Trinity Edge went the yard with the bases jacked as the Knight defused the Rockets again with a fiive-inning 10-0 win.
Edge also struck out 13.
Gabby Laderer got two hits, drew a walk and scored a run while filling in at shortstop for an ailing Syndi Hoobler. Rylie Hanna and Kirsten Hicks each drove in a pair of runs and Autumn Fitzgerald also had an RBI.
Titusville only managed three hits against Edge.
Just one more... Below is a funny photo from a nice moment where the team huddles together at the mound. Abby Boland happened to just look up and all I could think was, that is the game face she needs come playoff time. I suspect it might also be the look I get next time I cover a game after publishing this photo here.
Rocky Grove moved their conference record to 4-1 Tuesday with a straight set pummeling of Cathedral Prep, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14.
They now move into a tough stretch where they will face Cochranton next and then Conneaut Area again, but this time as a conference game. The last time they played Conneaut it was five set brawl that either team could've won, but the Orioles came out on top. They then will face Saegertown, Mercyhurst Prep and Cambridge Springs.
Not an easy road, but the Orioles are 5-1 overall and playing the best volleyball in years. Highlights from their win over Cathedral Prep: Blayne Baker recorded 19 points, Alex Zinz 15, Joshua Stevenson 13, Wyatt Gregory 11 and Cameron King 10. Zinz led with 7 kills and Avery Purich had 7 digs.
They play Cochranton Wednesday on the road.
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After their loss earlier this week to state ranked Meadville, Rocky Grove bounced right back with a solid effort beating Fort LeBoeuf in straight sets to move their region record to 3-1 and 4-1 overall.
Coach Mike Stevenson said errors from the Meadville match is something they were concentrating on improving, especially in the serving. "We saw an improvement tonight," he said
The varsity won 25-17, 25-14, 29-27 with standout performances from several players:
They will host Cathedral Prep on Tuesday.
Joshua Stevenson had 20 assists and nine points. Blayne Baker had eight kills and four digs. Alex Zinz added three digs and seven kills. Wyatt Gregory had seven points with three kills. Avery Purich had six digs and six points,
The Orioles now 3-1 will hit the road again Thursday to take on Fort LeBoeuf.
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This was the story we did for the Titusville News-Journal this week.
Though they didn’t have to face Franklin ace Luke Guth in the contest, they knew they had to be at their best.
Hunter Thomas pitched a gem giving up only two hits and striking out 12. Thomas also had a good day at the plate recording two RBI’s on two hits. “He really took control of the game,” Schweitzer said. “It was an impressive outing for him.
Kasen Neely went 3-4. Burliegh and Nate Stearns also had big hits driving four more runs between them.
“We’ve been having good at bats in every game,” Schweitzer said. Franklin kept it close until the fifth inning when the Rocket’s took off, scoring six in the fifth. They added a couple more in the sixth ending the game with the 10-run mercy rule in play.
On Saturday the team had a chance to play a game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh against Athens High School. The Pirates organization works with schools to give them a chance to play on a big league field in exchange for help selling 500 tickets.
Schweitzer said they have until the end of the season to sell the tickets (see boxed sidebar for details.)
In the game, the PNC Park grounds crew stopped the game after five innings and the Rockets were only down 3-1.
Schweitzer said the Athens team is a good team from the northern center of the state who had played at PNC a couple times before.
Kasen Neely, the starting pitcher, only gave up three runs on four hits in his three innings of work. Kam Mong held Athens to only one hit in his two innings.
Jaxon Covell had the one RBI in the first. Assistant coach, Uriah Sampson, said in a text message. “It was pretty surreal being on the field.”
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"We got off to a good start, but now they will go face Meadville who are ranked pretty high in the state," Stevenson said about the upcoming week. Meadville will be a good test for just how far they have come and be a chance to test their game against one of the best programs in the state.
"I think these guys can (make a) run if we play our A-game."
Trinity Edge is a strong pitcher, arguably one of the best in the state. In the second inning of Thursday's game against Slippery Rock, coach Chad Hoobler saw his pitcher give up a walk and then a hit that led to a score. He headed out to the mound even though his team was already up 5-1.
And he talked to her for a bit of time.
"The mound meeting was just a chance to get Trinity refocused," Hoobler later said.
Edge quickly finished off the side, leaving a runner stranded.
The game only lasted another inning and a half as the Knight's bats were red hot and they answered Slippery Rock's one-run second with nine runs.
Hoobler didn't appear in a hurry to run up the score. During base hits with runners on, he seemed to play conservatively and instead of sending them home.
Earlier in the week the Knights had a 15-run mercy rule win against Grove City. "Three inning games are not ideal but they are still an opportunity to get better both as a team and individually," Hoobler said.
Seeing his team's ability compared to the young Slippery Rock squad, he chose to bring in substitutes as early as the second inning. Even switching out his first pitcher in the third inning to get his players experience in different situations and configurations.
"As for the game, we wanted to work on certain aspects of our offense," Hoobler said. The Knights combined for 15 hits. They brought 27 batters to the plate in just three innings.
Nine Franklin players got a hit in the three inning 16-1 win.
Franklin is scheduled to play at Sharpesville at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Oil City's freshman pitcher Sophia Garmong, who was in in relief, was mowing down Titusville in previous innings, took care of keeping the Rockets from getting insurance runs. She fielded a slap bunt for an easy out, then recorded a strike out before getting the final Rocket batter to ground out to short.
The score was 2-1 going into the bottom half of the seventh.
With the score tied and runners on second and third, it was now Garmong who focussed on the task at hand - to win the game.
"I was thinking I have to hit this, this is my time, my team is counting on me." Garmong said about what was going through her mind as she stood in the batter's box. She then lifted one to right field and watched it as she began to slowly trot toward first. "I was so scared (the right fielder) was going to catch it. I was just hoping and praying it would fall," she said. "Then I saw it hit off her glove and I was like, I'm just going - I just kept going."
It was enough to plate Whittemore for the 3-2 walk-off win. It was their second come from behind win after earlier in the season forcing overtime against Slippery Rock and then winning it in extra innings.
"The chemistry with this team is just fantastic," Hoovler said. "They just work together really well, they fight to the end and they never give up."
Green said that Oil City has a good group of athletes right now and they are capitalizing on that. "We have a good group too, they just have to believe it," she said. "When you get to that point (late in the game) it comes down to which team wants it and (today) Oil City wanted it more."
Titusville falls to 1-2 while Oil City sits undefeated at 3-0 on the season. To put in perspective how high they are riding now. They only won three games from 2019 to the end of 2022.
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