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May 8, 2013

H.S. softball: Error proves costly as Mifflinburg tops Milton

Mifflinburg claims the HAC-I title

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The Black Panthers stranded a total of eight runners in four innings.

Mifflinburg's Sara Stauffer came through with a huge two-run home run deep to center field in the top of the seventh which put the Wildcats ahead by three.

"It felt great coming off my bat. I didn't think it was over (the fence), but I knew that I would get a hit off it," Stauffer said. "Glad that it worked out."

After starting the game with two straight 1-2-3 innings, Milton started hitting Lloyd. Batman hit a double down the right-field line in the bottom of the third before Mackenna Miller (2-for-4) had a hit drop into center and push the first run across the plate.

The Black Panthers then added two more runs in the fourth. Adams and Linea Brouse reached on a single and an error, respectively, before Batman came through with another double -- this one for 2 RBIs -- to give Milton the 3-0 lead.

"We've had pretty decent success hitting the ball off of (Lloyd) ever since she started pitching," Milton coach Bill Keefer said. "We've always hit the ball half-decent against her. We don't always beat her, but we always score runs off her."

The usually dominant Lloyd struck out only four Milton batters, but the Mifflinburg defense did its job throughout the game with great defensive plays.

With a runner on second and one out in the fifth inning, Adams hit a deep shot to center that was easily fielded by Davis. Without missing a beat, Davis threw to third to beat the runner's slide and turn an inning-ending double play.

"Milton's a great hitting team (and) the defense behind me was awesome. They were just amazing. I can't say enough about them," Lloyd said. "They made the plays they needed to. I think we really played as a team and it was a great game."

The Black Panthers collected seven hits, with three batters (Batman, Miller and Dani Lincoln) having two apiece.

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