Softball, glove and bat


District 5 Class AA Semifinal

Conemaugh Township 14, Northern Bedford 1 (5): In Davidsville, Carlie Dillon compiled 11 strikeouts in a one-hitter as the top-seeded Indians dispatched the No. 4 seed Panthers. Dillon, who went 2-for-3 at the plate, did not allow an earned run and surpassed 200 punchouts this season. She needs one more for 600 in her career. 

Sarah Favreau went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Conemaugh Township. Josie Blank and Kylee Greig added two hits apiece, with Greig doubling to drive in four runs. Abby Hoffman also doubled. 

Conemaugh Township (19-2) meets Meyersdale, which defeated Everett 8-7, in Wednesday’s championship game. 

District 6 Class A Semifinals

Glendale 11, Conemaugh Valley 8: In Flinton, the top-seeded Vikings scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of a comeback victory over the Blue Jays in the District 6 Class A softball semifinal round.

“Glendale is a very solid team both offensive and defensively,” Conemaugh Valley coach Paula McCleester said. “Our girls did our best, getting four runs off their top pitcher (Kyla Campbell). We just had a couple crucial defensive errors. We weren’t patient when we needed to be offensively. But all in all, our girls played until the end.”

Glendale (20-3) had 14 hits, with Brooke Smeal collecting three hits and two RBIs. 

Alaney Vereshack, Olivia Reese and Kyla Campbell each had two hits.

Vereshack had two runs and two RBIs. Campbell had a two-run homer and three RBIs. Chloe McElheny had a two-run homer.

Conemaugh Valley closed an 11-5 season. 

Blue Jays seniors Kasey McClain and Tessa Gunby led the way on offense.

McClain went 3-for-3 with a walk, four runs and three RBIs. She hit two homers, a two-run shot and a solo blast.

Gunby had two hits, with four RBIs and two runs. She blasted a three-run home run in the sixth, her 100th career hit.

Claysburg-Kimmel 20, Portage 4 (6): In Portage, the third-seeded Bulldogs piled up 15 runs over their final two at-bats to defeat the second-seeded Mustangs.

Harleigh Cavender, Madison Frye and Haleigh Reed all had three hits for Claysburg-Kimmel. Cavender doubled, homered and drove in five runs. Reed homered twice and plated four runs. Bekah Claar blasted a home run and chased in three runs. 

Emily Claar, Madison Knisely and Corryne Weyandt (three RBIs) each produced two hits for the visitors. Olivia Bushore fanned nine batters in the circle. 

Portage freshman Karli Karalfa homered twice and drove in three runs. Fellow freshman Lauren Shaffer doubled. 


District 6 Class A Semifinal

St. Joseph’s 8, Blacklick Valley 5: In Nanty Glo, the sixth-seeded Wolves pushed four runs across in the top of the seventh to defeat the No. 2 seed Vikings, which took their first lead with two runs in the sixth. 

“We battled back, but it got away from us in the seventh,” Blacklick Valley coach Garry Wurm said. “I am extremely proud of this ball team. We never quit. We battled right down to the final out.”

Jack Mangene and R.J. Marsh had three hits apiece, and Zane Thornburg drove in a pair of runs for the Wolves.

Jude Gdula was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for the Vikings. Josh Little also had a pair of RBIs.

With one out in the seventh, St. Joseph’s loaded the bases on a hit batter, single and walk. Thornburg lined a two-run single to center to put the Wolves up 6-5. Corey Simmons was relieved by Josh Little. Mangene then singled in a run and Matt Steyers grounded out to short, plating the final run of the inning. The Vikings went down in order to end the game.


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