Softball players blank Northern Cambria
In only four at-bats, the Ligonier Valley High School softball team scored 13 runs, shutting out Northern Cambria for the team's record to an undefeated 5-0. Head Coach Mark Zimmerman said the young and inexperienced Northern Cambria team made many errors in the game, giving the Rams the offensive edge to come away with the victory.
“We definitely took advantage of the mistakes,” Zimmerman said. “Any time they keep letting girls on base, sooner or later that's going to hurt you. You don't want to let any more on base than you absolutely have to. All in all we were happy with the way we played today. We pitched well, we played defense well and we hit some pitches well too.”
Pitcher Hailey Umbaugh struck out five batters, giving up two hits and a walk. Leader hitters on the day included Maddy Grimm, who went three for four with two singles, a home run and three RBI's. Courtney Frappier went two for two with a double and Breanne Wallace went two for two with a double and three RBI's.
Ligonier scored seven runs in the first inning, beginning with a two-RBI singles from Breanne Wallace, driving in Maddy Grimm and Jackie Berry. Courtney Frappier then brought Wallace in to score and scored herself from a single hit by Hailey Umbaugh. Rachel Wallace then drove Umbaugh in, followed by a single by Grimm, which brought in Kari Kuhn making the score, 7-0.
Frappier doubled in the second inning and scored on a sacrifice fly from Umbaugh. In the third Berry had an RBI, driving in Kuhn and Frappier brought Grimm in to score. Finally, in the fourth Grimm hit a two-run home run bringing in Rebekah Pleskovitch. Berry closed scoring, getting a run on a Breanne Wallace double.
Zimmerman explained that even with the scoring, it was the Rams' defense that ultimately won the game.
“Northern Cambria did put some balls in play, but we made some nice plays on defense and that's more important than anything. We were going to score some runs. We didn't have to score 13, but as long as you keep the other team to zero, it's a lot easier to win.”
The Rams will play host 5 p.m. Friday to United and travel Monday to Homer Center. The Ligonier team will then travel Tuesday to Penns Manor.
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.