WEXFORD - Tick, tick, tick.
Everett waited and waited for its bats to come alive in Monday's PIAA Class AA first-round game at North Allegheny High School.
However, the Lady Warriors ran out of time and dropped a 6-0 decision to Beaver.
Coming off a 7-1 win over Chestnut Ridge in the District 5 title game, Everett coach Junior Bennett thought his team had found an offensive rhythm. The Lady Warriors (18-3-1) could not get on track against the Lady Bobcats (17-0), who face Philipsburg-Osceola (20-5), a 19-6 winner in five innings over Moniteau, on Thursday at a site and time to be announced.
"We just didn't play up to par. I don't know why. I thought we were ready to go," he said. "When we warmed up, I thought we were ready. But, boy, we didn't play very well. Our hitting just wasn't there. We are a better team than that, believe me."
Beaver pitcher Casey Farkasovsky stifled Everett's hitters. The sophomore righty had a no-hitter through five innings before the Lady Warriors mustered a single in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
"I am not saying she is not a good pitcher; she is. We've faced just as good, if not better, pitchers and we've done better than that," Bennett said. "It just wasn't our day. We didn't hit the ball. I thought we were better prepared than that, but it just seemed like we couldn't hit the ball."
Farkasovsky finished with six strikeouts and three walks.
"She's done a great job for us," Beaver coach Bruce Rousseau said. "She has been hitting her spots really well. No complaints there. She has been doing that all year."
The Lady Bobcats, who made their PIAA tournament debut, took command early. Beaver's Jennifer Kondracki had a one-out single in the bottom of the first and scored on Haley Champ's crisp single up the middle.
The District 7 champs added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Bella Valent drew a leadoff walk. Emily Weber coaxed a two-out walk before Tayven Rousseau plated them both with a hard single to left.
The Lady Bobcats broke the game open in a three-run fourth inning. Rousseau and Kondracki had back-to-back RBI doubles to highlight the frame.
Everett had some chances to get on the scoreboard in the final two innings. In the top of the sixth, Allison Snider reached on an error and went to third on Logan Brallier's single. Farkasovsky responded with an inning-ending strikeout.
The Lady Warriors had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh. Josie Clark and Hannah Laidig both had singles and Samantha Leach drew a walk. However, Farkasovsky got a popout to end the game.
With only three seniors - Sarina Laidig, Clark and Brallier - on its roster, Everett seems poised for a strong run next season.
"We'll be back," Bennett said. "I feel very confident these girls can win District 5 again next year if we play up to par."
EVERETT (0): Snider cf 400, Price 2b 300, Brallier ss 301, Morral p 100, Clark lf 301, S. Laidig 1b 300, Rice 3b 300, H. Laidig c 301, Leach dp 200, Ritchey rf 000. Totals 25-0-3.
BEAVER (6): Rousseau c 412, J. Kondracki 3b 312, Farkasovsky p 101, Crist cr 000, Champ ss 201, A. Kondracki 1b 300, Valent lf 210, Jay. Justice 2b 311, Glass cf 311 Weber DP 110 Jam. Justice rf 000. Totals 22-6-8
SCORE BY INNINGS
Everett000 000 0 0 3 1
Beaver120 300 x 6 8 1
E-A. Kondracki, Rice. LOB-Everett 7, Beaver 5. 2B-Rousseau, J. Kondracki. RBI-Rousseau 3, J. Kondracki, Champ. S-Weber.
Everett: Morral (LP)-6 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 5 BB, 4 SO.
Beaver: Farkasovsky (WP)-7 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 SO.
Records: Everett (18-3-1), Beaver (17-0).