BC softball comes up short in playoff loss
JOHNSTOWN – There were playoff jitters in both dugouts Tuesday afternoon.
And with good reason.
According to coach Art McClucas, fourth-seeded Ferndale was seeing its first postseason action in more than 20 years.
Fifth-seeded Bishop Carroll, meanwhile, was making its district tournament debut.
Ironically, it was an error that allowed the only run to score in the District 6 Class A quarterfinal as Ferndale edged the Lady Huskies, 1-0.
“We got the one across that counted,” McClucas said. “[It’s] a big win for us. It’s been over 20 years since Ferndale has been in the softball playoffs. It’s a very big win for us.”
“I’m so proud of these girls – complete 180 from last year,” Bishop Carroll coach Jamie Boyles said. “This was our first shot at the playoffs. Just to get here was something we wanted to accomplish and we did.”
The Lady Yellow Jackets plated their run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Leah Cenko led off the frame with a hard single through the right side of the infield. Two pitches later, Kayla Thomas hit a slow grounder to third, and in an attempt to get the lead runner, third baseman Brooke Mento overthrew second base, allowing Cenko to circle the bases and touch home.
“This game could have swung either way,” McClucas said. “It’s a shame somebody had to lose. I’m just glad it wasn’t us.”
Bishop Carroll (11-7) had only two hits – Courtney Link to open the game, and Janelle Gueguen to lead off the fifth inning.
The Huskies stranded five baserunners, three in scoring position.
They threatened in the first, though, when Link and Haley Krug reached base. Each moved up a bag on Sarah Gomish’s infield fly rule out, but Mento popped up to Cassandra Vivis at short, who then tagged a scrambling Krug before she got back to second.
“That was a big key because they had runners on second and third, one out,” McClucas said. “That was a big play. That was a crucial play.”
The Lady Yellow Jackets (13-5) scattered six hits off of freshman pitcher Abbey Simmons, who struck out six and walked one.
“We used her all year,” Boyles said of Simmons. “She showed senior attitude out [in the circle] today.
“[Offensively], you’ve got to hit with them. When it’s time to hit, you’ve got to hit with them. And we just didn’t do that.”
Sophomore Taylor Yuhas struck out 10 and walked two in the two-hit shutout for Ferndale, which travels to top-seeded Claysburg-Kimmel for Thursday’s semifinals.
“She’s the heart and soul of this team,” McClucas said of Yuhas. “The rest of the team rallies around her like they did today. She’s very consistent, very accurate. She’s been solid for us all year.”
Boyles, though, is already looking ahead to next season when his entire roster returns.
“We’re a young team. I have no seniors, so we’re all coming back next year,” he said. “Any playoff experience benefits you. We’re here. We battled them. I’m really looking forward to next year.”
BISHOP CARROLL (0): Link cf 301, Krug 2b 300, Gomish ss 300, Mento 3b 200, Simmons p 300, Farabaugh lf 300, Gueguen c 201, Winterine cr 000, Shaffer rf 300, Spinner 1b 200. Totals – 24-0-2.
FERNDALE (1): Vivis ss 300, La. Olshewsky c 301, Li. Olshewshy cf 301, Yuhas p 301, Clites 1b 300, Cenko 3b 311, Thomas lf 200, Rager 2b 302, Cornell rf 200. Totals – 25-1-6.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Bishop Carroll000 000 0 – 0 2 2
Ferndale000 100 X – 1 6 2
E-Mento 2, Vivis, Clites. DP-Ferndale 1. LOB-Bishop Carroll 5, Ferndale 7. 2B-Yuhas. SB-Gueguen, Mento, Li. Olshewsky, Rager.
Bishop Carroll-Simmons (L), 6 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO.
Ferndale-Yuhas (W), 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO.
PB-Gueguen, La. Olshewsky.
Records: Bishop Carroll (11-7), Ferndale (13-5).