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Fillies roll into 1A title game

ORWIGSBURG – There were no secrets between the teams.

Marian and Weatherly know each other well. Same division, same league, and they had already played twice this season.

Both of those previous games were wins for Marian.

Friday, the Fillies and Wreckers met for the third time - this encounter in the District 11 Class 1A semifinals.

Marian went to work early and needed just four-and-a-half innings to subdue the Wreckers, 11-0.

The Fillies wasted little time in taking control, scoring seven runs in the first two innings. Their excellent senior pitcher Morgan Kelly took it from there.

“She is one of the best in the state,” Weatherly manager Will Bartole said.

Kelly allowed just a quirky single off the bat of Rachel Roselund with out in the second, an infield one at that. That was the only thing that spoiled her from pitching a perfect game.

“We know each other, that’s for sure,” Kelly said about the Wreckers. “Once I got going, my curve was working and using a mix of pitches, I felt comfortable.”

Kelly fanned a season-high 12 batters without allowing a walk.

“You can see how good she is,” said Marian head coach Joe DeAngelo, who beamed about the effort Kelly had. “As I’ve said, she’s very consistent, and she can turn it up a notch or more.”

The Fillies used a two-out rally in the first, getting a base hit from Kelly, a walk to Dancia Karlick and two wild pitches to make it 2-0.

Marian added five more runs in the second. Gracie Gallagher opened the frame with a single. Emily Upanavage laid down a perfect bunt that the Wreckers booted for an error. With one out, DeAnna Pugh added an RBI hit. Five walks and an error made it 7-0.

“We’re a young team, and we made a lot of errors,” Bartol said. “Good teams do what Marian did to us … they took advantage of walks and errors.”

Marian upped the count to 11-0 in the fourth when Kelly delivered a three-run extra-base hit before Karlick singled her home.

“We were expecting the win, and the energy after that first inning brought it all together,” said Kelly, who had two hits and three RBIs. “I just wanted to attack the ball, and do whatever to get on base.”

Kelly then finished off the game from the circle with nary a threat.

“We practiced hard for this tournament,” DeAngelo said. “Softball is a game of pitching, and offensively you have to put the ball in play.”

HE SAID IT … “We know (the district title) goes through Tri-Valley. They’re the defending district and state champs,” DeAngelo said about Tuesday’s opponent.

LEATHER MAKERS … Weatherly outfielders came up with two solid plays. Left fielder Rebecca Caldwell stayed with a tricky flyout with the bases loaded. Her play ended the Marian rally. Ditto for right fielder Asiha Newberry. Wrecker first baseman Juliette Bartol took away a liner off the bat of Anna Grabosky to complete a double play.

Weatherly 000 00 - 0 1 4

Marian 254 0x - 11 6 0

Binder and Teodorsescu; Kelly and Grabosky. W - Kelly. L - Binder.

Marian's Malina Letcher pulls into third base as Weatherly's Rachel Rosenbach awaits the throw. Joe DeAngelo is the Fillies' thirdbase coach. RON GOWER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS