-three with two singles. Winning pitcher Brittany Check gave up two runs on just one hit in her four innings of work, and Basinger tossed a one-hitter in three innings of relief.
Cyclones 11, Norwin Gold 0
Basinger pitched three innings without giving up a hit to earn the win for the Cyclones. She also stepped to the plate for a triple and a single. Brooke Hoffer was three-for-four, and Judy Nicholson and Lauren Crouse had two hits apiece.
Cyclones 13, Norwin Blue 5
Winning pitcher Brittany Check struck out eight batters in four innings of work, and Hoffer went three-for-four with a double and two singles as the Cyclones picked up another win. Basinger doubled twice, with Crouse, Bryner, Ashley Sullenberger and Sabrina Martin each collecting a pair of singles.
Cyclones 5, FR 2
Brittany Check and Basinger each fanned six batters in sharing time on the mound, but it was starter Brittany Check who earned the win with her one-hit effort. Hoffer singled and doubled to lead the Cyclones past Franklin Regional.
Cyclones 14, GS 2
Bundridge tripled, doubled and scored two runs as the Cyclones blasted Greensburg Salem. Crouse hit a double and two singles, crossing the plate twice, and Andrea Hixson doubled, singled and scored two runs. Basinger doubled and singled, and Brittany Check doubled. Hoffer swatted three singles and scored two runs, with Martin hitting two singles and heading home twice. Brittany Check struck out four to get the win.
Cyclones 13, GS 1
Crouse launched a home run and a single, and Hoffer hit two doubles and a single, scoring three runs as the Cyclones got another big victory against Greensburg Salem. Bundridge and Abbey Check hit two singles and scored a pair of runs apiece. Basinger was on the hill for the win.
Cyclones 11, GCC 6
Sullenberger earned her first career win in relief of Brittany Check as the Cyclones battled past Greensburg Central Catholic. Bundridge, Crouse, Hoffer, Nicholson and Morgan Wildey all tallied two singles for the team.
Cyclones 10, Plum 3
Hoffer and Sullenberger doubled, and Bundridge slammed a pair of singles and scored two runs as the Cyclones swept by Plum. Brittany Check went the distance on the mound to get the victory.
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Elementary Girls Basketball
CAC 50, St. Mary 30
Breanne Dowden scored 23 points as Conn-Area Catholic earned the first of two big wins recently in Fay-West CYO action. Julianne Speeney netted nine points, Brittany Jordan tossed in seven, and Emily Solan scored four. Sarah Guynn put in three points, and Melissa Martin and Carly Ciarochi tapped in two each.
CAC 35, SJU 17
Speeney's 11-point performance helped Conn-Area Catholic hold off a late charge from St. John of Uniontown. Jordan scored five points, with Solan, Ciarochi and Dowden each tallying four. Emily Hillen tossed in three points, and Guynn and Martin had two each.
CAC 31, Holy Rosary 22
Dowden racked up 16 points as Conn-Area Catholic dominated Holy Rosary. Four points each came from Guynn and Speeney, and Ciarochi added three. Hillen, Martin and Solan all tipped in two.
SJB 29, CAC 26
Despite a strong fourth-quarter effort, Conn-Area Catholic couldn't quite catch up to St. John the Baptist in the regular-season finale. Martin led the Crusaders' attempt with eight points, and Dowden tacked on six. Speeney scored four points, Jordan and Ciarochi each netted three, and Guynn added two.
Conn-Area Catholic completed the regular season with a record of 6-4. The Crusaders will compete in the Diocese of Greensburg CYO playoffs, which will begin on Oct. 31.