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May 13, 2013

H.S. softball: Two towering Southern Columbia homers seal game against Shamokin

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While Tomaschik was solid offensively (3-for-4), her arm was her biggest weapon in the win. Southern's ace kept the Shamokin hitters quiet essentially all game as she fanned 14, including 12 strikeouts through five hitless innings. The Indians reached three times in those innings on a walk, hit batter and an error.

"I just told them play for outs. I don't care if they score runs, just get the outs," Southern Columbia coach Al Cihocki said. "Mal did a pretty good job. They had some kids that had some trouble getting the bats on the ball down at the bottom and I wasn't too concerned (of a comeback)."

Shamokin put its first runs on the board in the sixth.

Natalie Wolfe singled into shallow right field to break up Tomaschik's no-hit bid before Olivia Bonshock drove in Wolfe two batters later on a shallow double into right field. Courtney McGrath then hit a single into right to bring Bonshock home and cut the Indians' deficit to 9-3.

"I think that they just started to realize how I was pitching," Tomaschik said. "It looked to me that they were adjusting to my pitches and hitting them when they needed to."

Shamokin's two singles and double in the sixth were the Indians' only hits.

"It was a tough one and like I told our players, they came out and they hit the ball and we didn't until the sixth inning," Cryder said. "We were five innings too late, but I got to give it to Southern, she (Tomaschik) pitched a good game and they hit the ball."

The Tigers responded to Shamokin's rally by tacking on two in the seventh with Troup's two-RBI single to left.

Southern Columbia sent at least six batters to the plate in four innings, collecting 11 total hits off Shamokin's Nash and Helena Supsic.

"The (Tigers) played hard," Cihocki said. "We're finally starting to hit the ball like we should be hitting the ball."

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