Kass Roush drove in the deciding run with an RBI single in the top of the eighth inning and Marion Center freshman reliever Grace Rougeaux rebounded after giving up the lead in seventh to shut the door on host West Shamokin as the Stingers claimed a 6-5 victory in a Heritage Conference softball game Tuesday.
Marion Center held a slim 5-3 lead entering the seventh inning before West Shamokin forged a tie to send the game into the extra frame.
Rougeaux struck out the first batter she faced in relief before a fielding error and a walk put two runners on. And after striking out the fourth batter, she served up back-to-back RBI singles that knotted the game at 5-all.
It didn’t take long for Marion Center to respond, though, as Morgan Straw led off and reached second base on an error in centerfield. And after a groundout advanced Straw to third, Roush delivered the winning hit off West Shamokin reliever Riley Prugh with a line drive to center field.
Rougeaux earned the win. She was charged with a pair of earned runs, allowed three hits and struck out six in two innings.
Three players notched multiple hits for the Stingers. Haley McCunn and Roush had three apiece, and Laney Monroe singled twice.
For West Shamokin, Prugh had three hits, Kaely Klonowski and Lexie Young each singled twice, and Sierra Patterson doubled.
Marion Center’s Jasmine Hill struck out six and allowed three runs over six innings.
Prugh allowed one one unearned run over three innings.
Marion Center (16-1, 11-1) play host to Northern Cambria today. West Shamokin (6-4, 6-1) visits Purchase Line on Thursday.
PUNXSUTAWNEY 4, INDIANA 3: Indiana fell into an offensive funk after a three-run first inning, tallying just a trio of base hits the rest of the way as visiting Punxsutawney rallied to deal the Indians a non-section loss in their regular-season finale.
Indiana (11-8) wrapped up its WPIAL Class 4A Section 1 schedule at 5-5 last week to take third place and will learn its seeding for the WPIAL tournament on Thursday.
The Indians took a 3-1 lead in the first inning and held the Chucks at bay through three scoreless innings. Punxsutawney cut the deficit to one, 3-2, with a run in the fifth and regained the lead with two in the sixth.
Madison Barker went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to pace Indiana.
For Punxsutawney, Grace Aikens went 2-for-3 with a home run, and Elliott Ferrent struck out seven in a complete-game win.
Haleigh Zimmerman took the loss.
PENNS MANOR 15, PURHCASE LINE 0: Kassidy Smith threw a perfect game to lead Penns Manor past visiting Purchase Line in a Heritage Conference game that was shortened to four innings.
Smith, who went 2-for-3 with a triple, struck out 11 of the 12 batters she faced.
Larkyn Crowe went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs for the Comets. Abby Tomayko and Anna Peterman had two hits apiece, and Hayden Sturgeon, Autumn Fennell and Savanna Smith each had two RBIs.
Penns Manor (10-6) plays host to Blacklick Valley on Monday. Purchase Line welcomes West Shamokin on Thursday.
LIGONIER VALLEY 8, PINE-RICHLAND 0: Jane Garver slugged a grand slam to help lift Ligonier Valley to a non-conference win over host Pine-Richland.
Taylor Bojtos had four hits, including a double, and Kaylee Colt singled and hit a home run. Courtney McKlveen and Maddie Griffin added a pair of hits apiece.
Griffin allowed two hits and struck out eight in the complete-game win.
Ligonier Valley (15-1) travels to Latrobe for a non-conference game on Wednesday.
APOLLO-RIDGE 15, SHADY SIDE ACADEMY 1: Kyle Wynn went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs, four more Apollo-Ridge player notched multiple hits and the Vikings cruised past visiting WPIAL Class 2A Section 2 foe Shady Side Academy in their regular-season finale that was shortened to five innings.
The Vikings improved to 9-4 overall.
Morgan Shupe and Mollie Charlton each went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Bailey Zidek singled twice and drove in two runs, and Amber Earnest had two hits. Sydney Sheaffer and Emma Rametta had two RBIs apiece.
Charlton struck out five and allowed three hits in the complete-game win.