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High School Softball - Susquenita 3, Millersburg 1

Millersburg loses league
crown to Susquenita

By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Millersburg's Brooke Shomper receives the throw to get the out on Susquenita's Katie Humphrey at first base. (Sentinel photo by Christina Fisher)
NEWPORT • Miscues, errors and bad breaks spelled trouble for the disheartened Lady Indians who could not find a way to finish this game. And despite a gallant effort to make a comeback, Millersburg (20-2) was defeated by Susquenita (17-5) 3-1 in the Tri-Valley Athletic Association League championship game May 15.

A week earlier, the Indians, behind pitching ace Marlo Roadcap, who earned 15 strikeouts, had defeated the Lady Blackhawks 1-0. But this time around timely hitting by Susquenita, the West Division winners, as well as a superb defense was enough for them to defeat the Indians and grab the title.

The Indians had their chances in this contest. In the bottom of the first inning, MicKayla Armor singled. With two outs, Brooke Shomper singled to right field. Armor attempted to score, but she was declared out on a very close slide into home.

In the bottom of the second inning, Mariah Armor split the gap in right-center for a triple to lead off. Cheyan Lebo grounded to third and an error plated Armor giving Millersburg a 1-0 lead. But no lead would be safe in this contest as the Blackhawks responded in the top of the third inning. Kim Klinger earned a soft infield single and scampered to first base. A perfect bunt by Katie Humphrey and a steal by Klinger put runners at second and third with two outs. Clean-up batter Kora Zeigler threaded a hit up the middle for a RBI single. A miscue occurred when the Indians held the ball too long in the outfield allowing Humphrey to scamper home, and Susquenita led 2-1.

The Indians then faced a scoring drought. Aside from a Roadcap walk, Pitcher Kieara Stitt retired eight batters before Indian Jaycee Straub singled in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Millersburg had their chance to tie this contest in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Roadcap singled to left-center field. Shomper blooped one to right field for another single. After a pitching change by the Blackhawks, Mariah Armor blooped another to right field for a single. With the bases loaded for Lebo and one out, catcher Kora Zeigler connected with third baseman Heather Heckert to pick off courtesy runner Cheyanne Phillips. A ground out abruptly ended the Indian’s chances to tie this game.

Susquenita added an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Humphrey plated Fisher, who tagged a two-out single and advanced to second on an error, with a RBI single to right. Relief pitcher Steph Klinger would earn three strikeouts in the final inning to secure this victory.

Roadcap was the losing pitcher earning six strikeouts and charged with one earned run. Stitt was the winning pitcher.




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