The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 27, 2013

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


After the Lady Millionaires' lead-changing fourth inning, Williamsport brought in ace pitcher Bower to relieve Taylor Brooks and shut down the Wildcats, which is exactly what the all-state pitcher did.

"I just go in with the mind set like I need to go in and do my job (and) I need to help out Taylor. I'm a relief (pitcher), that's my job," Bower said. "I went in with the mind set you have to go in and throw hard and throw strikes, and that's what I did."

Once Bower entered the game, the Wildcats' bats went completely silent. Bower struck out 11 of the 12 batters she faced, with Stauffer popping out to short for the game's final out.

Mifflinburg went from having seven hits in the first three innings to being no-hit over the final four.

"I know that was going to happen (with Bower coming in), but our pitching was just a little weak," Mifflinburg coach Steve Ross said.

Stauffer and Chelsea Mitchell (who followed Stauffer midway through the fourth), combined to allow 11 hits while striking out six (three apiece).

The Wildcats wasted no time and jumped out to an early lead as McKenzie Noll hit a single to right field in just the team's second at-bat before Stauffer was walked two batters later. That allowed Mackenzie Kyler to come through with a huge triple into deep left-center to drive in two runs. In the third inning, the Wildcats strung together three straight singles before Margaret Wiand hit a double into left to drive in two more. Molly Davis had an RBI-single in the inning as well to put Mifflinburg ahead by three, 6-3.

Wiand was the only Wildcat to record two extra base hits, as she also hit a triple in the second inning to set up a run when Kayla Kline reached on an error to put Mifflinburg ahead 3-0.

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