By Steve Svetovich
A brilliant complete game 4-hit pitching effort by Ashley Walsh and clutch go-ahead hit by Jenna Bradley led the Holy Cross Lady Crusaders to a 3-1 win over Riverside to capture the District 2 Class 2A title Wednesday, May 31 at Penn State Worthington.
Walsh gave up one unearned run, walked two and struck out three in her seven innings of work.
Holy Cross (15-2), coached by Joe Ross, was up 1-0, but the Lady Vikings tied the game in the top of the sixth. Bradley, a freshman hitting .440, fouled off four straight pitches before smacking a long single to drive in the two go-ahead runs for Holy Cross.
Walsh then pitched a scoreless seventh to secure the 3-1 district title win. Walsh added three hits and scored one of the three Holy Cross runs.
The first run in the contest came in the bottom of the fourth when Holy Cross stalwart catcher Grace Perechinsky walked, took second on a Walsh base hit and scored when an errant throw deflected off the glove of Riverside pitcher Katelyn Weller.
Riverside tied the game in the sixth when Weller’s single was mishandled in the outfield allowing Kristen Lello to score from first.
Walsh’s third hit of the game started the winning rally with two outs in the sixth. Rose
Martillotti fouled off a couple 3-2 pitches before hitting a clutch single.
Shortly after, came Bradley’s big hit which proved to be the game winner.
Holy Cross senior Abby Anderson made a nice running catch in deep centerfield for the first out in the final inning.
Perechinsky went 3- for-3 with two doubles and Walsh drove in three runs to lead the Lady Crusaders to a 5-3 win over Wyoming Seminary in the District 2 Class 2A semifinals Friday, May 26 at St. Anthony’s Playground, Dunmore.
Lauren Torre and Martillotti each had two hits for the Lady Crusaders.
Bradley pitched a complete game striking out nine, walking one and allowing seven hits and one earned run in the win.
Senior standout Anderson had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs in the No. 1 Lady Crusaders 12-2 win over Blue Ridge in the District 2 Class 2A quarterfinals Tuesday, May 23 at St. Anthony’s Playground, Dunmore.
Perechinsky had two hits, including a homer.
Bradley had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs.
Martillotti had three hits, one run and one RBI.
Holy Cross scrappy shortstop Lindsey Leppo had two hits, two runs and one RBI.
Walsh pitched a five inning complete game, allowing two runs, six hits, one walk and striking out three.
Members of the district champion Lady Crusaders include Abby Anderson, Rose Martillotti, Lauren Torre, Ashley Walsh, Amanda Ross, Grace Perechinsky, Hannah Gilhooley, Gianna Calciano, Allison Pavlowski, Olivia Zehel, Kelsey Hartman, Ally McGee, Jenna Bradley, Lindsey Leppo, Gianna Sachetti and Olivia Krupski.