Host Purchase Line played two nearly perfect defensive games and banged out a combined 17 hits to sweep Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference softball doubleheader Monday.
The Red Dragons outhit Homer-Center 8-4 in the first game to earn a 5-1 win. Purchase Line then racked up nine hits and plated three runs in each of the first and sixth innings to notch a 9-4 win in the second game.
Kira Smith tossed a four-hitter to get the win in Game 1. Smith, who struck out nine and walked one, also singled and tripled.
Amanda Fetterman hit a home run and drove in two runs for Purchase Line.
Homer-Center’s Abby Plowcha struck out five, walked none and allowed eight hits and three earned runs in a complete-game effort.
In Game 2, Kara St. Clair led Purchase Line with a single, a double, a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs. She also struck out four, walked four and allowed six hits in a complete-game win.
Amy Elling singled and doubled for Purchase Line. Smith singled and drove in two runs.
Plowcha struck out three, walked two and allowed nine hits.
Both teams play doubleheaders today. Purchase Line visits Marion Center, and Homer-Center plays host to United.
MARION CENTER 18, PENNS MANOR 1: Marion Center freshman Laken Ryen tossed a three-hitter and smacked a grand slam home run to help the once-beaten Stingers thump host Penns Manor in a Heritage Conference game.
The game was shortened to six innings due to the mercy rule.
Ryen struck out seven and walked four. She also singled, tripled and scored three runs.
“She did a really nice job,” Marion Center coach Ed Peterson said. “She’s a freshman, and we haven’t really seen all she can do pitching-wise because of Megan (Risinger), but she’s definitely a big part of our future, and we’re happy to see that she’s progressing so fast.”
Katie Dotts singled, doubled and drove in two runs for the Stingers. Risinger, usually the starting pitcher, doubled and scored four runs. Karlie Snyder singled twice.
Penns Manor’s Micayla Parfitt struck out six and walked six in a complete-game effort.
Both teams play today. Marion Center (10-1, 7-1 conference) plays host to Purchase Line in a doubleheader, and Penns Manor welcomes Blairsville.
BLAIRSVILLE 8, NORTHERN CAMBRIA 2: Once-beaten Blairsville scored at least one run in each of the first five innings and limited host Northern Cambria to just four hits en route to a win in a Heritage Conference game.
Two days removed from throwing a no-hitter in a win over Homer-Center, Blairsville ace Emilie Okopal tossed a four-hitter. She struck out seven and walked one.
Emily Small smacked two singles to pace the Bobcats.
Megan Yuhas singled and doubled to power the Colts.
Northern Cambria (3-9) travels to Ligonier Valley on Thursday, and Blairsville (11-1) visits Penns Manor today.
HIGHLANDS 7, INDIANA 3: Highlands scored five runs in the first inning, overcame five errors and served up just five hits to outlast Indiana in a WPIAL Section 5-AAA game in Natrona Heights.
“We played well, but they hurt us in that first inning and we just weren’t able to recover,” Indiana coach Harold Wilson said. “We hit the ball hard all game. But we hit a lot of deep fly balls and popups. We just got under too many pitches.”
Dana Piper went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Indians.
Brooke Ruffner allowed four hits and five walks.
Indiana concluded its season with a 2-12 record.