NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Northern Cambria plated three runs in West Shamokin’s mistake-filled third inning and a trio of relievers combined to finish Kaitlin Kudlawiec’s strong start as the fourth-seeded Colts edged the visiting Wolves, 3-2, in a District 6 Class 2A quarterfinal-round softball game Tuesday.
Northern Cambria (12-7) will visit top-seeded Bishop McCort in the semifinals on Friday.
West Shamokin, the fifth seed, wrapped up its season with a 9-7 record.
The Colts sandwiched a pair of singles around a sacrifice bunt to open the third inning before Rayna Buza plated the go-ahead run and reached base on an infield error. Johnnie Marie Olenchick followed with an RBI groundout, and Sydney Sheredy drove in Buza and reached base on an error at third base as the Northern Cambria took a 3-0 lead.
West Shamokin snapped the shutout with a run in the fourth inning and brought the Wolves within one with a run in the sixth, but Northern Cambria reliever Kayla Boring recorded the final two outs in the frame to end the threat.
Nicole Bearer and Jessica Krug allowed one hit apiece in a scoreless seventh inning to seal Northern Cambria’s victory.
Brooke Lieb went 2-for-2 with a double for the Colts, and Bearer had two hits.
For West Shamokin, Riley Prugh went 2-for-3 and Lexie Young doubled.
Kudlawiec earned the win with three strikeouts over 5 1-3 innings.
Kaely Klonowski was charged with three unearned runs and struck out five in a complete-game loss.