West Point teams begin state tournament
The West Point 9- and 10-year-old girls softball team, along with the 11-year-old squad, will be playing for Pennsylvania Little League state titles beginning today.
They will be trying to join the West Point 11- and 12-year-old all-stars, who won the state title two weeks ago.
The 9-10 all-stars used the one-hit pitching of Nikki Adisey to defeat Warren, 1-0, on Wednesday in the West Division championship game at Punxsutawney.
West Point's 9-10s will play South Marple at 5 p.m. today at Punxsutawney in Game 1 of the best-of-three series.
"Nikki Adisey's one-hitter was the key," West Point coach Tom Appleby said. "Our defense was solid, too."
Shelby Noel scored the game's only run in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sacrifice bunt by Julie Fiedor.
Fiedor had the only extra-base hit; a double in the second inning.
"We knew what we were going up against," Appleby said. "We faced Warren in the opening round of Western pool play and won another close game, 3-2. The game tonight came down to pitching and timely hitting."
West Point also defeated Ford City (19-1) and Milton (13-11) in the tournament.
"I think we did our preparation for the South Marple game by playing Warren twice," Appleby said. "Warren is a really good team."
South Marple advanced with victories over West Side (4-1), Marvine Dutch Gap (11-3) and Warrington-Warwick (15-12, 6-3).
West Point is the defending state champion.
The West Point 11s open the best-of-three state tournament at 6 p.m. today at home against Carbino Club. West Point advanced by defeating Fort LeBoeuf (9-4, 9-3), Ligonier (20-2) and Danville (11-1).
Carbino Club defeated Warrington (13-3) and West Bradford (28-10) and split with Radnor-Wayne, losing 7-4 in pool action, but winning 15-4 in the championship game.
The West Point 9-10s defeated Carbino Club to win the state title last year.