Megan Risinger struck out 16 batters and helped her own cause at the plate, leading Marion Center to an 8-3 victory over host Northern Cambria in a Heritage Conference softball game Monday.
Risinger, a sophomore, allowed only one walk and four hits in seven innings.
“I knew she was going to be good,” Northern Cambria coach Paul Artley said. “We faced her in a JV game last year, and I knew she was going to be something special.”
“She deserves every bit of success she has,” Marion Center coach Ed Peterson said. “She works very hard at what she does.”
Risinger went 3-for-5 with a double, one run scored and two runs batted in.
Courtney McMahan added two hits and two runs. Hannah Peterson and Karlie Snyder also scored two runs each, and Hannah Peterson drove in two runs.
Bre Sabella slugged a two-run home run, and Brooke Bernard added two hits for the Colts.
Kelly Lieb took the loss, striking out one and walking five.
Marion Center (2-0, 1-0) plays host to Cambria Heights today, and Northern Cambria (2-2, 1-2) visits Harmony on Wednesday.
PURCHASE LINE 13, UNITED 3: Host Purchase Line picked up its offense in the late innings and forced the mercy rule after five innings in a Heritage Conference game.
The Red Dragons led just 3-2 after three innings but scored five runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to bring the contest to a quick end.
Kira Smith cracked two doubles, Tia Adams tripled and finished with two hits, and Erica Abrams added two singles.
Amy Elling struck out six and walked one in five innings for the win.
Morgan McCully connected for three hits, including a triple, to lead the Lions. Kaylee Keilman added a double.
United’s Leah Magalich struck out six and walked seven in five innings.
Both teams play Wednesday. Purchase Line (1-2) welcomes Penns Manor, and United plays host to Blairsville.
BLAIRSVILLE 13, HOMER- CENTER 2: Host Blairsville piled up 19 hits, and Emilie Okopal handcuffed Homer-Center en route to a win in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
The Bobcats racked up six hits in the top of the first inning and bolted to a 3-0 lead. Okopal highlighted the rally with a two-run home run.
With a 9-2 lead in the sixth, Blairsville scored four runs on three hits, an error and a walk.
Sam Harsh powered Blairsville by going 5-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Shelby Oswald went 4-for-4 with a triple, four RBIs and two runs scored, and Mackenzie Livingston and Jesse Harper each singled twice and drove in a run.
Homer-Center’s Abby Plowcha struck out three and walked one.
Both teams play Wednesday. Blairsville (3-0) travels to United, and Homer-Center plays host to Ligonier Valley.
LIGONIER VALLEY 14, PENNS MANOR 0: Ligonier Valley slugger Maddy Grimm smacked a pair of homers in the same inning, and pitcher Hailey Umbaugh baffled visiting Penns Manor to help the Rams coast to a win in Heritage Conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Grimm belted a pair of three-run homers in the bottom of the second inning to give Ligonier Valley a 6-0 lead.
Umbaugh tossed a one-hitter, striking out seven and walking one.
Courtney Frappier finished 2-for-3 for Ligonier Valley.
Annette Marshall singled to record Penns Manor’s lone hit.
Both teams play Wednesday. Ligonier Valley (3-0) travels to Homer-Center, and Penns Manor visits Purchase Line.
WEST SHAMOKIN 10, SHADY SIDE ACADEMY 9: West Shamokin used a huge rally in the top of the fifth inning and secured its first win by holding off Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Section 3-AA game in NuMine.
The Wolves were nursing a 5-3 lead when they erupted for five runs in the fifth to take a 10-3 lead.
Leah Baum led West Shamokin with two singles and three RBIs. Kelly Clowser added two singles, three stolen bases and an RBI, Jen Notto and Emilee Wilson each singled and drove in two runs, and Sarah Smietana singled and swiped two bases.
Winning pitcher Stephanie Schreckengost struck out one. Schreckengost also singled twice and stole two bases.
West Shamokin (1-3) plays host to Apollo-Ridge today.
BURRELL 12, APOLLO-RIDGE 0: Apollo-Ridge dropped a WPIAL Section 3-AA game played Friday in Lower Burrell.
Taylor Dilick smacked a double for the Vikings. Mariah Laird struck out two and walked five.
Apollo-Ridge (0-2) visits West Shamokin today.