The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 2, 2013

Jon Gerardi's softball column: Valley is home to great pitching

On Tuesday afternoon, I was covering the Warrior Run softball game at South Williamsport and, as many of you are aware, I tweet scoring updates between innings.

After five innings, the Defenders' Taylor Parker had a no-hitter going, which ultimately got broken up by a bunt single by South Williamsport's Rachel Floyd in South's final at-bat.

As I went to send a tweet, I saw a fellow sports writer tweet that Milton's Taylor Batman had a no-hitter going through four innings.

Two attempted no-no's in a single day? Impressive stuff, but it got me thinking and really, it isn't that surprising when you factor in just how many talented pitchers grace the Valley.

How many, you ask?

Well, just to name a few…-- Mifflinburg's Alli Lloyd (four one-hitters)

-- Warrior Run's Parker (two perfect games, four no-hitters, four one-hitters)

-- Southern Columbia's Mallory Tomaschik (one no-hitter)

-- Milton's Batman and freshman Dani Lincoln (Batman with a no-hitter, the duo with a combined no-hitter)

-- Lourdes' Charlee Rosini (2 one-hitters) and Peyton Klembara (no-hitter)

Through the first two months of the season now, there have been five different pitchers who have accounted for 12 one-hitters, seven pitchers who accounted for 10 no-hitters, and Parker herself already has two perfect games.

"I think the quality of talent is great in our area: Taylor Parker, (Williamsport's) Alexis (Bower) and Mallory Tomaschik, all of them and all the ones I haven't mentioned that I can't think of right now," Lloyd said with a laugh after Saturday's Williamsport Softball Tournament. "We have a lot of great pitchers in our area and I think it's one of the toughest areas in Pennsylvania. Central Pa. has great pitchers."

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