Lady Colts rally, but fall short
JOHNSTOWN — For the third straight year, the Northern Cambria softball team advanced to the District 6 Class 2A semifinals with hopes of making it to the championship game.
For the third straight year, the Lady Colts’ season ended in disappointment.
Fourth-seeded NC battled back from an 8-2 deficit against top-seed Bishop McCort to tie the game 8-8 and send it to extra innings, but the Lady Crushers strung together three straight singles with two outs in the bottom of the eighth for a 9-8 win Friday at Roxbury Park.
Freshman Emily Ream drove in Ally Diamond with a sharp hit to right field for the walk-off win and the school’s first-ever berth in the title game.
“I can’t believe I did that,” Ream said of the game-winning hit. “I felt like I was going throw up when I was batting. Our coaches were telling us to look for the outside pitch because that was mainly what their pitcher threw, and I was ready to drive it.”
McCort plays Marion Center on Wednesday at Saint Francis University for district gold. Northern’s season ended at 12-8.
“I give my girls a ton of credit for not giving up. Against a team like that, they could have laid down and just died,” NC coach Kevin Krug said. “One of these days were going to win in this round and make it to the final game.”
Northern took a 1-0 in the second when Jessica Krug scored on a wild pitch, but McCort answered with three in the bottom half of the frame. Sierra Widmar dropped a two-out hit just inside the right field line for a two-run triple then scored on a wild pitch.
After each team scored once in the third, the Lady Crushers opened up a six-run cushion with four in the fourth.
Four doubles and a walk all coming with two outs made it an 8-2 game.
“It’s huge when you have two outs and can score three, four, five runs. That one inning we were on fire hitting the ball,” BM coach Rick Conrad said.
The Lady Colts got two back in the fifth with some two-out lightning of their own. Camryn Dumm and Autumn Donatelli both singled, and Krug brought them home with a triple to the left center gap.
Northern rallied for four more in the sixth to tie the game. Emma Kollar and Rayna Buza set the table with back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Sydney Sheredy was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.
Nicole Bearer reached on a error, scoring pinch-runner Ally Trybus. Dumm followed with a single that drove home Buza and Sheredy.
Krug drew a bases loaded walk later in the inning that scored Bearer with the tying run.
McCort pitcher Lauren Dellett, who gave up just two hits through the first four innings, got a strikeout and groundout to keep the game tied then retired Northern in order in the seventh and eighth.
“Coming out of the four-spot, we ran into the best team. From top to bottom, they hit well, and they don’t make many mistakes,” Kevin Krug said. “Now our expectations really high after reaching this point three straight years. We expect to win 13, 14 games a season and expect to get to at least the semifinal game. We want to get to that final game, make the PIAAs and hang a banner on the wall, but it’s not going to be this year.”
NORTHERN CAMBRIA (8): Sheredy ss 320, Bearer cf-p 410, Dumm 1b 412, Donatelli 3b 512, Krug 2b 311, Lieb c 300, Kollar (flex) 200, Olenchick rf-lf 201, Trybus pr 010, Buza lf-cf 412, Novella rf-cf 400, Kudlawiec p 000. Totals — 34 8 8.
BISHOP MCCORT (9): Widmar 2b 322, Svencer 512, Dellett p 422, McKee c 411, Diamond ss 412, Horner lf 502, Ream 1b 303, Hunt pr 000, Wissinger cf 410, Sorchilla rf 110. Totals — 34 9 14.
SCORE BY INNINGS
No. Cambria 011 024 00–8 8 3
Bishop McCort 031 400 01–9 14 3
2B–Widmar, Svencer, McKee, Diamond. 3B–Krug, Widmar, Dellett. Multiple hits–Dumm 2, Donatelli 2, Buza 2, Widmar 2, Svencer 2, Dellett 2, Diamond 2, Horner 2, Ream 2. RBI–Bearer, Dumm 2, Krug 3, Widmar 2, Svencer, McKee 2, Diamond, Ream. WP–Dellett. LP–Bearer. SO–Kudlawiec 1, Bearer 5, Dellett 6. BB–Kudlawiec 3, Bearer 4, Dellett 4.
Records: Northern Cambria (12-8); Bishop McCort (17-2).