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High School Softball - Halifax 8, Millersburg 4
'Cats pull away from Tribe with
6 runs in the 5th inning
By Janet Smeltz, CONTRIBUTING WRITER


Halifax's Kassidy Sorichetti safely beats the throw to home plate. (Sentinel photo by Lon Zeiders)
MILLERSBURG • Both teams worked hard to secure a victory in this Tri-Valley League contest  but a huge six-run fifth inning spelled trouble for the Lady Indians, as they found no answer offensively. Halifax secured the April 10 win at 8-4.

Millersburg pitcher Marlo Roadcap retired three straight batters in order to start off the first inning. It was the Indians’ turn to strike gold. In the bottom of the first, Nikki Monroe ripped a one-out single to left field but was out at third on the next play. Shomper dashed to second on a steal and scored on a Roadcap base hit. Courtesy runner Cheyanne Phillips advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mariah Armor and Kim Leitzel worked two-out walks to load the bases. Another wild pitch scored Phillips, advancing runners to second and third, but Chelsea Konyar pitched a key strikeout to get out of the inning. The Indians led 2-0.

After two quiet innings, Millersburg came to life again in the bottom of the fourth  when Leitzel reached base on an error. Kelsey Snyder singled. With the bases loaded, a sharp hit by MicKayla Armor was knocked down by Morgan Cox, who was left without a play. Leitzel scored. Monroe then hit a blooper behind the pitcher and Halifax again was unable to make a play so Snyder scored. The Indians led 4-0 after four innings.

The ’Cats rallied in the fifth to score six unanswered runs.

Kassidy Sorichetti ignited the rally when she beat the throw on a well executed bunt, followed by a Paige Miller single and a slap shot from Davia Erdman. (By faking a bunt and repositioning the bottom hand at the last second, a batter can “slap” the ball to a specific infield spot.) 

With the bases then loaded, Morgan Cox hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Sorichetti. Konyar belted a double to right center, scoring Miller and Erdman. Konyar then stole third and scored on a passed ball, knotting the score at 4-4. Anna Seiders reached base on a walk and stole second. 

Brooke Grill hit the go-ahead run with a single to right field. Seiders scored on a right-fielder error on a ball hit by Melody Davis.  The ’Cats led 6-4 after five innings.

Halifax extended their lead in the top of the sixth when Miller led off with her third hit of the night, followed by an Erdman walk. Miller stole third and Cox plated her on a fielder’s choice. Cox then scored on a Konyar single. The Indians put up no offensive threat in the last three innings, as Konyar retired the sides with solid defense backing her up.

Konyar was the winning pitcher with four runs, five  hits, three strike outs and three walks. Roadcap took the loss with six runs, seven  hits, five strike outs and three walks, hitting a batter with a pitch. Millersburg relief pitcher Shomper was responsible for two runs, three hits, two walks and a hit pitch. 

Only three errors were committed in the entire game – two by Halifax and one by Millersburg. 

Offensively, Konyar went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored.  Miller went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Erdman went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. 

For Millersburg, Nikki Monroe was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.




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