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April 25, 2014

High school softball: Southern Columbia scores in bunches

By Anthony Mitchell

The Daily Item

CATAWISSA -- As she grabbed the ball to start the third inning, Abbey Herr took a quick glance at the sky before fixing her gaze on the task at hand.

With the way she was starting to settle in, Herr could afford to take a moment for herself.

Herr held Shikellamy's bats at bay before Southern Columbia's offense erupted to beat the Braves, 10-0 in five innings in a Heartland Athletic Conference cross-over game Friday.

The Tigers sophomore hurler had thrown a no-hitter Thursday in a win over Hughesville. While Kelsey Zimmerman quickly ended a bid for a second no-no by ripping the second pitch of the game into right field, Herr quickly found her groove in the circle.

When the Braves (1-6) did put the ball in play, it was routinely scooped up by Southern's defense or by Herr herself for a quick out.

"It's great to have a solid defense behind me," Herr said. "They really do have my back in all situations so I really do rely on them for a lot of things."

Using all areas of the strike zone effectively, Herr was able to rely on the strikeout to escape threatening situations. When Herr was no longer forcing swings on high pitches, she went down to the knees to miss bats and worked both edges of the plate.

Rarely starting consecutive at-bats with the same look, Herr kept the Braves guessing. She finished with seven strikeouts and made Zimmerman's leadoff knock stand as the Braves' lone hit in the game.

Zimmerman moved to third on a throwing error with one out before Herr got the second out with a strikeout. After a walk by Brianna Yarger and a bit of savvy base-running put runners on second and third with two outs, Herr induced a groundout to escape the jam.

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