JOHNSONBURG — The Johnsonburg softball team captured the Elk County Tournament title Wednesday in an event that was pushed up a day and ultimately completed in one day to beat forecasted bad weather in the coming days.
The top-seeded Ramettes blasted Kane, 18-2, in four innings in the tourney’s opener Wednesday, with third-seeded St. Marys knocking off Elk County Catholic, 14-0, in five innings in the other semifinal machup at Knothole Park.
Johnsonburg and St. Marys then decided to play the championship as well Wednesday,. And, it was the Ramettes who came away with a 10-5 victory to capture what is believed to be the school’s first county softball crown.
The Ramettes pounded out 10 hits in their opening win against Kane. Lindsey Kocjancic led the way as she went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs. Teammates Jaylie Johnson and Skylar Sherry each had two hits. Maria Jones added a triple and three RBIs, while Britnee Thorwart and Kylee Wall each had two RBIs.
Jones went the distance in the circle for the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out seven in four innings of work.
In the other semifinal, St. Marys jumped out to an 8-0 lead after one inning and never looked back in its mercy-rule victory.
Micayla Bothun, Maddie Bowes, Sydney Eckert, and Brittany Shaw all had two hits for St. Marys. Eckert had a triple and team-high four RBIs, while Bekka Bauer knocked in a trio of runs. Morgan Krug and Lexi Cunningham both had two RBIs.
In the finals, St. Marys scored twice in the top of the first, only to see Johnsonburg respond with five runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. That proved to be enough for the Ramettes, who added a run in the second before scoring twice in both the fifth and sixth.
Kocjancic had another big game for Johnsonburg, going 3-for-4 with a RBI. Jones, Sherry and Alyssa Kasmnierski each had two hits and two RBIs, with Sherry belting a homer and Jones two doubles. Maddie Herzing and Hannah park added two hits a piece, with Herzing ripping a double.
Bothun, Maddie LeGrys and Cunningham each had two hits for the Lady Dutch in the finals, while Bowes hit a homer and finished with two RBIs.