HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Colts outlast Comets in wild shootout
Kelly Lieb stole second and third, then scored on a passed ball with two outs to end host Northern Cambria’s wild 18-17 victory over Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference girls’ softball game Tuesday.
Penns Manor trailed 15-3 after four innings but staged a 14-run rally, including a nine-run sixth inning. The Comets’ two seventh-inning runs put them ahead, 17-15.
In the bottom of the seventh, Lieb reached on an error, allowing both runners on base to score, and then she quickly made her way around the bags herself for the game-winning run.
Zoey Gailey cracked three hits to lead the Colts. Megan Yuhas and Alyssa Walters added two each.
Yuhas was the winning pitcher. She struck out one and walked five in two innings.
Penns Manor pounded out 19 hits. Alaina Laverick had four hits, including a double, and Emilie Stupic had two doubles. Adel Plavi stroked three hits. Mallory Drahnak and Megan Hilty each had two hits, including a double apiece, and Micayla Parfitt and Brianna Lockard also had two hits.
Parfitt took the loss, striking out four and walking three in three innings.
Both teams play today. Northern Cambria (2-2, 2-2 conference) visits Glendale, and Penns Manor (0-3, 0-3) welcomes Purchase Line.
PURCHASE LINE 21, UNITED 3: Purchase Line scored 11 times in the fourth inning to enforce the mercy rule in a win over United in a Heritage Conference game in Armagh.
Purchase Line’s Mikhala Stover ripped a triple, scored four runs and had four RBIs. Koren McCullough added a double and three RBIs, Kara St. Clair had two runs and three RBIs, and Kira Smith finished with two runs and two RBIs.
Smith struck out five and did not issue a walk in four innings for the win.
United’s Hope Hixson struck out four in four innings and took the loss.
Both teams play today. Purchase Line (2-1) visits Penns Manor, and United travels to Blairsville.
LATROBE 11, LIGONIER VALLEY 0: Ligonier Valley drew eight walks but couldn’t push across any runs in a loss to Latrobe in a non-conference home game shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
Kailee Lear struck out one and walked three in six innings and took the loss.
Ligonier Valley (3-2) welcomes Homer-Center today.