HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Stingers sweep nemesis Ligonier Valley
MARION CENTER — For the first time in coach Ed Peterson’s eight-year tenure, Marion Center solved the riddle of six-time defending Heritage Conference champ Ligonier Valley.
Once-beaten Marion Center collected a combined 24 hits while ace Megan Risinger handcuffed visiting Ligonier Valley en route to a sweep Friday in a high school softball doubleheader.
The Stingers won the first game, 10-0, and the second game, 9-3. The first game was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
“We finally got them,” Peterson said. “We’ve played some good, close games with them in the past, but it was really gratifying to actually get over the hump and get a few on them. This is a very big win for the girls. It feels really good.”
Marion Center (9-1 overall, 6-1 conference) racked up 11 hits in Game 1 while Risinger tossed a one-hitter. Risinger struck out seven and walked none. She also stroked two singles.
Katie Dotts singled, belted a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Stingers. Karlie Snyder singled twice.
In Game 2, Risinger not only struck out six and walked one in six innings to earn the win, she also cranked a pair of homers in a game in which Marion Center amassed a season-high 13 hits.
Risinger drilled a two-run homer in the top of the first inning before walloping a solo shot in the seventh. She finished with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs.
Laken Ryen doubled and hit a solo homer for Marion Center. Dotts went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, and Snyder doubled twice.
“This is definitely one of the best hitting teams I’ve had, and we’ve never had power like this,” Peterson said.