Connellsville softball beats Kiski Area again
By Jason Black
Published: Friday, April 19, 2013, 12:03 a.m.
For a young softball team like Connellsville, each game is a learning experience. On Thursday, the Falcons gained more valuable experience and took away plenty of positives in a 6-4 victory over visiting Kiski Area in a Section 1-AAAA contest.
The Falcons (3-6, 3-6) beat Kiski Area for the second time in four days, and once again, they rallied from an early deficit.
After spotting the Cavaliers (2-7, 2-7) a 3-0 lead in a 6-4 victory Monday, the Falcons again gave up three early runs to Kiski. But just like Monday, Connellsville clawed back for another win. The win capped a busy week that saw the Falcons play four games in four days.
“This is definitely a game we had to have, and we're learning,” Connellsville coach Tom Nickelson said.
The Falcons were hoping for a strong start, particularly after consecutive losses to Latrobe, including a 9-0 defeat on Wednesday. However, it was the Cavaliers who struck quickly as Lyndsey Weiser and Emma Weaver highlighted a three-run first with RBI singles.
But Connellsville started its rally in the second as Kara Butler and Emily Keslar each walked. Both runs came home as Marissa Keffer lifted a sacrifice fly before Alyssa Orndorff notched an RBI single to make it 3-2.
Connellsville took the lead in the third on back-to-back RBI singles by Megan Butler and Keslar off Kiski Area pitcher Weaver.
For the Falcons, battling back after falling behind was something that impressed their coach.
“That was very good character by them,” Nickelson said.
Kiski tied the game with a run in the fourth as Kesley Rinnamon singled and scored on an error, but the Falcons took the lead for good thanks to a two-out, two-run single by Orndorff in the fifth.
“Alyssa is a good kid, and she is always learning and always working,” Nickelson said.
After giving up Kiski's fourth run, Connellsville pitcher Keslar scattered three hits over the final three innings to get the win.
“Our pitcher did well,” Nickelson said. “She came through when she had to.”
Both teams finished with nine hits, but the Falcons were able to collect them at more opportune times.
“We made some great defensive plays, and we had a few bright spots with the bat,” Kiski coach Dianne Haney said. “But we didn't have enough consistency to come back. They put hits together better than we did.”
Taylor Muffie and Rinnamon each finished with two hits for Kiski. Orndorff and Jackie Cramer had two hits for Connellsville.
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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