Indiana outhit Kittanning 12-7 but surrendered four home runs, including three to the Wildcats’ Meg Toy, and lost 8-5 in a WPIAL Section 5-AAA softball game at the Indiana Little League Complex on Thursday.
Toy belted a pair of solo homers and smacked a two-run shot to fuel a four-run fourth-inning rally that gave the Wildcats a 6-0 lead.
Indiana’s Jayci Drew hit a solo homer, and the next batter, Holli Sottile, walloped a solo shot to cut Kittanning’s lead to four runs, 7-3, in the bottom of the fifth.
“Our field is a bit on the short side so that happens,” Indiana coach Harold Wilson said. “We pretty much just have to live with it and hope that we end up with more than the other team. Today we didn’t.”
Indiana’s Adrian Smith, who struck out nine and walked four in a complete-game effort, singled three times. Sara Freehling singled twice and scored a run, and Logan Everett singled twice for Indiana (1-4).
In the junior varsity game, Ashley Steffish drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help Indiana edge Kittanning, 10-9.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Steffish singled to right-center field to score Taylor Thomas with the game-winning run.
Thomas singled, doubled and tripled to lead Indiana (1-2-1). Shannon Ream singled three times, and Cassie Hunter doubled.
Ream struck out four and walked six to earn a complete-game win.
Indiana travels to Southmoreland on Monday.
FREEPORT 14, APOLLO-RIDGE 3: Visiting Freeport mustered just seven hits but used big rallies in the fourth and sixth innings to roll over winless Apollo-Ridge in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game that was shortened to six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Freeport was nursing a 2-0 lead before plating four runs on one hit and five walks in the fourth inning to stretch its lead to 6-0.
Sammy Geracia banged out a pair of singles to pace Apollo-Ridge (0-4). Sarah Stiffey hit a two-run single.
Ashley Emminger struck out four in four innings.
Apollo-Ridge (0-4) travels to Ford City today.