Lady Bulldogs Win Second Straight District 6 1A Title

C-K Defeats Glendale for Second Straight Year; In Quarters of State Playoffs

 

For the Herald by Gary M. Baranec

Claysburg-Kimmel sophomore Haileigh Reed (left) slides safely into home plate against Union on Monday, June 3, in the first round of the state Class 1A playoffs. Reed had three hits, four RBIs and scored twice in the Lady Bulldogs' 11-7 victory. C-K will battle DuBois Central Catholic in the quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. today, June 6, at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

The Claysburg-Kimmel softball team claimed its fifth District 6 title in 11 years on Friday, May 31, as the third-seeded Lady Bulldogs knocked off top-seeded Glendale 8-5 in a Class 1A tilt at Saint Francis University, Loretto.

The Inter-County Conference North Division rivals were meeting for the third straight year in the district title game. Glendale was victorious in 2017 while C-K won last year.

On Monday, June 3, C-K earned its 20th win of the season in 24 games with an 11-7 victory over District 7 runner-up Union in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs.

Monday's win sets up a rematch with District 9 champion DuBois Central Catholic (15-9). The two teams will square off in a quarterfinal-round game at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, June 6, at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson. C-K defeated DCC last year 5-4 in the quarterfinals.

Today's winner will advance to the semifinals on Monday, June 10, and face either Clarion (District 9 runner-up) or two-time defending state champion West Greene (District 7 champion) at a time and site to be determined. Those two teams will battle each other at 2 p.m. today at Slippery Rock University.


C-K 8, Glendale 5

In the district title game, C-K struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning. Haileigh Reed had an RBI single, and the second run scored on a wild pitch.

Glendale rallied in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs. The Lady Vikings took advantage of two C-K errors in the frame to take a one-run lead.

C-K regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning, as Reed drove in her third run of the day with a double and later scored on a wild pitch.

A four-run fifth inning extended the Lady Bulldogs' lead to 8-3. Single runs in the sixth and seventh innings by Glendale capped the scoring.

Reed was C-K's top hitter with two of the team's six hits and three RBIs. Emily Claar and Harleigh Cavender each scored twice.

On the mound, C-K's Olivia Bushore yielded 10 hits, struck out six and walked two.

Glendale also advanced to the state playoffs and earned a 7-3 victory over District 5 champion Shanksville-Stoneycreek on June 3. The Lady Vikings (21-4) will battle District 3 champion Millersburg (17-4) at 4 p.m. today at Everett High School.

Should C-K and Glendale go head to head in the PIAA playoffs, it would be for the state title on June 14 at Penn State University.

C-K 11, Union 7

On June 3 at Penn State's Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park – site of the PIAA championships – C-K held off a late Union rally for an 11-7 victory.

A two-run triple by Rebekah Claar scored Madison Knisley and Madison Frye in the bottom of the second inning. The lead grew to 5-0 in the third when Jazmin Kennedy scored on a wild pitch, Harleigh Cavender scored on a Haileigh Reed single and Reed scored on a ground ball out.


Union pulled to within 5-2 in the top of the fourth inning. The Scotties scored on a triple and a wild pitch.

C-K distanced itself from Union with a five-run fourth. The inning featured three hits, three walks and an error. Reed and Knisley each had a two-run double in the inning. Cavender had an RBI groundout.

Each team scored a single run in the fifth inning. Union made it 10-3 following three straight hits, but Reed's fourth RBI of the game made it 11-3.

Union closed the gap in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs, but C-K hung on for the win.

Kennedy and Cavender each had two hits for C-K. Knisley finished with three RBIs. Kennedy crossed the plate three times, while Reed scored twice.

Olivia Bushore pitched into the seventh inning for C-K. She yielded six runs on 10 hits, struck out six and walked one. Sierra Walters came on relief of Bushore and allowed one run on one hit.

For the Herald by Gary M. Baranec

Claysburg-Kimmel senior Emily Claar (11) hugs a teammate following the team's District 6 Class 1A championship over Glendale on May 31. The victory marked the Lady Bulldogs' second straight district title and their fifth in 11 seasons. C-K is 20-4 overall this season.

 

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