The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 27, 2013

H.S. softball: Timely hits help Williamsport top Mifflinburg

By Jon Gerardi

The Daily Item

WILLIAMSPORT -- As the Lady Millionaires walked into the dugout after getting the last out in the top of the fourth inning Saturday, Williamsport coach Quint Bower looked at his players and told them they needed to start swinging and making contact.

They had been doing that already, but struggled to gain any momentum.

It seemed then Williamsport immediately took its coach's advice.

With two on and one out, a double to left by Kaitlin Caringi started a rally of five consecutive hits in the bottom of the fourth as Williamsport scored six runs. The Millionaires took a 9-6 leadand maintained it over three innings for the win over Mifflinburg in the final of the Williamsport Softball Tournament at Elm Park.

The Wildcats got to the final by defeating Delaware Valley, 8-5. They also won on Friday against Conwell-Egan, 3-2.

"We've been making contact all day, especially on the pitcher (Sara Stauffer), but we just needed to keep our heads and getting level cuts and that's what we did. We were able to get a few runs there," Williamsport pitcher Alexis Bower said.

Mifflinburg (13-3, 9-1 HAC-I) was without star pitcher Alli Lloyd due to Lloyd being ejected in Friday's game. Since it was a tournament, she was ineligible to pitch in Saturday's morning and afternoon games.

After Caringi's double, Bower connected with an infield single to drive in a run before her sister, MiKayla Bower, came through with a huge double to center to drive in two more runs. Williamsport (10-1) batted around the lineup. Samantha Fischer scored thanks to an infield error and also reached safely on a shallow single that dropped into right.

Williamsport entered the fourth inning trailing the Wildcats 6-3. Williamsport rallied in the second to tie the game after trailing 3-0.

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