Youngsville Rallies to Top Eisenhower

April 19, 2024

RUSSELL, Pa. – Vanessa Romansosky’s 3-run home run ignited the Eagle’s offense as Youngsville topped Eisenhower, 12-11, for its first win of the season.

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Trailing 8-4 with one out in the fifth inning, Romansosky stepped to the plate with runners at first and second. She launched a 2-1 pitch over the centerfield fence to bring the Eagles within a run.

“Honestly, I did not think it was going that far. It was pure luck,” Romansosky said in the Cole Orthodontic Associates player interview. “It was a great game overall. This was the hardest we fought all season.”

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The Eagles continued the offensive momentum in the sixth, pounding out six hits to take a 12-8 lead. Marli Rectenwald led off with a single and scored on Hailey Grey’s double. Molly Helman doubled in Grey. One out later Madison Carnahan’s RBI single brought in Helman. A single and a walk loaded the bases. Rachael Lucks roped a 2-run single to left to put Youngsville ahead by four.

The Knights responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Samantha Childs hit an RBI double with one out. A single and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Riley Gafner. Gafner hit a sac fly to left to cut the lead to two. Tracey Jakubczak came home on a wild pitch to make it 12-11.

Youngsville opened the game with a 2-run first inning. Helman hit an RBI double and Kam Swearingen hit an RBI groundout.

Eisenhower answered with three in the home half. Childs and Jakubczak hit back-to-back RBI doubles and Abbie Darr followed with a 1-run single to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.

Kendra Danielson scored on a dropped third strike and Nakita Nelson hit an RBI groundout to extend Eisenhower’s lead to 5-2 in the second inning.

Carnahan hit a 1-run single and Ireland Abraham hit an RBI ground out in the third to trim the lead to 5-4, but the Knights scored three runs on Darr’s double and RBI singles by Gafner and Olsen to make it 8-4.

Jakubczak had four hits, scored three runs, and drove in another. Childs and Darr each had three hits and two RBI, and Gafner drove in a pair.

Childs allowed 10 earned runs on 14 hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5 ⅓ innings. Payton Frank gave up one earned run on four hits and a walk in 1 ⅔ innings.

Grey had four hits, including three doubles, and scored three runs. Helman and Carnahan each had three hits and two RBI.

Swearingen allowed 11 earned runs on 20 hits with three strikeouts in seven innings

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