The Lady Wolverines used a three-hit performance by Freshman Ariana Garroway and an early five-run outburst to quickly dispatch the Panthers 15-0 in four innings on Tuesday. Ellwood City mashed three homes runs and used a five-run first inning and four-run second inning to quickly separate themselves from the visiting Panthers.
“The team hit from top to bottom in the lineup,” head coach Gary Rozanski said. “We were able to jump on Riverside early and we put the ball in play hard from the beginning.”
The victory on Senior Night continued the Wolverines undefeated season (12-0 overall) that will be assured with one more victory in its senior finale against New Castle. Ellwood City travels to New Castle for a 4 p.m. game on Thursday for an exhibition contest.
Also contributing to the Wolverine 12-hit outburst were Mallory Swogger (2-3 with two RBIs and a home run), Camille Maine (1B, 2B with two RBIs) and Allie McKelvey, who joined Garroway with multiple hit efforts. Garroway and Natalia Greco also connected with homers for the victorious Wolverines.
“We emphasis putting it in play hard wanting the defense to make a play,” Rozanski said.
Sklya Greco went the distance for Ellwood City on the mound, recording seven strikeouts over her four innings.
Ellwood City will find out their playoff opponent at some time on Thursday.
Photos of the Ellwood City-Riverside game by Bill Viccari at Viccari Photography for EllwoodCity.org.