Prairie Heights and Westview earned spots in the NECC softball tournament semifinals with wins Tuesday night.
Shawna Carbone fired a six-hitter and smashed a three-run homer in the first inning to lead the Lady Panthers past Fremont, 7-1. Carbone fanned 10 Lady Eagles and walked just one.
Brennica Smith socked a pair of doubles and Danielle Engel lined a three-run double for Prairie Heights. Emily German added two singles to the winning attack.
Westview erased a 3-1 West Noble lead with an eight-run sixth inning. The Lady Warriors tacked on two more markers in the seventh on a Karis Brewer home run to complete an 11-4 comeback triumph over the Lady Chargers.
Amber Roth plated three of Westview’s runs in the sixth with a pair of doubles. Roth finished 4-4 with three two-baggers and two runs scored.
Brewer wound up 2-4 with three RBI. Sam Pfenning chipped in three hits to the Westview ledger. Rachel Johns poked a couple of singles.
Pfenning went the distance in the pitcher’s circle to earn the win.
Prairie Heights visits Angola and Westview hosts Eastside in semifinal action Thursday.
Lakeland, which edged Fairfield, 12-11 in eight innings Monday night in the opening round, dropped an 11-6 result at Angola Tuesday night.
The Lady Lakers took a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning on the strength of RBI doubles by Jill Mingus and Kristen Wiese, and RBI singles off the bats of Laken Detwiler and Karissa Troyer. But Angola struck for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth, only one of which was earned.
Another Wiese RBI hit in the fifth and a sixth-inning triple by Ashton Miller drew the Lady Lakers back to within one. Angola slugger Claire Grubb then smacked a grand-slam homer in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of Lakeland’s reach.
Wiese’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth gave the Lady Lakers their dramatic win over Fairfield Monday night. Wiese, who had clubbed a two-run homer in the third inning, finished the game with four hits and five RBI.
Detwiler had two hits for the winners, one of which was a grand-slam in the fourth to give her team an 11-7 lead. Troyer and Madison Campbell both had three hits.
D.J. Martz went 4-5 with two homers and seven RBI to lead Fairfield. One of Martz’s dingers was a grand-slam in the fifth that tied the game at 11-all.