HS SOFTBALL ROUNDUP: Marion Center, Blairsville cruise to wins
Marion Center piled up a season-high 21 hits, including two home runs, and built an insurmountable lead in a slugfest to top host Penns Manor, 18-9, in a Heritage Conference softball game Monday.
Megan Risinger put Marion Center on the board first when she belted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning off Penns Manor ace Megan McCunn.
An inning later, Kimmi Donaldson cranked out a two-run shot to put the Stingers ahead 5-0.
Marion Center took an 11-3 lead by scoring six runs on four hits in the fourth.
“I told the girls before the game, ‘If you hit, good things will happen,’” Marion Center coach Ed Peterson said. “McCunn threw a one-hitter against us last week, but I think the two homers early kind of rattled her. We hit the whole way through our lineup. I’ve been looking for that type of offensive effort all year.”
Risinger, a sophomore, struck out nine and walked none to earn her 11th complete-game win of the season. Risinger also stroked four singles.
Donaldson singled three times, drove in four runs and scored four runs, Karlie Snyder singled four times, and Meagan Robinson singled twice.
Kaylin Templeton singled and tripled to lead Penns Manor. Emma Tomayko, Alaina Laverick and Annette Marshall each singled twice, Michayla Parfitt singled and doubled, and Lindsey Jenkins doubled and drove in a pair of runs.
McCunn struck out four and walked four and surrendered 11 runs in four innings.
Both teams play today. Penns Manor travels to United, and Marion Center (11-2) plays host to Ligonier Valley.
BLAIRSVILLE 15, DERRY 1: Blairsville amassed a season-best 17 hits and ran its record to 11-0 with a victory over winless Derry in a non-conference game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule at Grandview Field.
Emilie Okopal smacked a two-run homer in the first to help Blairsville jump out to a 4-0 lead.
The Bobcats led 6-1 before plating four runs in the fourth and five runs in the fifth.
Okopal fired a two-hitter, striking out six, walking two and allowing one run.
Mackenzie Livingston powered Blairsville with two singles, a double and a triple. Shelby Oswald singled four times, and Abby Peace singled three times.
Blairsville travels to Northern Cambria today. Derry (0-14) concluded its season.
GREENSBURG SALEM 3, LIGONIER VALLEY 0: Once-beaten Greensburg Salem, the WPIAL Section 4-AAA champion, blanked Ligonier Valley in a non-conference game in Greensburg.
Greensburg Salem, which outhit Ligonier Valley 8-2, broke a scoreless tie and provided the game’s only offense with a three-run rally in the third.
Maddy Grimm and Rachel Wallace each singled and were the only two Ligonier Valley players to register a hit off Jayne Oberdorf.
Ligonier Valley (9-3) travels to Marion Center today.
RIVERVIEW 15, WEST SHAMOKIN 5: Host Riverview mounted huge rallies in the first and fifth innings and rolled to a win over West Shamokin in a WPIAL non-section game that was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Jen Notto singled three times and drove in a pair of runs to power West Shamokin. Kelly Clowser singled three times and drove in a run.
West Shamokin concluded its season with a 5-13 record.