Penn-Trafford softball scores 11 runs in a row, pounds Mt. Pleasant
Mt. Pleasant softball coach Lauren Shaheen likes to use games her team plays as a learning tool. Friday's nonsection game against visiting Penn-Trafford offered her plenty of teaching points.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Mt. Pleasant committed three errors and gave up 11 unanswered runs in a five-inning 11-1 loss to the Warriors.
“You can take away more from a loss than you can a win, and I definitely think we can learn a lot,” Shaheen said.
The Warriors (7-3) will also look to take something away from the game. Specifically, they will try to keep their offense moving in the right direction.
“This was a game where we shook things up and we got more hitting in our lineup,” Penn-Trafford coach Monica Cox said.
Penn-Trafford belted 13 hits and used two big innings to cruise to the victory. The Warriors scored four runs in the third and added seven more in the fifth. Sarah Koscho connected for a solo homer in the fourth and added a two-run blast in the fifth. Megan Little had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and pitcher Nicole Smith helped herself with three hits and two RBIs. Hannah Dobrinick and Marissa Bacco had two hits each and scored two runs.
Emma Nedley had a two-run single and Becky Mertz also picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk.
According to Cox, the strong offensive performance was a welcome sight for a team coming off section losses to Hempfield and Norwin. Still, despite the recent struggles, Cox noted Little has provided a consistent bat for the Warriors.
“Megan has been hitting up a storm, and she just went 3 for 4,” Cox said. “It was a big day for us hitting and hopefully it continues.”
While Penn-Trafford pounded out the hits against Mt. Pleasant pitcher Meadow Uncapher, Smith had a dominant day in the circle for the Warriors. She gave up one hit, a first-inning home run to Chloe Poulich. She finished with seven strikeouts and one walk.
“That's the most control I've seen her have this year,” Cox said.
While pleased with her team's start to the game, Shaheen noted the Vikings (5-4), who visit Southmoreland on Tuesday, have plenty of room for improvement.
“When you get a first-inning home run, it's always great,” Shaheen said. “But then our bats kind of died after that. There were not a lot of positives. We were average to below average fielding and we have to have better at-bats.”
Jason Black is the local sports editor of the Daily Courier. Reach him at email@example.com.