HS SOFTBALL: Indiana takes one on the chin
A day after celebrating its first win, Indiana fell behind 9-0 and never gained its footing, suffering a 17-2 loss to Knoch in a WPIAL Section 5-AAA softball game Friday at the Indiana Little League Complex.
The Knights led 9-1 after two innings, and then added six more runs in the third to run away with the win.
Holli Sottile ripped a pair of doubles and scored twice to lead Indiana. Bethany Balencic doubled twice and drove in a run.
Indiana (1-2) travels to Highlands on Tuesday.
BLAIRSVILLE 12, PURCHASE LINE 0: Blairsville racked up 13 hits and provided ace Emilie Okopal with more than enough run support to tally a win over visiting Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to four innings due to the mercy rule.
Blairsville jumped out to a 2-0 lead before plating five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third inning to take a 7-0 lead.
Okopal fired a four-hitter, striking out 10 and walking none. Cassidy Edmunson singled, doubled and tripled to power Blairsville. Sam Harsh smacked a double and a triple.
Kira Smith struck out six and walked none in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play at home Monday. Purchase Line (0-2) plays host to United and Blairsville welcomes Homer-Center.
HOMER-CENTER 17, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 14: Homer-Center delivered the last blows in a slugfest, plating 11 runs in the last three innings to outlast host Northern Cambria in a Heritage Conference game.
The Wildcats squandered an early 6-0 lead and trailed 7-6 entering the top of the fifth inning. Homer-Center scored four runs in the fifth to take a 10-7 lead.
An inning later, Homer-Center’s Claire Sasala cranked a three-run homer, ballooning the Wildcats’ lead to 13-7.
Breonna Ruffner singled three times to lead Homer-Center. Abby Plowcha singled and doubled, and Rachel Worcester singled twice.
Plowcha struck out six and walked five in a complete-game win.
Kelly Lieb paced Northern Cambria by going 5-for-5 with two doubles, four runs scored and three RBIs. Bre Sabella and Jenna Lecorchick each singled and doubled, and Paige Benton and Alyssa Walter each singled twice.
Homer-Center (1-0) plays host to Blairsville today. Northern Cambria (2-1) welcomes Marion Center on Monday.
MARION CENTER 13, GLENDALE 3: Marion Center’s Megan Risinger tossed a four-hitter, and the Stingers scored the game’s final 13 runs to notch an easy win over Glendale in a non-conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
With the game tied 3-3, Marion Center plated 10 runs on four hits and three walks in the bottom of the fourth inning. Meagan Robinson, who finished with two base hits, fueled the rally with a two-run single.
Risinger struck out 14 and walked none. She also doubled, drove in two runs and scored two runs.
Kimmi Donaldson added two singles, two runs scored and an RBI for Marion Center. Heidi Peterson and Amber McClure each scored a pair of runs.
Marion Center (1-0) travels to Northern Cambria on Monday.
BLACKLICK VALLEY 9, PENNS MANOR 8: Penns Manor erased a seven-run deficit in the sixth inning, only to have Blacklick Valley score a run in the seventh inning to earn a win in a topsy-turvy non-conference game in Kenwood.
The Comets trailed 8-1 before scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kaylin Templeton, who scored a pair of runs, stroked a three-run triple to fuel the rally.
Emma Tomayko belted a pair of singles for Penns Manor. Losing pitcher Megan McCunn struck out nine and walked one.
Penns Manor (0-1) travels to Ligonier Valley on Monday.
LIGONIER VALLEY 13, UNITED 1: In a game shortened by the 10-run mercy rule, the visiting Rams pounded United in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
Maddy Grimm paced Ligonier Valley with two hits, including a double. Winning pitcher Hailey Umbaugh also had two hits and drove in two runs. The Lions mustered only two hits to back losing pitcher Leah Magalich.
The Rams (2-0) welcome Penns Manor on Monday.