Lady Cats Softball Team Goes 3-0 Last Week; Honor Lindsey Kemmer And Carly Best On Senior Night (05/13/19)

(Photo above courtesy of Kim Constantino) Lyndsey Kemmer honored on Senior Night, with her parents Neil and Terry Kemmer

The Clarion Area Lady Cats won all three of their games last week.

The Cats opened the week with an 8-7 win over Redbank Valley, at Weaver Park, on Monday (May 6th). They followed, on Wednesday (May 8th) with another home game, defeating Union 15-0 (3 innings), on Senior Night, where they honored Clarion seniors Lindsey Kemmer and Carly Best. Then on Friday (May 10th) they handed homestanding Johnsonburg a 9-0 defeat.

(Photo courtesy of Kim Constantino) Carly Best honored on Senior Night, with her parents Matt and Melanie Best

Coach Dan Shofestall shared, “It is nice to see everyone contributing to our team success. Every member of our team has a role to play and they are all doing it very well. We continue to grow and mature as a team.

“We have a challenging end of our schedule next week but are looking forward to the opportunities that lay ahead.”


The Lady Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the second. The Lady Cats knotted the score at 2-2, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Redbank Valley moved out to a 3-2 lead with a run in the third, but Clarion took a 6-3 lead with four runs in the fourth. Neither team scored in the fifth, but the Bulldogs took a one-run 7-6 lead, sending four runners across the plate in the top of the seventh.

The Lady Cats pulled out the win with a pair of runs in the bottom of the last stanza.

Carly Best had 3 hits with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Kait Constantino also had 3 hits, with a run batted in and a run scored. Kylee Beers doubled, singled, drove in a pair of runs and scored a run.

Tori Vega had a pair of hits, including a triple and scored a run. Payton Simko doubled and scored twice. Ava Kiser had 2 hits, scored a run and drove in a run. Jordan Best scored once.

Constantino went the whole seven innings, in the circle, throwing 12 stikeouts and giving up just three earned runs.


Payton Simko fired a 1-hitter, while the Bobcats offense had fourteen hits on the night.

The Cats opened up an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the first and then scored 4 runs in the second and three more in the third.

Noel Anthony drove in 5 runs, with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. Constantino had 4 hits, including 2 doubles, with 3 RBIs and and three runs scored.

Carly Best singled twice, drove in 2 runs and scored a run. Jordan Best doubled, snd scored a run. Brenna Campbell single and had a pair of RBIs.

Beers had a hit, drove in 2 runs and scored twice. Vega singled and drove in two runs, Simko doubled and crossed the plate three times and Kemmer singled and scored a run.

About his seniors and the Senior Night win, Coach Shofestall said, “It was also nice seeing the team play so well on Senior Night as we honored Lindsey Kemmer and Carly Best. They have been such a huge part of Bobcats softball these past 4 years and the team was fired up to send them out as winners.

“Payton Simko got her first career start and win in the circle and did a great job with a solid defense behind her and an offense that hit the ball well.”


Clarion had 17 hits on way to the shutout win, with Constantino throwing a 4-hitter while issuing no walks.

The Cats scored 3 in the first inning, 2 in the second, 3 in the fourth and a run each in the fifth and sixth.

Carly Best was 5-for-5, with a double, 2 runs scored and three RBIs. Constantino had four hits in five at bats and scored twice. Kemmer had a pair of hits and drove in a a run.

Anthony singled and doubled. Beers singled and drove in a run. Jordan Best had 2 runs batted in and scored once. Campbell, Kiser and Simko each had a hit.

The Lady Cats are scheduled to play at Keystone today (Monday, May 13th, at Karns City tomorrow (Tuesday, May 14th and at home against St. Marys on Wednesday (May 15th).


(Thanks to Kim Constantino for the photos.)