WARREN, Pa. – Warren swept a doubleheader from Cranberry on Saturday, 14-2 in 5 innings in Game 1, and held off a furious Berries’ rally for an 8-7 triumph in Game 2.
(Warren’s Katie Madigan slides in safely to home during Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Cranberry. Photo by Jeff Parkin.)
The Dragons scored early and often in Game 1, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings and seven in the fourth.
Alix Lytle belted RBI doubles in each of the first two innings for Warren, with Alex Neureiter also notching an RBI double in the first.
Carly Beers, who went 3-for-3, started the second inning with a single and Kelsey Stuart and Lytle had run-scoring hits in the frame.
Stuart had a strong start in the circle, striking out nine in the complete-game victory.
In the fourth for Warren, Lexi Hoffman and Beers had RBI hits, as three Dragons reached base via hit-by-pitch in the frame.
Birthday girl Katie Madigan capped the inning with a 2-run single.
Stuart joined Beers with three hits, while Madigan had two hits two RBIs and two runs scored and Ellee Irwin had pair of hits.
Laiyla Russell had a 2-run double in the first inning for Cranberry.
Alisha Beggs took the loss for Cranberry, going four-plus innings.
In the second Game, Warren raced out to an 8-1 lead.
Madigan had a hit to lead off the game and came around to score on a groundout from Stuart. The Dragons struck for three runs in the second on an RBI single from Neuretier and a 2-run single off the bat of Halle Kuzminski.
Warren plated three more runs in the fifth, with the big hit coming in the form of a 2-run single from Beers.
The Berries rallied, scoring four runs in the fifth, with Alaina Hogue delivering a big 2-run single.
Trailing 8-5 going into the bottom of the seventh, a Maria Anderson double plated Olivia Plummer and Rylee Coe’s RBI single made it 8-7 with two outs.
Coe advanced to second on the throw home, but Stuart left the tying run stranded, getting a strikeout to end the game.
Kuzminski and Beers had two RBIs apiece for Warren and Madigan, Stuart, Neureiter and Miken Beers one each.
Jenna Reynolds had a pair of hits, including a double for Cranberry, while Plummer scored a pair of runs.
Stuart was the winning pitcher, while Jenna Biltz took the loss.