Reading softball playoff runs ends with regional title game appearance

READING — After making a run to their third district championship in a row, the Reading varsity softball team and coach Melissa Warfield made a familiar trip out to Dansville for a regional bracket Saturday showdown.

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The team last went to Dansville after winning their '22 district championship, where they played in a regional title game. This year, the Rangers managed to win their way back to a regional championship appearance but were unable to defeat the host team Dansville.

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Semifinal win

The Rangers first had to earn their way to the title game. They did so with a dominating 14-1 win over East Jackson in the regional semifinals. Pitcher Leah Headley got the win for Reading and threw five strikeouts in five innings.

Senior Blakeleigh Cornstubble had a home run, a double, three total hits and three RBIs in the semifinal victory. She led the team in runs with three. Senior Kloee Monahan also had a double and drove in a run. Monahan, Headley, Maggie Santure and Aubree Ervans all had two runs. Ervans had a double that drove in a run.

Also earning RBIs were Ava Kitchen, Delanie Young and Headley. Kitchen, Young, and Ariana McDowell each had one hit. Also scoring runs were Grace Ladd, Young and McDowell. Headley led the team with two stolen bases. Young, Kitchen, Ladd, Santure and Ervans each had a steal.

The Rangers outscored scored six runs in the top of the third and four runs in the fifth inning to highlight their offensive series.

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Regional finals

Junior ace pitcher Ariana McDowell drew the start for the regional title game. The junior pitched all six innings, throwing 59 strike calls in 93 pitches. After two scoreless innings to start the title game, the Aggies of Dansville went on a 9-0 run to win the game. They scored four in the third inning and three in the sixth as their biggest offensive rallies of the matchup.

The Rangers were held to just three hits, one each from McDowell, Aubree Ervans and senior Kloee Monahan. Ryker Graf got the win for the Aggies, earning 15 strikeouts over seven innings. The Aggies also had a double and a home run against the Rangers as their main offensive highlights.

Senior Kloee Monahan had a double, two hits, one RBI and two runs in the regional semifinal win against East Jackson.
Senior Kloee Monahan had a double, two hits, one RBI and two runs in the regional semifinal win against East Jackson.
Senior Blakeleigh Cornstubble helped here team reach the regional title game after sending a hit deep for a home run and earning a double in the semifinal win over East Jackson. Cornstubble had three hits, RBIs and runs.
Senior Blakeleigh Cornstubble helped here team reach the regional title game after sending a hit deep for a home run and earning a double in the semifinal win over East Jackson. Cornstubble had three hits, RBIs and runs.

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Seniors

The Rangers lose two senior members of their softball team: Kloee Monahan and Blakeleigh Cornstubble. The two seniors helped guide their team to a 17-13-1 overall record in 2024. The seniors are three-time district champions. The team's run from May through June saw them compile 13 wins, two losses (including the title game) and one tie. Cornstubble will play softball for Anderson University next year.

This article originally appeared on Hillsdale Daily News: Reading softball playoff runs ends with regional title game appearance

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