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Lady Huskies fall short

By Kenny Varner


UNIVERSITY PARK – The Lady Huskies softball team went down like the District 6 defending champions all do, they went down fighting. Refusing to give up, Mifflin County rallied for one run in the seventh to break up a Central Mountain shut out.

However, the Wildcats would end up this year’s District 6 AAAA winner with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night at Beard Field on the Penn State Campus.

Mifflin County hit the ball hard but for most of the contest the ball went right at one of the Central Mountain fielders.

When the dust settled, the Lady Huskies managed to muscle out six hits while the Wildcats had seven hits. Most of Central Mountain’s hits came in the first inning when they plated all four runs.

After holding Mifflin County quiet in the top of the first, the Wildcats came out with bats a flying. Despite hits from Jordan Shirey and Mara Rhodes, the Lady Huskies came up empty.

With one out, Emily Strouse opened the offensive attack with a simple walk to get things started.

Mariah Major roped a 2-out single into left, scoring Strouse for the Wildcats’ first run. On the play at the plate, Major advanced to second.

Bree Hilty took on for the team as a Shelby Lyter pitch got away from her and hit the batter.

Jordan Kaler brought in the second and third runs of the inning when she smacked a single into the left field  corner, scoring Hilty and Lyter.

An RBI single by pitcher Rachel Shady put Central Mountain ahead 4-0.

In the fourth and fifth, Mifflin County got singles from Kali Hunter and Maggie Wray but couldn’t put it together for any runs, leaving Mifflin County still behind by a score of 4-0.

Finally in the seventh, the Huskies found their way onto the scoreboard.

Tara Kibe got the inning going with a soft looping fly that landed in shallow centerfield. However, she was caught in a fielders choice by teammate Lyter.

Wray kept things going with another single into centerfield, putting runners on first and second.

Leadoff hitter, Allessa Morrison laid down a perfect bunt which was thrown over the head of the first baseman, allowing Lyter to score, completing the score at 4-1.







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