The Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders softball team came out of the gate swinging and coupled with a brilliant pitching performance from Taylor Schlimm cruised to a big win over the Kane Lady Wolves.
The visitors got a big lift as leadoff batter Jessie Ginter just cleared the right field fence for a solo home run. The next two batters were retired before Schlimm reached on an error and Lyndsey Trumbull followed with another home run to push the lead to 3-0.
Kane pitcher Kyla Hoag was able to regroup and get the third out with a big strikeout.
Kane would respond in their half of the first as Alyssa Gregg started things off with a single. She was able to get in scoring position with a wild pitch. Kaila Jamerson got a big RBI as she connected for a double. Cleanup hitter Sam Ferranto followed with a single advancing Jamerson to third. Ferranto got caught in a run down but Jamerson was able to score before Ferranto was tagged out to bring Kane to within a run trailing only 3-2 after one inning.
Elk County got another solo home run from the ninth batter in the lineup, Rachel Stauffer. Hoag again was able to pull herself together as she was able to retire the side and prevent another big inning. Kane now trailed 4-2, but three of the Lady Crusader runs were home runs so the Lady Wolves had to feel pretty good about things.
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