STRATTANVILLE — Enduring two tightly-contested games in a doubleheader at the C-L Sports Complex, the Brookville Lady Raiders swept Clarion-Limestone with 9-6 and 12-9 wins Monday afternoon.
The two wins couldn’t have been at a better time for the Lady Raiders, who were 0-4 going into the games. They host St. Marys and Cranberry Wednesday and Thursday.
In the first game, the Lady Raiders trailed 6-2 going into the seventh inning but rallied for seven runs to get the win. In the nightcap as the hosts because of a makeup game of their March 29 rainout in Brookville, the Lady Raiders jumped out to a 9-3 lead after four innings before holding on to the 12-9 decision.
Now make it 2-4 for head coach Carl McManigle’s team.
“They needed this for this for their confidence and everything with some of the games we have coming,” McManigle said. “The coaches needed this to show them that they can do this and can compete. We didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning today on defense, but (Carlie) wasn’t 100 percent today. Those were two tough wins, but I’ll take them”
It was McManigle’s senior daughter Carlie who threw all 14 innings to get two wins on the mound. She also delivered a key bases-loaded triple with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning of the second game to put the Lady Raiders up 12-7 after C-L cut the lead to 9-7 with a four-run fifth inning.
The Lady Raiders were outhit 11-10 in the second game, but took advantage of five C-L errors that led to seven unearned runs. But Brookville gave away five unearned runs of its own on five errors that helped C-L make things interesting.
“That’s the team we have,” McManigle said. “We have to fight for everything we get because we tend to give some runs away. So we have to fight back.”
Carlie McManigle wound up driving in five runs in the second game. She singled in a run in the Lady Raiders’ four-run fourth and scored Lauren Hergert on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Hergert had three hits, including a two-run double in the second inning.
Megrah Suhan swung a hot bat all day, tripling twice, her second three-bagger driving in two runs in the fifth. She also had two hits and three RBIs in the first game, including a two-out, two-run double that broke a 9-9 tie in the top of the seventh.
McManigle, who banged up her ankle sliding into third on her triple, walked two and her only strikeout of the second game was a game-ending whiff of Lizzy Gruver with a runner on base.
In the first game, it was C-L (2-4) that built a 5-0 lead after five innings before the Lady Raiders broke through and ended pitcher Megan Stahlman’s shutout performance. McManigle’s sacrifice fly scored Regan Ganoe and Suhan’s two-out single brought home Hergert.
After C-L scored its fourth unearned run of the game to build the lead back to 6-2. But Brookville sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh.
Six of the first seven batters reached against Stahlman before Cassidy Makray replaced her. Ashton Pangallo walked and Leah Kammerdeiner doubled off the bottom of the fence in center. After Dani Maring’s popout, Emily Steel singled off the glove of third baseman Frances Milliron to score Pangallo. Herger followed with a double to score Kammerdeiner and cut it to 6-4.
With Steel and Hergert at second, Stahlman threw a wild pitch. Steel scored standing up, but the throw from catcher Abby Carl bounced away from Stahlman and Hergert scored the whole way from second to tie it at 6-6. Walks to Aleah Ames and McManigle chased Stahlman in favor of Makray, who gave up the big double by Suhan, who came around to score when Julie MacWilliams reached on an infield error.
C-L put two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the inning before McManigle got Stahlman to line out softly to Maring at third to end the game.
“It was great to see the girls gut these wins out,” McManigle said. “Those were two gutty performances. We were down in the first game and came back strong to score seventh. Carlie gutted through that second game. She hurt her ankle, but got through it. I can’t express how much the kids fought and fought today.”