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Charleroi Area girls keep hitting, 11-5

| Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The 2014 softball season is shaping up to be special for the Charleroi Area Lady Cougars, and in more ways than one.

Sophomore Jaidyn Fronzaglio celebrated her “Sweet 16” birthday Thursday, and her teammates put on a sweet display at the plate as the Lady Cougars (7-2, 5-1) pounded out 15 hits en route to an 11-5 Section 4-AA win over Brentwood (5-4, 3-3).

“I am happy with that,” first-year Charleroi Area coach Trey Tilghman said of the offensive production. “We had 16 hits (Wednesday against section co-leader Steel Valley) and 15 more today.

“We need to keep it going.”

The final score was closer than the game actually was as Brentwood did not score until it tallied five runs, four unearned off of four Charleroi errors, in the fifth and sixth innings.

“We have to clean it up a little,” Tilghman said of the four late errors and six overall in the game. “For us to make the playoffs and do well, we have to play good defense.”

Charleroi made two errors in the top of the first and Brentwood loaded the bases with only one out, but junior pitcher Jen Tilghman, the coaches daughter, struck out consecutive batters to end the Brentwood threat.

Tilghman limited the guests to six hits while striking out 12 batters and giving up a single walk.

The junior mixed in a masterful curve ball and unhittable changeup to go with her fastball as Brentwood finished with only one solid hit, a sixth inning inside the park home run by senior Alexis Gaughan.

“Jen pitched well and she has all year,” Trey Tilghman said of his daughter. “When we hit like this and she is pitching well, we will be tough to beat.”

Charleroi scored twice in the first inning and scored six more times in the second inning to grab control of the contest.

Tilghman admitted he was a little worried about a letdown after such an emotional win Wednesday, but those fears subsided quickly.

“I was concerned until we started to hit right away,” he said.

Anjie Tilghman and Morgan Riley (triple and two singles a piece), and Carina Gottheld (double and two singles) all had three hits while Jordan Swarmer (double and single) and both Sydney Toth and Lynsey Wright (two singles each) all collected a pair of hits.

Riley led the way with three RBI for the Lady Cougars who head to Monessen for an exhibition game Monday and return to section play Wednesday when they are at East Allegheny.

Bill Hughes is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media..

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