Querry’s lead-off homer sets Trojans’ tone early on

MARTINSBURG – Mount Union’s Kaitlyn Querry wasn’t fazed by the rainy weather or a shoulder injury.

Querry smacked a homer, double and single, scored three runs and knocked in two Thursday as the Lady Trojans upended Central, 12-8, in a PIAA District 6 Class AA first-round softball game.

“The rain didn’t hurt us,” Querry said. “We’re used to playing in bad weather.”

The Mount Union center fielder has been suffering from a late-season shoulder injury, but that didn’t bother her, either.

“Actually, I’ve been out of practice a couple days because of my shoulder,” she said. “I really haven’t played since our last game [last Thursday]. I might have torn something, I’m not sure, so hitting the home run my first time up felt pretty good.”

Querry, the lead-off batter, ripped the second pitch of the game over the fence in right-center and the Trojans were on their way.

“I thought the ball was in the gap,” Querry said, “and, when they said it was a home run, I was kind of shocked.”

Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus said Querry’s game-opening homer was key.

“She’s not a home run threat,” Fiscus said of Querry. “It was her first of the season and I think it gave everyone confidence we had a chance against a very good team.”

Central scored in its half of the first inning, but Mount Union’s Kristin Miles smashed a homer over the left field fence in the second and the Trojans led the rest of the day.

“When Miles crushed that one, it swung the momentum our way,” Fiscus said. “We also made some plays in the field defensively.”

Mount Union scored single runs in the first, second and third innings, added two in the fourth and another in the fifth to build a 6-1 lead. However, Central battled back with three in the home half of the fifth to make it 6-4.

The Trojans appeared to put it away with five runs in the top of the sixth for a 11-4 advantage, but the Lady Dragons batted around in their half and scored four times to stay within striking distance at 11-8.

Brittany Brumbaugh’s RBI-single gave Mount Union an insurance run in the seventh to seal it.

“Central is a good hitting team and give them credit for battling back,” Fiscus said. “They came to play, but we were just a little better today.”

The 10th-seeded Trojans, now 14-7, will visit second-seeded Philipsburg-Osceola in a quarter final test next Monday.

“We’ve been averaging 10 runs a game,” Central coach Dale Walters said, “so I knew we’d score. I wasn’t worried if, just when.

“Mount Union played well,” Walters said. “They hit the ball and just beat us. They played better than we did today.”