HS SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Marion Center races past Indiana
Hannah Peterson scored from second base on a routine groundout in the bottom of the seventh inning, giving host Marion Center an 8-7 victory over Indiana in a wild, back-and-forth non-conference girls’ softball game Thursday.
Indiana had come from behind to take a 7-5 lead by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, but Marion Center answered with three in the bottom of the inning. With the Stingers down 7-6, Courtney McMahan’s groundout to second base easily plated Katie Dotts from third — and Peterson, a freshman, just kept going after hitting the bag at third.
“Hannah, being heads up, she never stopped,” Marion Center coach Ed Peterson said. “She rounded third and got a good break home to score the winning run.”
Marion Center improved to 10-1 going into today’s game at Ligonier Valley, the Stingers’ fourth of the week.
“That’s the way you want to go into a battle like that,” Ed Peterson said. “I tell the girls it’s going to be a tough two weeks with all the (previous) rainouts. … They must be getting their rest at night, because they’re coming out ready to play ball.”
Megan Risinger earned the win, striking out eight and walking one in seven innings. She outdueled Indiana’s Adrian Smith, who struck out four and walked six.
Karlie Snyder had two hits and two RBIs for the Stingers. McMahan also drove in two runs.
Sarah Freehling banged out three hits to lead Indiana. Jayci Drew and Bethany Balencic added two each.
Indiana (7-8) plays host to Leechburg on Saturday.
LIGONIER VALLEY 1, HOMER-CENTER 0: Hailey Umbaugh threw a no-hitter, and Courtney Frappier homered for the game’s only run in host Ligonier Valley’s victory over Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference game.
Only a fourth-inning fielding error kept Umbaugh from a perfect game. She recorded 17 of the 21 outs by strikeout.
Homer-Center’s Abby Plowcha struck out three and walked none, allowing one run on three hits in a tough-luck loss.
Frappier slugged a home run in the fourth and finished with two of the Rams’ three hits.
Both teams play today. Ligonier Valley (9-2, 9-1) welcomes Marion Center, and Homer-Center (3-10) visits Bishop McCort.
BLAIRSVILLE 11-12, UNITED 0-1: Unbeaten Blairsville amassed 23 runs and outhit visiting United 26-4 in a sweep of a Heritage Conference doubleheader.
Blairsville racked up 11 hits in Game 1 and enforced the mercy rule after six innings.
Blairsville ace Emilie Okopal tossed a two-hit shutout, fanning six and walking none, and Sam Harsh powered the offense with a single, a double and three RBIs.
In Game 2, Blairsville piled up 15 hits and put the mercy rule into effect after five innings.
Okopal fired another two-hitter, striking out five and walking two. She also singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
Mackenzie Livingston singled, doubled and drove in three runs, Emily Small singled twice, and Nicole Bendis drove in two runs runs. Kelsy Shondelmyer and Harsh each singled twice.
Both teams play Monday. Blairs-ville (10-0) travels to Derry, and United plays host to Ferndale.
PENNS MANOR 9, PURCHASE LINE 1: Winning pitcher Megan McCunn ripped four doubles while limiting Purchase Line to two hits in a Heritage Conference game in Clymer.
McCunn struck out six and walked two.
Emily Stupic added two hits for Penns Manor, and Alaina Laverick and Kaylin Templeton had a double each. McCunn scored three runs.
Purchase Line’s Kira Smith struck out four and walked none. Mikhala Stover and Savannah Greene had Purchase Line’s hits.
Penns Manor (4-8) plays host to Marion Center on Monday, and Purchase Line (6-8) welcomes Homer-Center on Tuesday.
FREEPORT 12, APOLLO-RIDGE 6: Host Freeport mustered just seven hits, but four of them were homers, and the Yellow Jackets mounted big rallies in the fourth and sixth innings to outlast Apollo-Ridge in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game.
Alexis Roenick belted three solo homers for Freeport, and Ashley Sample cranked a solo shot.
Sammy Geracia led Apollo-Ridge with a two-run homer, a double and three RBIs.
Apollo-Ridge’s Mariah Laird struck out one and allowed seven hits.
Apollo-Ridge (3-13, 3-11) concluded its season.
FORD CITY 19, WEST SHAMOKIN 7: Host Ford City racked up 16 hits and plated 10 runs in the second inning to roll over West Shamokin in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Kelly Clowser singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs to lead West Shamokin. Emilee Wilson stroked three singles, Jen Notto singled twice and drove in a pair of runs, and Steph Schrecengost singled twice.
West Shamokin’s Alecia Calhoun struck out two and walked two.
West Shamokin (5-12, 5-9) plays host to Riverview on Monday.