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Lady Rams win home opener

| Thursday, April 11, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
The Ligonier Valley High School girls softball team are first row (from left) Hailey Umbaugh, Maddy Grimm, Jeannie Markosky, Breanne Wallace and Jackie Berry; second row, Kelly Kallmann, Brittany Lynch, Danielle Schrock, Caitlin Michaels, Hannah Yeskey and Rachel Wallace; third row, Jackie Blume, Hannah Ellenberger, Megan Horrell, Jamie Wynn, Courtney Frappier, Annie Michaels, Rebekah Pleskovitch, Kari Kuhn and Aurora Brown. Taken 3/27/2013 at the Ligonier Valley High School.

Clad in sweatpants and sweatshirts to fight off the cold, the Ligonier Valley High School softball team played the first game of the season last week, shutting out visitors Purchase Line 9-0 for a Heritage Conference victory. Courtney Frappier went three for four with a double and two RBI's. Jeannie Markosky went two for four with two RBI's. Breanne Wallace went two for four with a double and an RBI. Hannah Yeskey went two for three with a double. Brittany Lynch also had a double.

Head coach Mark Zimmerman said he thought the team played good defense and had good pitching from Hailey Umbaugh, who struck out eight batters.

“It's a nice start,” Zimmerman noted. “We left a few too many girls on base, but we did OK. We responded well when we had some girls on base. I think we made the plays that we had to make and the plays went the right way. All in all for the first game and the cold weather it wasn't too bad.”

In the first inning, Maddy Grimm scored the first run after being batted in by Breanne Wallace. Wallace and Courtney Frappier both got on base and were batted in to score by Umbaugh after a two-base error. Umbaugh scored on a passed ball, putting the Rams up 4-0 after the first.

Frappier and Markosky got on base in the third and were batted in by a double from Yeskey. The Rams scored two more runs in the fifth inning. Rachel Wallace hit a single and the pitcher walked Brittany Lynch. A triple from Grimm brought Wallace and Lynch in, to make the score 8-0.

Breanne Wallace doubled in the bottom of the sixth and was batted in by Frappier to score the final run for the Ligonier Valley.

The Rams will play host to Marion Center 5 p.m. Friday and Wednesday to Northern Cambria, both games will be played at the Friendship Park field. They will travel to Pine Richland April 18.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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