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April 4, 2013

H.S. softball: Lineup mistake pays off for Mifflinburg

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

MIFFLINBURG -- When he was filling out the lineup for Mifflinburg, coach Steve Ross, for whatever reason, switched his order up by accident. Instead of Ali Lloyd hitting in the four hole as she usually does, she switched with Kelcie Crabb and was now batting third.

It finally dawned on Ross that he messed the order up.

Ironically, that inadvertent mistake worked out great for the Wildcats.

After Lloyd reached safely with a fielder's choice to the Danville third baseman, Crabb took a 1-1 pitch and drove it down the left field line to bring Margaret Wiand home for a 1-0 win over Danville on Wednesday afternoon at Mifflinburg High School in a Heartland Athletic Conference-Division I game.

"Kelcie's hitting very, very well this year and I'm very proud of her and I'm sure the team is too. I had all the confidence in the world with her coming up to bat. I had that feeling and I knew she could do it," Lloyd said. "We switched roles today (in the lineup) and she did very well."

Wiand got the inning started for Mifflinburg (3-0, 3-0 HAC-I) with a nice shot into right field before Nicole Brouse safely reached on a throwing error with one out to put runners at the corners. Lloyd then hit a dribbler down the third base line for a fielder's choice before Crabb's game-winning RBI single.

"I felt good the way we had it set up coming into the seventh inning. I knew I had my No. 9 (hitter) then top of the order coming up, so I felt confident there with that," Ross said. "It's nice if you get the right people in the right positions to come up in those situations. Kelcie's a clutch hitter to have in that situation."

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