Softball team falls in 2nd round
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The Ligonier Valley High School softball team fell 13-0 to undefeated Riverside High School in the second round of the PIAA AA playoffs. Ligonier gave up one run in the second inning, two in the third, and five runs in the fourth and fifth innings, forcing an early finish and moving Riverside on to the next round.
“It was pretty much a snowball effect,” commented head coach Mark Zimmerman. “It started out okay and then got worse. We had a good first inning, and then it just seemed like the longer the game went, the more mistakes were made and the more hits they got. The thing just got out of control, and I think the girls lost some of their composure. When that happens and you are playing a good team the results aren't going to be very good.”
Rachel Wallace had the only hit for the Lady Rams, a single in the fifth inning, and the only other base runner was Jeannie Markosky, who got on base on an error. Pitcher Hailey Umbaugh did not strike out a batter for the first time all season, and gave up three walks. Ten of the 13 runs were unearned.
The Rams finished their season with a record of 17-5, making it to the finals of the District Six Playoffs and the second round of the state tournament. Zimmerman said he would have liked to go on further into the state championship, but he is pleased with the overall performance of his team this season.
“The season went very well. I think the girls competed openly, fairly and honestly. I think we accomplished a lot of things that we set out to do,” Zimmerman said. “As the younger girls look at it, they see just where the bar has been set and what's expected of them. We try to come back to that point every year. We try to better ourselves and keep knocking on the door as far as getting into the state tournament.”
Zimmerman and his players also wanted to convey their thanks to those who have supported the team this season.
“To everybody in the town –the fans, the parents, everybody –our support was great and we certainly want to thank everyone that got behind us. All the cards, texts, phone wishes, all that stuff is greatly appreciated. We put some miles on this year and we were well represented.”
Peter Turcik is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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