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April 3, 2014

H.S. softball: Mifflinburg coaxes some offense in win

Davis belts three hits, bats in three

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"(Davis has) been on a tear here; I think she was coming into this (game) batting .545. She was really tearing it up and (went) 3-for-4 tonight. She's really on fire right now and I'm not changing a thing with her," Ross said with a laugh.

Danville struggled coming up with timely hits when needed, stranding a runner in all but one inning. The Ironmen left the bases loaded twice and abandoned two runners in two other innings.

The Lady Ironmen had runners on the corners in the second with only one out before the next two batters got out. The same scenario evolved in the sixth inning with runners on second and third, but Danville scored a run. Reedy hit an infield single and went to third on a line-drive single along the right-field line by Meghan Dennen. Ally Mullen's groundout scored Reedy to make it a 9-3 game.

Sophomore Hannah Boop threw all seven innings for Mifflinburg and played solid, not giving up a single extra-base hit. She allowed Danville to collect multiple hits in only two innings.

"She's a young girl. She's new (and) she has big shoes to fill, obviously, following Alli Lloyd last year. She's just taking it game by game," Davis said of Boop. "She's such a free spirit about it, but when it comes down to it, she gets absolutely serious about it, which is great as a pitcher. She keeps the intensity up and when we need her to come through, she always seems to do so."

Boop ended the game with four strikeouts and allowed six hits. Mifflinburg, which didn't commit an error in the win, spread nine hits throughout its lineup.

Danville pitcher Leslie Fritz struck out six through four innings before Blaire Keister took over in the fifth inning.

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