The Wolverines remain undefeated on the season and now have run their winning streak to 38 against WPIAL teams.
Ellwood City will make a second straight trip to the title game and also has qualified for the state playoffs after its 3-1 victory over #4 Southmoreland (11-7 overall) Tuesday afternoon.
Ellwood City took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ariana Garroway scored on a Olivia Porter error. Southmoreland coach Todd Bunner claimed interference on Zoe Kalantzis as she advanced from second to third and possibly hindered Porter’s ability to field the grounder.
Staked to the 1-0 lead, pitcher Skyla Greco struck out five of the first nine Scotties batters, including fanning the side in the second.
Porter, a Pitt-Johnstown recruit, broke up the no hitter with a lead off single in the fourth.
Southmoreland loaded the bases in the fifth with one out but could only tie the game on Maegan Shetterly’s RBI fielders choice.
Ellwood City took the lead for good when Garroway smacked a 3-2 pitch over the left field fence for her second homer of the season and a 2-1 advantage.
The Wolverines added a valuable insurance run in the sixth inning as Natalia Greco collected an infield single and later scored on an error. In the seventh, Greco allowed a two out single to Faith Miller but struck out Shetterly to end the game.
The Wolverines are now 17-0, Greco was the winner with eight strikeouts, she now has 137 on the season. Garroway was the only Wolverine with two hits. Katie Troisi-Clark was the losing pitcher, she fanned four.
The Lady Wolverines will play #3 Deer Lakes (15-1 overall) for the rights to the Class 3A WPIAL Championship next week at California University’s Lilley Field. [VIEW FULL BRACKET]
WEDNESDAY: Looking to match their colleagues in a 3A Championship game, the Wolverines will face Mount Pleasant at 4:00pm at Fox Chapel while top-seed Riverside will face Brownsville at 6:30pm at Burkett Complex in Robinson Twp. [VIEW FULL BRACKET]