Softball team pursues 2nd round
TribLIVE Sports Videos
The Ligonier Valley High School Rams softball team came from behind in the top of the seventh to score two runs and take a 6-5 lead over Chestnut Ridge in the first round of the PIAA AA State Tournament. A flawless defensive stand in the bottom of the seventh gave Ligonier the win and sent them into the second round.
“It was a slugfest and that's what you expect in the state tournament,” said head coach Mark Zimmerman. “We didn't quit, we didn't give up, we didn't hang our heads, and I think some of the tough teams we've played coming in to here helps that. You know coming in that's the kind of ball you are going to see. You just have to respond when you get up and you have to respond when you get down.”
Maddy Grimm scored the first run of the game in the third inning, hitting a deep ball that almost cleared the fence. Grimm rounded second before the ball fell to the Chestnut Ridge outfielder, who dropped it and was unable to recover before Grimm made it home.
After giving up two runs in the bottom of the third inning, Grimm stepped up again in the fifth and hit the ball over the fence, bringing pinch hitter Courtney Lear in for a two-run home run.
Chestnut Ridge took the lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs. In the top of the sixth, a Brittany Lynch single drove in pinch runner Kari Kuhn to bring Ligonier within one.
In the seventh inning, Lear got on base because of an error and Grimm received an intentional walk. Lear was forced out on a Jackie Berry grounder and Berry was also forced out at second base on a Breanne Wallace hit.
“We knew that we had to just keep putting the ball in play and let the chips fall where they may. Once we got that lead off girl on base was paramount. Once you get the lead off girl on there is a pretty good chance you can score,” Zimmerman noted.
With the tying run in Grimm on third and two outs, Courtney Frappier hit a ground ball to the short stop that bobbled it and was unable to make a play. The error allowed Grimm to tie the game, and another error for Rachel Wallace allowed Breanne Wallace to score and take the lead.
Going into the seventh, pitcher Hailey Umbaugh said she was nervous, but had confidence in her fielders. Rachel Wallace and Grimm made back-to-back catches, and a strikeout from Umbaugh ended the game and punched the Lady Rams' ticket into the next round.
“I didn't know what to think when she swung and didn't hit it,” Umbaugh commented. “I guess I was in disbelief. I was really happy.”
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police officer fatally shot in New Florence; suspect in custody
- Four downs: Steelers might still be Adams’ best bet
- Steelers find success vs. NFC
- Zatkoff’s, Malkin’s heroics not enough as Oilers down Penguins in shootout
- America could use more concealed carry gun permit holders
- Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title
- Small Business Saturday a boon to Alle-Kiski Valley merchants
- As historic breakup nears, Alcoa works to redefine its ‘advantage’
- Steelers notebook: Brown downplays possible matchup against Seahawks’ Sherman
- Aliquippa wins 16th WPIAL title, ends South Fayette’s 44-game winning streak
- Woman dies after bleeding on sidewalk outside Carrick pizzeria