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Taylor Schlimm recorded her fifth shutout of the season on Thursday afternoon as she pitched the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusaders to a 12-0, five-inning victory over the visiting Kane Area High Lady Wolves in a game played at Benzinger Park.
Schlimm faced just 17 batters in the five innings, giving up just two infield hits while striking out 10 and issuing no free passes.
Schlimm had plenty of offensive help from her teammates as they pounded out 10 hits on their way to scoring 12 runs. Anna Hawkins led the way for the Lady Crusaders with two hits and four RBIs, while Hannah McGowan, Jessie Ginther, Jenny Cappiello and Lyndsey Trumbull each added two hits and Kristy Hanes had the other hit.
"Anna (Hawkins) continued her hot hitting with 10 RBIs in the last two days," said Coach Joe Coroso of the Lady Crusdaders. "Hannah (McGowan), Jessie (Ginther), Jenny (Cappiello) and Lyndsey (Trumbull) also had great days at the plate. Taylor (Schlimm) was in control the entire game."
K. Hoag took the loss for the Kane squad as she gave up 11 hits, struck out two, walked five and hit one batter.
The two singles for the Lady Wolves were recorded by S. Ferranto and K. Bizzak.
The Lady Wolves went down in order in the three innings while the Elk County Catholic girls scored seven times in their first three innings. In the first inning, the Lady Crusaders picked up three runs on a walk to Ginther, who advanced to third on a single by Hawkins, then scored on a wild pitch. Hawkins then scored on a sacrifice by Cappiello. Trumbull doubled and scored following a walk and single by Hanes to make it 3-0.
In the second inning, the Lady Crusaders picked up four more runs. Following an infield fly out, McGowan, Ginther, Hawkins, Cappiello and Trumbull all hit singles to account for two of the runs. Schlimm hit a sacrifice fly to score Hawkins and Cappiello scored on an infield error to make it 7-0.
In the top of the fourth, the Lady Wolves recorded their first hit of the game on a single by Ferranto with two outs. Schlimm then struck out the next batter to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the fourth, the Lady Crusaders scored five times on two hits. Cappiello opened the inning with a double, then Trumbull was hit by a pitch and Schlimm drew a walk to load the bases. Julia Scacchitti drew a walk to force in Cappiello. A strikeout was followed by a walk to Samantha Smith to force in Trumbull. McGowan then reached first on an unsuccessful fielder's choice as Schlimm scored to make it 10-0. A fly out to short was followed by a single up the middle by Hawkins to drive in the final two runs of the inning and make the score 12-0.
In the top of the fifth, the Lady Wolves managed an infield single after two outs were recorded, but once again Schlimm struck out the next batter to end the game due to the 10-run rule.
Elk County Catholic is now 6-0 in games played and overall 6-1 (forfeit at Brockway) on the season and will take on the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch this afternoon at 4:15 p.m. at Benzinger Park. The junior varsity game will follow the varsity contest.
Kane Area 0
A. Gregg 2-0-0, N. Sluga 2-0-0, S. Ferranto 2-0-1, K. Jamerson 2-0-0, A. Geer 2-0-0, K. Chilson 2-0-0, K. Bizzak 2-0-1, H. H. Walters 2-0-0, K. Hoag 1-0-0. Totals 17-0-2.
Elk Catholic 12
Hannah McGowan 4-1-2, Jessie Ginther 3-2-2, Anna Hawkins 4-2-2, Jenny Cappiello 3-2-2, Lyndsey Trumbull 2-2-2, Taylor Schlimm 0-1-0, Kristy Hanes 2-0-1, Julia Scacchitti 0-1-0, Jessie McLaughlin 3-0-0, Michelle Imbrogno 2-0-0, Samantha Smith 0-1-0, Torie Gradizzi 0-0-0. Totals 24-12-11.
Score by Innings
Kane 000 00 0
ECCH 340 5x 12