Lady Yellow Jackets hold off East Hardy, 9-5

Richmond catcher Sydney Tilton left tags Greenville's Aleya Pelletier during the Class D South regional final last season at St. Joseph's College in Standish

Richmond catcher Sydney Tilton left tags Greenville's Aleya Pelletier during the Class D South regional final last season at St. Joseph's College in Standish

The first match saw the Raiders bats come to life nearly matching the Jayhawks hit for hit, but ultimately losing 11-8 with only four of those 11 runs being earned.

"We had so many errors. Defense turned it around after that, but at that point it was nearly too late". The Vikings were trailing 13-2 in the last of the fourth of the nightcap when the game was stopped.

"She was placing the ball where we needed it to be", Keystone coach Jim Piazza said.

The Raiders wouldn't go down without a fight and with Manion on the mound, they seemed to tighten things up. Rebecca Pruss came on relief to record the save thanks to three innings in which she allowed two runs.

CMU junior Laura Vaccaro pitched 6 innings, allowing six runs off six hits while walking four batters.

It was a remarkable pitching performance from Manion in the first contest. "She's hitting her spots, and when you're doing that, you don't have to throw it by everybody". The first game on this day belonged to Grant Wolframfor DU. Williams then stole her way home and Valentine moved to third, scoring on Nicole Pendleton's, senior catcher, sacrifice fly ball. Despite Manion having the hot hand, Skudre made a decision to put Evans back on the mound for the second game.

The second game of the double header on Sunday would start out very similar for American International, as their bats started off cold. "She had a little bit of tightness in her arm, and so we went back to (Evans) knowing that (Manion) might be able to come back in after she gets her arm warmed back up".

Also getting into the act were Chesie McLaughlin, who hit a pinch-hit two-run double in the sixth inning, and Alee Milinkovich-Gray and Niya Wilson, who hammered pinch-hit triples and scored runs in the seventh inning.

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Kylee Moberg reached via error and drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-0.

Bechina was on fire on the afternoon as he would hit his second home run on the day in the bottom of the third to give the Spartans a 6-3 lead.

Novack tripled and scored on a single by Haley Edwards. Branford's next hitter, Brittany Frye, waited on a slow changeup and lined a single to left field to bring in Linton and cut Trenton's lead to 4-2.

"Something changed from that first to second game", Evans said.

Holmes then picked up her second RBI of the game to put Putnam County ahead 3-1 after three innings. "Taylor had a solid outing and it was important to close it out in five [innings]".

The Panthers were led offensively by junior Drew Brannan who went two for three at the plate with two RBI's and fellow junior Stetson Cudo also added two RBI's while going 1-3 with a walk as well for the Panthers. The Panthers (19-15, 9-7) were on the brink of a series sweep as the two teams they lost were one-run, low-scoring affairs.

Coach Kim Schuette called junior Kayla Bear's diving catch in left center field in the seventh inning of the first game Wednesday against Southeast Missouri the best she has seen on that field. We are a young team but we are playing really well right now.

Welch led the team with two hits, while he and Hawkins both had two RBI. With all the weather postponements as of late, the Raiders will have plenty of opportunity to get on the right track.

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