The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 25, 2014

High school softball: Southern Columbia scores in bunches


Herr set the Braves down in order in the second before the Tigers' offense came through.

Haley Levan reached on an error with two outs and McKenna Lupold followed with an RBI single to give the Tigers (9-2) a 1-0 lead.

"Once the bats got going, once we got on (Shikellamy), we know we've got some kids that can hit the ball," Southern Columbia coach Al Cihocki.

While the Braves went back to the dugout down a run, Shikellamy was not as fortunate in the third when the Tigers' bats came alive. Southern extended its lead to six runs before an out was recorded in the inning, highlighted by Herr crushing a ground-rule double to center and catcher Blair Johnston following with a two-run single. The Tigers plated seven runs in the inning.

"With the run support, I know my team can hit and I know we can score runs very effectively so I just do my part on the mound and I can let them take care of it in the box," Herr said.

Levan led off the fifth by lacing the ball down the line and sprinting for a triple. Lupold came to the plate looking for her third hit of the game, and sent a pitch over the fence in center for a two-run home run to end the game via the 10-run rule. Lupold finished with three RBIs.

Herr sent the last five hitters she faced back to the dugout without the ball leaving the infield.

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