Ramblers have too much of everything
By Hunter Muro
For the Mirror
Windber — The Northern Bedford Lady Panthers had no answer offensively against Windber starter Baylee Roxby, and could not stop the Lady Rambler’s hot bats either as they fell 12-2 in a District 5 Class 2A softball semifinal matchup Tuesday.
Roxby tossed a complete game two-hitter. She struck out six and walked three. Roxby also went 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Jackie Toki reached base all four times for the Lady Ramblers and had a triple with two runs scored.
“The team really came together offensively and we got hits when we needed them. I’m very proud of our whole team,” Roxby said.
Windber went to work early in the first. Kortney Karl singled. Toki followed with a walk off of Northern Bedford starter Sarah Heck.
“We’re starting to get things together, little more activity in the offseason, and I think that’s a testament to where we are today,” Northern Bedford coach Christa Moyer said. “We’re probably one of, if not, the strongest (8-9) teams around. We give every team a run for their money and we’ve rallied all season long.”
Roxby followed that up with an RBI single that scored Karl. Ashton White hit a sacrifice fly that brought in Toki for a 2-0 edge.
Madison Moore singled home Roxby to make it 3-0. She scored two batters later on a passed ball to make it 4-0.
Northern Bedford’s Alyssa Foor doubled to begin the second inning, but was left on base after Roxby struck out the side to end the threat.
In the top of the fifth, Northern Bedford’s offense started to show some life. With Brittany Ebersole on by a fielder’s choice, senior shortstop Kaity Corle followed with a blast to center field that turned into a two-run inside-the-park home run. That cut the lead to 4-2.
Windber’s offense exploded in the bottom of the fifth.
Toki tripled to left-center. One batter later, White singled her in to make it 5-2. Moore followed that up with a double. Mara Chappie, singled to score White to make it 6-2.
Peyton Collins and Laikyn Dayton both hit back-to-back singles after a strikeout. They both came around to score later in the frame.
Karl continued the inning with a single to center that brought home Collins. Toki, who was up for the second time in the inning, was hit by a pitch to put two runners on for Roxby. Her third hit made it 11-2.
Just one run away from the mercy rule that would end the game, White blooped a single to shallow right field and Roxby raced home to end the game.
Windber faces No. 1 seeded Conemaugh Township on May 30 for the district title. The site and time will be determined later this week.
Corle recorded her 100th hit on her inside-the-park home run. Sydney Lingenfelter also reached a milestone in the game. She reached 100 put-outs for the season after catching a flyball out in the fourth.
“We have two seniors that have been here for four years, and a bunch of strong, young players around them and we don’t give up. This team doesn’t center around one individual,” Moyer said. “We continued to rally all season and can hang with the best of them. We just didn’t come out on top today. If we continue what we’re doing, we’ll be back for years to come.”
Northern Bedford (2): Ebersole 2b 310, Corle ss 311, Lingenfelter 1b 300, Foor rf 201, Snider lf 200, Kennedy dh 200, Over c 200, Bechtel cf 200, Johnson 3b 201–Totals 21-2-3
Windber (12): Karl 3b 422, Toki ss 4 2 1, Roxby p 423, White c 412, Moore lf 322, Chappie 1b 311, Leonardis 2b 300, Collins dh 311, Dayton rf 311–Totals 12 13 0
SCORE BY INNINGS
Northern Bedford 000 02x x — 2 3 0
Windber 400 08x x — 12 13 0
2B–Foor, Moore. 3B–Toki HR–Corle. RBI–Corle, Karl, Roxby, White, Moore, Chappie. WP–Roxby. LP–Heck. SO–Heck 1, Roxby 6. BB–Heck 3, Roxby 3.
Records: Northern Bedford (8-9); Windber (16-3).