Glendale downs Bishop Carroll

FLINTON — The top seeded Glendale Lady Vikings came out firing in the first two innings, scoring six runs against the three seeded Bishop Carroll Lady Huskies in yesterday’s District 6 Class A softball semifinal matchup. While the Huskies came on late, it was too much to make up, as the Vikings moved on with an 11-7 victory.

Brooke Smeal hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added two more RBIs later in the game, while Makenzie Lukehart also hit a two-run homer in the second inning.

“We haven’t really been tested a whole lot deep into games,” Glendale head coach Phil Barroner said. “So for us to go a full seven (innings) and be able to finish something … The score may not be where you want it, but at least we were able to battle through seven innings and still play competitive.”

Glendale pitcher Lexi Mulhollen knocked in a two-run single in the bottom of the first to give an early 2-0 lead. Three batters later, Smeal hit her two-run homer to left-center field.

“Brooke really had a big day for her today,” Barroner said. “It was big for her to step up. We kept saying that we needed someone to step up from the middle or bottom of the lineup and she really did today. She was a big rock for us in the middle of the lineup.”

Lukehart then hit a line driver homer to left field in the second inning, also bringing Kristen Hewitt across the plate to give a 6-0 Vikings lead.

We got aggressive early,” Barroner said. “I feel like being at home makes it a little easier to relax and go get pitches early that you want. We jumped on them and kept them on their toes so that they had to play chasing us for the rest of the day.”

The Huskies only had two base runners in the first two innings

“We started slow,” Huskies head coach Jamie Boyles said. “The whole season we’ve started slow. We started 0-3 and to be where we are today, that shows you the fighters that they are.”

Bishop Carroll’s deficit was cut in half in the top of the third inning, as Emma Simmons went yard on a three-run homer to bring the Glendale lead to 6-3. But Glendale poured it on in the fourth inning, scoring five more runs and sending 10 batters to the plate – six of which had singles.

“They hit everything that we threw at them,” Boyles said.

In the top of the seventh inning, Howard reached with a single with one out. Mulhollen then got Simmons to ground out in a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.

“When it came time to respond, I think we just waited a little too long to do that,” Boyles said.

Glendale moves to 15-5 on the season and will play Claysburg-Kimmel on Wednesday at noon at Saint Francis University for the District 6 Class A title — a rematch of last year’s title game.

“We know each other really well,” Barroner said of Claysburg-Kimmel. “It’s been a battle the last couple years. You going to have to be on top of your game if you’re going to beat them. It should be an interesting one.”

Bishop Carroll ended the season at 10-6. Boyles said they will miss its senior core, but looks forward in this year’s younger players stepping up next season.

Bishop Carroll (7): Borlie 2b 4110, Howard lf 4222, Simmons p 4113, Clark ss 3000, Divido c 3010, L. Golden 3b 2110, A. Golden rf 3110, Beck 1b 3022, McAndrew cf 3100. Totals: 29-7-9-7.

Glendale (11): Hewitt c 3320, Mak. Lukehart cf 4332, Mulhollen p 4023, Hamilton pr 0100, A. Vereshack ss 4230, Reese 2b 3111, Smeal lf 4124, Mad. Lukehart rf 3011, LeMaster 3b 2000, L. Vereshack ph 1000, B. Vereshack 1b 3000. Totals: 31-11-14-11.

Score by Innings

Bishop Carroll 003 022 0-7 9 0

Glendale 420 500 x-11 14 2

E–Reese, A. Vereshack. LOB-Bishop Carroll 2, Glendale 4. 2B-Beck; A. Vereshack 2, Hewitt. HR-Simmons (two on, third inning), Howard (one on, fifth inning); Smeal (two on, first inning), Mak. Lukehart (one on, second inning).

Pitching: Bishop Carroll: Simmons-6 IP, 14 H, 11 R, 11 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO. Glendale: Mulhollen-7 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO. WP-Mulhollen. LP-Simmons.