Swartzfager, Schreck Come Up with Big Hits in Cranberry Seventh-Inning Rally over Redbank

| April 22, 2016

RedbankCranberrysoftballSENECA, Pa. – Bree Swartzfager’s single down the leftfield line drove home Malliah Schreck capping a five-run, seventh-inning rally for Cranberry in a 7-6 over visiting Redbank Valley.

Schreck had tied the game two batters earlier with a double to deep center that scored Natalie Barcinas and Andrea Watson.

The duo talks about their timely hitting and the team’s victory.

Cranberry entered the bottom of the seventh down 6-2 but used four errors during the first three batters of the inning to get the game-winning rally started.

Sarah Barcinas got the inning started when she hit a ground to second that was thrown away by second baseman Kimberly Shick.

Pinch hitter Nicole Hutchison followed with a comebacker to the mound, but pitcher Alyssa Burkett’s throw was high. On the play, courtesy runner Hannah Duncan went to third, and when first baseman Maycee Shumaker threw wild to third, Hutchison went to second. A wild pitch followed scoring Duncan and moving Hutchison to third.

Natalie Barcinas then laid down a bunt and reached safely when Shick missed the throw to first by Shumaker with Hutchison scoring to cut the Redbank lead to 6-4.

Watson then beat out a bunt putting runners on first and second with still no one out, and a wild pitch moved the runners to second and third.

After Libby Kiefer struck out for the first out, Malliah Schreck drove a ball to deep center. She actually rounded the bases but was sent back to second when it was determined the ball went under the fence for a ground-rule double.

See the video of the Schreck double.

Kendra Schreck then made the second out with a fly ball to center with Malliah Schreck moving to third, but Swartzfager picked her up with the sharp-hit ball to left.

See the video of Swartzfager’s game-winning hit.

Until the late Cranberry rally, Redbank Valley had held the lead since scoring twice in the top of the first on back-to-back hit by pitches to Lauren Rearick and and pinch hitter Kristen Shaffer that scored Lexi HIlt and Kara Hicks, who had both singled.

The Lady Bulldogs added a run in the second when Mckenzie Pence reached on an infield single leading off. Then, with one out, Shick and Hicks followed with infield singles, and Pence scored on a Shumaker fielder’s choice.

A pair of Cranberry errors helped Redbank Valley make it 4-0 in the fourth.

Pence reached when Watson, the rightfielder, dropped a pop fly. One out later, Shick singled Pence to third, and a fielder’s choice by Hicks that included an error by Tori Flinspach, scored Pence.

Cranberry scored a run in the fourth when Kiefer led off with an infield single to shortstop that Holt made a fantastic stop on but had no play and scored on a single to right by Kendra Schreck.

The Berries then closed to within two, 4-2, with a run in the fifth as a double to left by pinch hitter Rachael McCauley scored Duncan, running for Sarah Barcinas, who had singled to right leading off.

Redbank Valley added two what looked like insurance runs in the top of the seventh on a double to right by pinch hitter Sami Leasure to make it 6-2.

Kaylee Weaver also had a double for Cranberry giving the Berries three doubles among their nine hits.

Shick was 3-for-4 for Redbank Valley, while Hicks was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Holt added a pair of hits in five trips to the plate, and Pence scored twice.

Sarah Barcinas was the winning pitcher giving up six runs, five earned, on 11 hits and one walk while hitting two batters and striking out six.

Burkett took the loss allowing seven runs, one earned, on nine hits. She struck out six and didn’t walk anyone.

Cranberry is now 4-2, while Redbank Valley drops to 6-3. The Berries return to action at 9 a.m. Saturday at Keystone, while the Lady Bulldogs are off until Tuesday when they travel to Johnsonburg.

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