Getting three runners thrown out at the plate over the first two innings did little to hinder the Ready High School softball team in a Division III regional semifinal Thursday against Carlisle.

The Silver Knights scored five times in the third inning and easily cruised past the Indians 7-0 at Wright State University to advance to a regional final at noon Saturday against West Liberty-Salem.

Ready finished with seven runs and 14 hits in support of pitcher Gabby Gillilan, who struck out nine and allowed just one hit.

"(Carlisle pitcher Stefaney Turner) was off-speed, and she had an unusual motion," coach Nick Joseph said. "We had a week to get ready for it, and we practiced that speed and motion all week long."

The Silver Knights, who improved to 22-6, took a 1-0 lead in the second when Gillilan tripled and later scored on an error.

In the third, Haley Widner and Sam Macioce singled, Sarah Gabel walked and Gillilan hit a fielder's choice in which Widner was safe on a throw to home plate to make it 2-0. Kayla Goodberlet then singled in Macioce and Gabel and went to second on the throw. Katie Ardrey followed with a sacrifice fly to score Gillilan and Dani Pugh singled to drive in Goodberlet.
Ardrey walked and scored on a double by Pugh in the fifth to complete the scoring.

"What was the key was how we got (Gillilan) through an hour and 21 minute rain delay in the middle of the game," Joseph said. "We timed it perfectly, and it was like she never stopped pitching."

West Liberty-Salem was a state semifinalist a year ago and has won six consecutive district titles. With sophomore Emily Detwiler leading the way at pitcher, the Tigers beat Batavia 10-0 in a district final May 23 and Middletown Madison 2-1 in a regional semifinal Wednesday to improve to 27-1.

"They're very good," Joseph said. "(Pitcher Emily Detwiler) is like a couple of kids we've seen, maybe like the DeSales pitcher or the North Union pitcher. We'll turn it on tomorrow and be ready."