HS SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Kittanning nips Indiana in pitchers' duel
Host Kittanning got the last laugh in a pitchers’ duel and used a mini-rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to edge Indiana, 2-1, in a WPIAL Section 5-AAA softball game Tuesday.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kittanning’s Nellie Toy ripped a two-out base hit off Indiana’s Adrian Smith. The next batter, Georgie Shoop, smacked a double to score Toy, giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead.
“It was definitely a pitchers’ duel,” Indiana coach Harold Wilson said. “We hit her (Courtney Edwards) fairly well when we played them in Indiana so I thought we’d go down there and get some hits and some runs. But she kept us off balance all day. She didn’t do it with strikeouts, though. She did it with a lot of popups and easy outs.”
Smith struck out five, walked two and allowed eight hits in a complete-game losing effort.
Indiana (7-7) travels to Marion Center on Thursday.
MARION CENTER 7, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 0: Marion Center ace Megan Risinger fired another gem, and the Stingers piled up 12 hits and blanked Northern Cambria in a Heritage Conference game.
The Stingers got on the board first when they plated four runs on four hits in the bottom of the second inning.
Marion Center added three runs on four hits in the sixth to take a 7-0 lead.
A sophomore, Risinger tossed a one-hitter, striking out 13 and walking none. Risinger is 8-1 and has posted a complete game every time she’s pitched this year. Bre Sabella got the Colts’ lone hit off Risinger.
“She actually wasn’t feeling good today. She was really struggling with a cold,” Marion Center coach Ed Peterson said. “I told her once we got a lead that I’d bring someone else in but she just kept getting stronger and stronger and she ended up giving us another complete game.”
Heidi Peterson paced Marion Center with three hits and an RBI. Katie Dotts had two hits and an RBI, and Kimmi Donaldson singled twice.
Marion Center (8-1, 6-1 conference) plays host to Penns Manor today. Northern Cambria welcomes Blairsville on Tuesday.
PURCHASE LINE 8, UNITED 7: Purchase Line plated the game-winning run on a passed ball in the seventh and won its third straight game in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
With the game knotted 7-7, Purchase Line’s Shawna Yeager reached base on a fielder’s choice with one out in the seventh. Yeager then scored on the next at-bat from third on a wild pitch from United pitcher Leah Magalich.
Purchase Line reliever Kyra Smith struck out eight and walked one in the last 3 2-3 innings to get the win. Smith also tripled and singled twice.
Koren McCullough doubled twice, singled and drove in three runs to lead Purchase Line.
Jill Snyder doubled twice to guide United. Magalich struck out four and walked four in a complete-game losing effort.
Both teams play on the road today. Purchase Line (5-7) travels to Homer-Center and United heads to Ferndale.
LIGONIER VALLEY 12, PENNS MANOR 0: Hailey Umbaugh tossed a two-hitter, and Ligonier Valley added eight insurance runs in the seventh inning to turn a solid victory into a rout, blowing past Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game in Clymer.
Umbaugh struck out six and walked two to earn the victory.
Jackie Berry and Breanne Wallace had three hits each for the Rams. Umbaugh added a double, and Courtney Frappier went 2-for-2 with a home run.
Micayla Parfitt struck out seven and walked three, taking the loss for Penns Manor.
Both teams play today. Ligonier Valley (8-1) visits Norwin, and Penns Manor (3-7) travels to Marion Center.
WEST SHAMOKIN 9, APOLLO-RIDGE 4: West Shamokin broke out for six runs in the fourth inning of a WPIAL Section 3-AA game in Spring Church.
Jen Notto and Alecia Calhoun led the Wolves with two hits each. Calhoun was the winning pitcher, with one strikeout and four walks.
Mariah Laird struck out two and walked four to take the loss for Apollo-Ridge.
West Shamokin (5-10, 5-8) plays host to Ford City today. Apollo-Ridge (3-10, 3-12) visits Freeport on Thursday.