Marion Center gave up three runs over the final two innings and fell out of the District 6 Class AA softball playoffs with a 4-3 loss to Mount Union in a first-round game Thursday afternoon in Marion Center.
The eighth-seeded Stingers (14-4) held a 3-1 lead through five innings before the Trojans (14-3) scored on two sixth-inning errors and a seventh-inning double.
“Pretty even teams,” Marion Center coach Ed Peterson said. “I think if we played them 10 times, it would be a one-run game every time.”
Megan Risinger struck out nine and did not issue a walk in seven innings but took the loss.
Kimmi Donaldson totaled three hits, including a double.
“You always hate to see it end,” Peterson said. “One of our goals is to be playing softball in June.”
Marion Center has gone 32-7 over the last two seasons.
“Our program has really turned around and is headed in the right direction,” Peterson said. “We’ve got a lot of good girls coming up.”
LIGONIER VALLEY 5, BALD EAGLE AREA 4: In a mild upset, 10th-seeded Ligonier Valley plated two runs in the seventh inning and avenged a loss in last year’s playoffs by nipping seventh-seeded Bald Eagle Area in a District 6 Class AA first-round game.
Maddy Grimm belted a two-run homer in the top of the third inning to put Ligonier Valley on the board first.
Rachel Wallace then ripped an RBI single to score Bre Wallace in the sixth, giving the Rams a 3-1 lead.
But Bald Eagle Area tied the score in the bottom of the sixth when Logan Fischer cracked a two-run single off Ligonier Valley ace Hailey Umbaugh to make it a 3-3 game.
The resilient Rams answered in the seventh, however, and Jackie Berry helped them regain their lead by cracking a two-run triple to score Grimm and Jeannie Markosky to make it 5-3.
With the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh, Umbaugh struck out Marissa Tobias to seal the win. Umbaugh fired a four-hitter, striking out six and walking one.
Bald Eagle Area upset top-seeded Ligonier Valley for a 7-6 win in the quarterfinal-round of last year’s playoffs.
Ligonier Valley won its sixth straight Heritage Conference title with its 5-0 win over Blairsville on Tuesday.
Because second-seeded Penn Cambria got upset by 15th-seeded Juniata on Thursday, Ligonier Valley will play host to Juniata on Monday.
HUNTINGDON 11, BLAIRSVILLE 4: Fourteenth-seeded Huntingdon stunned third-seeded Blairsville in a District 6 Class AA first-round game. The Bobcats ended the season at 13-3. No other details were reported.