Ligonier Valley High School softball team on a roll

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Bringing its season to 3-0, the Ligonier Valley High School softball team won victories at United and at home against Penns Manor. The Rams finished both games in five innings, winning by margins of 12 or more runs.

In the 13-1 win against United, Ligonier pitcher Hailey Umbaugh pitched five complete innings, where she struck out seven batters, gave up two hits and did not walk a single batter. The Rams scored in each of the five innings, beginning with a four-run rally in the first and following it with another run in the second. They then repeated the pattern, bringing in four runs in the third and another to close the fourth. United scored it's only run in the fourth, which was answered by three from Ligonier to force an early finish.

At home versus Penns Manor, Umbaugh again pitched five innings, dealing out seven strikeouts, walking a single batter, and giving up only one hit. Scoring in the 14-0 victory began in the second inning with a three-run home run from Maddy Grimm, who drove in Hannah Yeskey and Breanne Wallace. Courtney Frappier, Jeannie Markosky, and Umbaugh also scored in the second. When Grimm returned to the plate, she again hit a three-run homer, this time driving in Yeskey and Brittany Lynch.

The Rams then scored an additional five innings in the fourth to force another early end. A single from Rachel Wallace brought Frappier in to score, followed by a two-RBI triple from Lynch. A single from Jackie Berry brought Lynch and Grimm in to score the last runs of the game.

Coach Mark Zimmerman said all of the phases of the team's game were working against Penns Manor, including bunting and getting on base.

“We have been talking about the short game; knowing that the short game is going to be important. We got some bunts, we got some girls on, got it running, and then we got some timely big hits that helped as well,” he said.

Among these big hits, were Grimm's two home runs, which contributed to almost half of the team's scoring.

“Pretty good performance today,” Zimmerman said. “She was seeing the ball well. She sees the ball well most every day, but she was hitting the ball hard today. Even the one she got out on, she hit it hard. You know coming in you are going to get some innings out of Maddy Grimm like that.”

The Rams will play host 5 p.m. Monday to Blairsville at the Friendship Park field. They will travel to Purchase Line Wednesday.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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