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Lady Scotties best Lady Cougars, 4-1

| Wednesday, April 25, 2001

ALVERTON - For the second day in a row, the Southmoreland softball team picked up a clutch Section 3-AA victory.

After beating Mount Pleasant on Monday, the Lady Scotties came back 24 hours later and notched a 4-1 victory over visiting Yough.

'It was a great win for us,' Southmoreland coach Kim Pfeifer said. 'Yough is a big rivalry for us too.'

Unlike their game against Mount Pleasant in which they were forced to rally for the win, the Lady Scotties jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

Southmoreland broke loose with two runs in the first inning as Liz Zgorecki and Jess Henry each singled and scored. Ashley Shedlock knocked in Zgorecki with an RBI sacrifice fly before Henry crossed the plate on an error to make it 2-0.

The Lady Cougars committed two costly errors in the first inning, and they finished the game with six miscues.

'We didn't play nearly as well as we can play,' Yough coach Frank Ansell said. 'It was a below average game for us.'

But despite their mistakes, the Lady Cougars managed to stay in the game as pitcher Tracy Tonkavitch allowed just one hit over the next three innings.

Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars were getting their chances, but they couldn't come up with the clutch hits. Yough stranded 10 base runners, seven of which were in scoring position.

'We had a couple of base running mistakes,' Ansell admitted. 'And we couldn't put the hits together. We had a lot of hits (seven), but we just couldn't get them when we needed them.'

The Lady Scotties did a great job of not allowing the Lady Cougars to get on the boardthrough the first six innings. Pitcher Zgorecki and the rest of the Southmoreland defense always came up with a key out when it was needed the most.

'They stranded a lot of runners, and that is a credit to Liz and the rest of the defense to be able to get out of that because Yough had enough base runners to win the game. Our defense was tough, and Yough played a tough game too. But we got the hits when we needed them.'

In the sixth, the Lady Scotties came up with two more runs thanks to a few more key hits.

Channah Zapotoczny led off the sixth with a triple and she scored on an error. Then Zgorecki followed with a single and also scored on another Yough mistake to make it 4-0.

The lead seemed to be a comfortable one, but in their last at-bat, the Lady Cougars would not go away quietly.

With one out in the seventh, Yough's Leah Bachism and Carrie Casoni worked back-to-back walks off Zgorecki. Then Christine Zupanc reached on an error to load the bases.

Finally, the Lady Cougars were able to get on the board when Natalie Pergar lifted a sacrifice fly to center. But with two outs, Zgorecki picked up the win as she stabbed a one-hopper back through the box and made the play at first to end the game.

After the game, Pfeifer revealed the secret to beating close section rivals on consecutive days.

'Mount Pleasant and Yough are probably the two closest districts in our section, so to play them (back-to-back) was tough,' Pfeifer said. 'We just wanted to play inning by inning, and to try to stay focused, and I think we did that.'

but despite the win, the Lady Scotties (5-1, 4-0) won't have any time to rest as they host Brownsville today. Also this afternoon, the Lady Cougars (4-4, 2-2) will host Belle Vernon.

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