The St. Mary’s-Colgan softball team punched its ticket to the State tournament after defeating Oswego 11-3 in the championship game of the 2-1A Regional Tournament on Tuesday at the PSU Softball Complex.

COLGAN WINS REGIONALS

After beating Uniontown in game one, the Panther defeated the Oswego Indians 11-3 in the championship game to advance to state.

“They came out and battled well,” SMC head coach Kelsey Overacker said. “We are definitely better at scoring runs behind our defense.”

After a quiet first inning, the Panthers third baseman, Allie Evans, stole home to put Colgan up 1-0.

Oswego quickly responded by putting up two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead, but the Panthers were not behind for long, as they took back the lead in the third inning by posting four more runs on the board to gain a 5-2 advantage.

The inning was highlighted by an RBI double by Oliva Brynds and an RBI single off the bat of Malia Orender.

Oswego scored another run in the third inning on a solo home run by the Indians’ catcher.

The Panthers added another run to their total after C.J. Stockard hit an RBI single to score Evans, increasing their lead to 6-3.

It was all Colgan the rest of the way through, as Brynds kept Oswego scoreless through the remaining four innings and the Panthers’ offense put up another five runs in the seventh inning.

The five runs were scored courtesy of Evans crossing the plate on a defensive error, a two-RBI single from Stockard, Piccini coming into score on a passed ball and Delaney Cedeno hitting an RBI single up the middle.

“I think we play in a tremendous league,” Overacker said. “Our league definitely prepared us for this and I am pretty positive we will be prepared for a run at state.”

PANTHERS GET BY EAGLES 

Colgan advanced to the championship game after defeating the Uniontown Eagles 15-4 in the sixth inning of the game by run rule.

Colgan scored three runs in the first inning, three runs in the second inning, two runs in the third inning, five runs in the fourth inning and two runs in the sixth inning.

The Eagles struck for one run in second inning and three runs in the fifth inning, but were unable to sustain the rally to avoid the run rule.

At the plate, Kate Radell went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk.

Sophia Piccini went 2-for-3 with an RBI and drew a walk.

SMC BASEBALL ADVANCES TO STATE

Playing at Allen County Community College, the SMC baseball team earned a spot in the state tournament after becoming Regional champs by defeating Yates Center 10-0 in game one and Uniontown 10-0 in game two.

In the championship against Uniontown, the Panthers scored in all five innings of the contest en route to winning by run rule.

Zach Hizey kept the Eagles off balance at the plate in his shutout performance, allowing one hit while notching three strikeouts.

Tyler Brynds was the offensive catalyst, driving in two runs on one hit with a run scored.

Bryce Hutchins also had a productive day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Panthers held Yates Center to one hit in the 10-0 victory to advance to the championship game.

SMC jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the second inning, before adding two more runs in the fifth frame to end the game via run rule.

The Panthers’ starter Brynds allowed one hit and recorded nine strikeouts through five, shutout innings.

Brynds was also getting it done at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Cade Simmons was also seeing the ball well, driving in two runs on one hit with two runs scored.