MARTINSBURG - The Central Lady Dragons have been a good-hitting team all season. They were again Thursday, only Mount Union was better.
Central scored three runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth, but fell short, losing to Mount Union, 12-8, in a District 6 Class AA first-round softball game.
Central closed the season at 13-7.
"We averaged about 10 runs a game, so I knew we'd score," Central coach Dale Walters said. "It wasn't a matter of if, but when."
Unfortunately, Mount Union scored in every inning, forcing Central to play catch-up in the rain.
The Trojans got a lead-off home run from Kaitlyn Querry in the first inning and a second-inning shot from Kristin Miles and pounded out 12 hits. Querry went 3-for-3 with a homer, double and single, scored three times and drove in two. Brittany Brumbaugh and Lauren Shugarts each had a pair of hits for the winners.
Darby Brooks had two hits and three RBIs for Central, while Taylor Garman and Gabby Eberlin also had a pair of hits.
"Even until the end, I knew we'd score because we can hit up and down the lineup," Walters said.
The Dragons made it really interesting in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four times to pull within 11-8 before pinch batter Jenna Berzansky lined into a double play to end the inning.
"[Berzansky] hit it right to her," Walters said of the liner to second base. "If that ball is two feet either way, we probably get two more runs, and who knows."
The game was played in a steady rain from the third inning on. Central used three different pitchers while Mount Union's Marissa Aurand went the distance.
"The weather was the same for both teams," Walters said. "I don't think it had any bearing on the game."
Mount Union, now 14-6, will visit second-seeded Philipsburg-Osceola in a quarterfinal game next Monday.
"Central is a very good hitting team and we knew we had to play well," Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said. "We've had some kids hurt and we really gutted it out. I'm proud of the kids. We beat a very good team."
Walters was impressed with Mount Union, the 10th seed.
"They played extremely well," Walters said. "They hit the ball and made only one mental error defensively.
"They played well and were better than us today."
MOUNT UNION (12): Querry cf 333, Aurand p 401, Feagley 2b 421, Brumbaugh c 412, Miles 1b 321, Shugarts lf 322, Guiliante 3b 300, McCauley rf 310, Knable ss 210, Woodward ph 000, Goodrich rf 101. Totals - 12-12-11.
CENTRAL (8): Garman c 322, Boyles rf 302, Smith 3b 300, Snyder ss 200, Ritchey p-dp-1b 400, Eberlin 1b-p 412, Aiello 2b 411, Albright dp-p 221, Barmes cf 321, Snyder flex 000. Totals - 28-8-9.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Mount Union111 215 1- 12 11 2
Central100 034 0 - 8 9 2
E-Miles, Guiliante, Smith, Snyder. 2B-Querry, Feagley. HR - Querry, Mjiles. RBI-Querry 2, Brumbaugh, Miles, Shugarts 2, McCauley, Goodrich 2, Boyles 3, Snyder, Albright. WP-Aurand. LP-Ritchey. SO-Eberlin 1, Albright 1, BB-Ritchey 3, Albright 2, Eberlin 2, Aurand 6.
Records: Mount Union (14-7); Central (13-7).