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Juniata bats dominate the Tigers

By Kenny Varner


MIFFLINTOWN – Despite the cold and windy weather, the Juniata girls softball team mixed timely hitting, strong defense and clutch pitching to put together a full game full of runs and ultimately a victory over visiting Fannett-Metal, 10-4.

Juniata hurler Paige Storey sailed through the contest, striking out four while allowing only one inning where the Lady Tigers plated runs.

Things started strong for the Indians as they posted three runs in the bottom of the first, getting the first runs on the scoreboard.

Highlighting the game was Juniata’s Madalyn Marrone, blasting a missile shot into deep into right field way over the head of the right fielder. By the time the Tigers caught up to it, Marrone had motored in for the inside-the-park homerun.

In the first, Hannah Welfley singled to get the inning off and running.

With one out, Summer Swab poked an RBI double, scoring Welfley on the play, making it 1-0.

Marrone made Swab’s time on base a short one when she brought her home via an RBI single.

Morgan Snyder’s RBI single scored Marrone to end the first inning scoring at 3-0.

Fannett-Metal didn’t stay down for long as the it rallied back in the top of the third inning.

With one out, Mandy Swails’ patience at the plate got the rally going, walking to first.

Teammate Makayla O’ Donel  was hit by a Storey offering, putting runners on first and second.

The Tigers loaded the bases with two out as Candice Cornell walked, setting the stage for Emily Metcalfe blasted a 2-run RBI single, followed by a 2-RBI single by Brook Harris to take a brief 4-3 advantage.

However, the Fannett-Metal lead would not last as the Indians rallied right back, posting three runs in the bottom of the inning, taking a 6-4 lead.

Summer Swab started out the inning, hustling out an infield single. Marrone made the best of a bad situation, reaching first base after an error by the Tigers.

Cassidy Hambright blasted a double to the gap in left field, scoring Swab and Marrone.

Hambright later scored when she reached home on a fielders’ choice by Storey.

Marrone gave her team a little more breathing room in the bottom of fourth, placing an RBI single and then later crossing the plate on another error by Fannett-Metal, upping it to 8-4.

Juniata added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to hold onto the lead and onward to the victory. Hambright was also successful from behind the plate, throwing out two baserunners en route to the victory.


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