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May 21. 2013 12:40AM
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SHICKSHINNY — For six innings Monday, Northwest used flawless defense to hang with Dunmore despite an offense that was handcuffed by the arm of Bucks’ pitcher Sarah Ross.

But in the seventh inning, walks and errors led to three unearned runs that would ultimately end the Rangers’ season in a 4-1 defeat.

“We worked on that and worked on that all week,” Northwest coach Karen May said of her team’s defense. “We’ve been a little shaky on defense throughout the year. Every day we’ve worked on mistakes, mistakes, mistakes and pounding the ball to stop as many mistakes as we can. We did it for six innings. We held strong, but we just couldn’t do it for seven (innings.)”

Northwest pitcher Kelsey Yustat was solid on the mound, as she allowed just two hits, no walks and one run over the first six innings. The Rangers were able to keep the score at 1-0 due in large part to several great plays in the field. Susie Mendegro made a pretty backhanded grab on a ground ball in the first inning, and freshman Molly Hasay made a nice running catch on a fly ball in the fifth.

Trouble would find Yustat in the seventh when the sophomore walked Ross to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt advanced Ross to second, Ally Borgia’s single to left was mishandled allowing an important insurance run to score. Kaitlyn Knebl drew a base on balls to put runners on first and second, and both of them would score two batters later when Carly Tallo’s fly ball was dropped to make the score 4-0.

Four runs proved to be more than enough for Ross, who kept the Rangers off balance at the plate. The junior would strike out ten, and held Northwest without a hit until one out in the seventh.

“I think our girls, we’re a little scared of that,” May said of the speed Ross showed. “That’s the problem with our league. We’ve got to play more competitive teams. We did more this year. But we have to see that faster pitcher. We’re not used to it. You see a lot of slow- and then you throw in a fast one. It takes our girls a game to adjust, and you don’t always have that game to adjust.”

Tenth-seeded Dunmore opened the scoring in the second inning. Angela Kelly led off with an infield hit to shortstop. Borgia would lay down a sacrifice to put a runner in scoring position. After a groundout, Gina Kelly roped a run-scoring single to right-center that scored Kelly.

Ross breezed through Northwest’s lineup the first time around. She would need just 32 pitches to retire the Rangers in order through three innings while recording five strikeouts.

“We were just trying to come out and be sharp,” Ross said. “My coach was calling great pitches and I had great defenders behind me. I had confidence in what I was throwing. It’s really big for us, because we didn’t do so well in the league this year. Things kind of fell apart for us. So we’re just trying to stay together and move on.”

The number seven seed Rangers finally found success on offense in their final at-bat. Maggie Murphy drew a one-out walk, and was promptly driven in on Olivia McCorkel’s RBI double to right field. But Ross would settle down, and retire the final two hitters on a strike out and fly out as the Bucks advance to play Montrose in a District 2 Class 2A quarterfinal Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Montrose.


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