FACTORYVILLE — Elk Lake struck for six runs in the top of the first inning, but it was the single run they pushed across in the ninth that proved to be the difference as the Lady Warriors outlasted Lackawanna Trail, 11-10, in a Lackawanna League Division 4 contest on Monday.
Elk Lake’s designated player Becca Phillips led off the scoring with an RBI groundout. The next batter, shortstop Justine Johns drove in another run for the Lady Warriors. Right fielder Lindsey Dudock, who contributed four hits, knocked in the third run of the game. After pitcher Whitney Tyler reached on a fielder’s choice, courtesy runner Lydia Hunsinger later came around to score. Third baseman Amanda Mowry capped the first inning scoring with a 2-RBI single.
“Even though we scored six runs in the first inning, I know in our division, the game is not over until you get the last out,” Elk Lake head coach Tony Blaisure said. “Trail has a good hitting team, they had a lot of kids coming back.”
Lady Lions catcher Mackenzie Duffy singled and later scored after an errant throw at third base to cut the Elk Lake lead to 6-1 at the end of the first inning.
Lackawanna Trail pitcher Emma Vasky, who worked the full nine innings, held the Lady Warriors without a run over the next three innings when the Lady Lions rallied to tie the game.
“Emma did a great job,” Lackawanna Trail head coach John Brander said. “She stuck right in there and shut them down for a few innings.”
First baseman Kerrigan Buck walked and scored on a wild pitch in the second and Vasky walked and courtesy runner Janine Strauch scored on a passed ball in the third.
Then, the Lady Lions bats did some damage.
Bunt singles by center fielder Shelby Croasdale and Duffy along with a single by left fielder Gabby Truesdale set up Trail with the bases loaded and no outs. Right fielder Meghan Healey lined a 2-RBI single for a base hit and shortstop Madison Lee knotted the score with an RBI groundout.
“I’m very proud of the way they battled back,” Brander said. “I think a lot of teams would have hung their heads after giving up six runs in the first inning.”
Phillips led off the top of the fifth with a single and was driven in on a two-out single by Dudock to put the Lady Warriors back in the lead, 7-6.
Lackawanna Trail answered right back when Duffy led off the bottom of the inning with a triple and Truesdale brought her in on a RBI groundout after Mowry replaced Tyler on the mound for Elk Lake.
Elk Lake first baseman Catie McAleer, Johns, and left fielder Emily Kasson all provided RBI’s in the sixth as the Lady Warriors regained the lead, 10-7.
After Vasky retired the Lady Warriors in order in the top of the seventh, Lackawanna Trail’s offense provided one last rally.
Healey, who finished with three hits, led off with a single. After Buck walked, Lee drove in Healey with an RBI groundout. The next batter, third baseman Nicole Rosa drove in Buck and advanced all the way to third after a wild throw to first base. Rosa later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 10 and force extra innings.
“We got some big hits from girls all the way through the lineup,” Brander said. “I’m just very proud of them.”
Tyler, who returned to the mound with one out in the seventh, held the Lady Lions scoreless in the eighth and ninth to allow the Lady Warriors to hang on for the win after Mowry knocked in the go ahead-run in the top of the ninth.
“I thought (Tyler) had a better demeanor when she came back in,” Blaisure said. “She was more focused, she hit her spots better, and I think she was a lot more confident.”