LIGONIER — In a clash of playoff-bound teams, Ligonier Valley jumped out to an early five-run lead and amassed 13 hits to outslug host Purchase Line, 8-5, in a Heritage Conference softball game Wednesday.
The Rams scored four runs on six singles in the top of the first inning and tacked on three runs on three hits, two walks and an error in the second to stretch its lead to 7-2.
Abby Salancy, Kari Kuhn, Hannah Yeskey, Catou Cmar and Kailee Lear each singled twice for the Rams.
Lear struck out six, walked four and allowed two earned runs to get the win.
Losing pitcher Kira Smith struck out three and walked two in six innings. Smith also singled and doubled.
Shawna Yeager singled twice for Purchase Line.
Ligonier Valley travels to Bellwood-Antis for a Class AA first-round game today, and Purchase Line visits Claysburg-Kimmel for a Class A first-round game Monday.