The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 17, 2014

Little League softball: Lewisburg overcomes mistakes in Major tournament

By Todd Hummel

The Daily Item

MIFFLINBURG -- The Lewisburg Major Division softball team didn't play its best game Tuesday night in the winners bracket of the District 13 tournament.

However, those mistakes didn't cost Lewisburg as it took advantage of the wildness of Warrior Run's pitcher to notch a 9-5 victory over Warrior Run and remain undefeated in the tournament at Haney Field.

"It was rough tonight. We had a hard time in the field. We were not making plays. A couple of errors and dropped fly balls ... we just weren't sharp," Lewisburg manager Craig Hoffman said. "We are going to have to get it together if we are going to win the next game."

Lewisburg advances to the winners bracket final where it faces the winner of tonight's Milton-Mifflinburg contest at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Warrior Run drops into the elimination bracket and will face Danville at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Lewisburg took advantage of 19 walks, which accounted for most of its offense. Meanwhile on the mound, Lewisburg pitcher Sydney Hoffman was able to pitch around five Lewisburg errors and did not issue a walk until the sixth inning. Sydney Hoffman allowed five hits, striking out seven, walking one and hitting a batter.

Lewisburg took a 5-0 lead in the top of the second without the benefit of a hit. Grace Rosevear, Hoffman and Abby Carney worked RBI walks, while Kendall Murphy had an RBI sacrifice bunt. The other run in the inning scored on a wild pitch.

Warrior Run got two runs back in the bottom of the second when Sammy Ferguson led off with a triple to the left-field fence. She scored on an error. After a Tara Stump single, Jade Swartz scored on Marissa Pick's RBI sacrifice bunt to cut the Lewisburg lead to 5-2.

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