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Upper Dauphin Area 6, Millersburg 4, May 14. The Lady Indians traveled to Trojan territory for UDA’s Senior Day in a battle with significant importance, as both teams held 8-4 records and the winner would at least be guaranteed a tie for the TVL title.
The first two innings proved to be a hard-fought pitching battle between Millersburg’s Roadcap and UDA’s Amber Bingaman, as both teams were held scoreless.
In the bottom of the third, Bingaman slammed a shot down the right field line for a double. Tori Cleveland then smacked an RBI single to right field. Taylor Brown singled to center and advanced to second on the throw. A wild pitch to Katie Schwenk scored another run. The Indians finally retired the side on a routine infield play, but the Trojans led 2-0.
The Indians were retired in fashion in the top of the fourth and the Trojans again ignited another two-out rally in the bottom of the inning. Four hits, four runs and two errors gave the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
The Indians refused to throw in the towel. With two outs, Kayla Snyder belted a gapper to right center. A line drive by Shomper scored three runs. A Taryn Herb single sawShomper motor around the bases but an incredible defensive play had her thrown out at home. The Trojans led 6-3.
The Indians managed to score another run in the top of the sixth on hits by Kelsey Snyder, Armor and Kim Leitzel. Great Trojan defense in the top of the seventh retired the side and secured the victory.
“It felt really good to win this,” Autumn Walker said. For Bingaman, winning this game was a confidence booster after a recent loss to Halifax. “Our goal was to win the TVL title from the start and we wanted to do it for our seniors,” she said.
Halifax 4, UDA 0, May 13. Chelsea Konyar pitched a shutout, giving up two hits and three walks while striking out two in this thrilling victory over the Lady Trojans. Brown was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs, seven hits and one walk while striking out three batters.
Halifax’s Morgan Cox went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored.
OTHER TVL GAMES
UDA 14, Juniata 0, May 15. UDA earned its second straight TVL championship by traveling to Juniata to defeat the Indians in style, finishing a rained-out game that had the Trojans up 3-0. The visitors ignited for seven more runs in the top of the fifth and added four more in the sixth to seal the road victory.
Colleen Kolva went 4-for-4. Schwenk drove in four runs. Brown was the winning pitcher, even earning three hits and three RBIs.
Halifax 15, East Juniata 5, May 14. The Lady ’Cats went for the jugular early, scoring four runs in the first and second innings and six runs in the third to put away the game.
Konyar was the winning pitcher, giving up five hits, five runs and one walk while striking out five. Offensively, she went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, two runs scored and five RBIs. Brook Grill went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Cox went 3-for-4 with a homerun, four RBIs, three runs scored and two stolen bases, including one to home. Paige Miller went 2-for-2 with a home run and three runs scored.
SCHUYLKILL LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Division 1 Semifinals: Tri-Valley 6, Pottsville 5, May 14. It took extra innings and plenty of determination for the Lady ’Dawgs to break a 5-5 tie and guarantee their place in the Schuylkill League championship game against Pine Grove (19-1).
Both teams played with the competitive juices in high gear and every inning of this contest was action packed to the delight of fans.
The Lady Crimson Tide ignited the spark in the top of the first inning, swinging away and quickly taking a 3-0 lead.
Tri-Valley answered right back, as Juli Weber led off with a single, then stole second. A walk, a hit and a sacrifice bunt saw two runs shorten the Tides’ lead.
Tri-Valley tied it up in the bottom of the second and Juli Weber made a crucial defensive play in the top of the third to prevent another Pottsville rally.
The ’Dawgs led 5-3 by the bottom of the third but the Crimson Tide responded immediately in the top of the fourth. A single and an RBI triple, followed by another single, tied the game at 5-5.
In deadlock, the game went into extra innings. Pottsville threatened in the top of the eighth with a runner at third, but a heads up play got the ’Dawgs out of the jam. In the bottom of the inning, Taylor Troutman, with one out, nailed a line drive between right and center for a stand up triple but she never made it home before the side was retired.
Brilliant defense in the form of a bullet throw from first to third saved the ’Dawgs from a potential Crimson Tide run in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom of the inning, with one out, a bobble at shortstop put a Tri-Valley runner on first. Weber hit a single over shortstop and a very close play at the plate found the ’Dawgs celebrating their victory.
Schuylkill League Division 2 tiebreaker: Tri-Valley 1, Minersville 0, May 13. Weber was the hero in this nail-biting, dramatic finish as this game went down to the final out in the final inning.
With two outs and the pressure on in the bottom of the seventh inning, Weber slammed an inside-the-park home run to give the ’Dawgs the victory.
The win gave Tri-Valley its first division title since 2009 and set up the semifinal match against Division 1 wild card Pottsville (14-5). The team had a chance to clinch the division last week, but lost 2-1 to Mahanoy Area, thus setting up this tiebreaker.
Katie Rabuck was the winning pitcher, giving up just five hits, striking out six and walking none.