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Ligonier Valley softball team wins 3

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier's Maddy Grimm rounds third base after slamming a home run with head coach Mark Zimmerman congratulating her. Taken April 22, 2013 at Friendship Park field.

In the most recent string of game, the Ligonier Valley High School Rams softball team scored victories against Heritage Conference opponents United, Homer Center and Penns Manor, bringing their conference record to 8-1. They also lost a non-conference game against Norwin, bringing the season total to 8-2.

In the 10-0 victory against United, the Rams scored two runs in the first inning, followed by three in the second, one in both the third and fourth and three runs in the fifth. Breanne Wallace led hitting, going four for four with a single, two doubles and a triple. Wallace also scored two runs and had two RBI's. Hailey Umbaugh pitched all six innings for Ligonier, throwing nine strikeouts, walking only a single batter and gave up two hits.

Coach Mark Zimmerman said he was happy with the runs his team put up, but was more interested in how well the team played defensively, saying, “We did a lot of things well. We pitched well; played defense well. That's always the most important thing. You win a lot of ball games if you don't give up any runs.”

Next, Ligonier went into Homer Center, winning 9-1. Pitcher Umbaugh again went the distance for the Rams, dealing out 14 strikeouts, two walks and two hits in seven innings. Maddy Grimm was the leading hitter in the game, going two for three with a triple and a home run, earning four RBIs. The game went scoreless until the third inning, when Ligonier scored three runs and never gave up the lead. They scored once in the fourth and twice in the fifth. Homer Center finally scored a consolation run in the bottom of the fifth, but then gave the Rams three more runs in the seventh.

The following day, the Rams travelled to Penns Manor, coming away with a 12-0 win. Courtney Frappier went two for two with a single and an over the fence home run. Jackie Berry and Breanne Wallace each had 3 hits, and Hailey Umbaugh contributed a double to Ligonier's offense. On the mound, Umbaugh struck out six and gave up two walks and a pair of hits. The Rams scored their first run in the third inning, followed by two in the fifth, one in the sixth and eight in the seventh inning to end the game on top.

In their third game in as many days, Ligonier took on Norwin in a close-fought loss 7-6. Pitcher Hailey Umbaugh threw out six, gave up two walks, hit two batters and allowed 16 hits. Jackie Berry went three for four with two RBI's and Frappier went two for four and had three RBIs.

The Rams scored once in the third, which was matched by Norwin by the end of the inning. Ligonier fell behind 3-1 in the fifth, but tied the game in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. However, the Rams' three runs in the eighth fell one short of Norwin, who scored four in the bottom of the eighth to grab a walk-off victory.

The Rams will travel to Northern Cambria Monday and on Tuesday they will travel to Blairsville.

Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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