The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 28, 2014

High Schoo Softball: Line Mountain's run ends in district semifinals

WILLIAMSPORT — Unfortunately for Line Mountain, this time around there was no miracle comeback. No opportunity for that one more chance.

When Madeline Reed grounded out to second for the final out of the seventh inning, it brought to an end one of the most exciting seasons in Line Mountain High School softball history and the memories of two never-before-this-year postseason victories in the playoffs. But the end result was a 6-1 loss to Bloomsburg on Wednesday in the District 4 Class A semifinals at Elm Park.

“I kept waiting for that spark but it didn’t happen and credit has to go to their pitcher,” Eagles coach Jordan Taraschuk said. “We didn’t swing at good pitches and (Emily) Wawroski had us guessing the whole game, as she did a great job of spotting the ball.”

Joelle Snyder broke up Wawroski’s perfect game with a triple to right field in the fourth and Kiana Lukoskie had an infield single to account for all of the Eagles’ offense, which at that point was trailing on the scoreboard 5-0.

The Panthers (16-6) scored the only run it would need in the first when Mallory Fry reached on an error and eventually crossed the plate on Wawroski’s single to center. In the second, after a walk and single by Alex Luxardo put runners on second and third, Vanessa Michael lofted a sacrifice fly for one run and while the second scored following Molly Williams’ sacrifice bunt that was thrown away for an error.

Losing pitcher Madeline Reed averted further damage when — with the bases loaded — she induced Wawroski to fly out to right to end the inning.

Alex Luxardo collected an RBI single in the third and Fry added a run-scoring single to up the lead to 5-0 in the third as the Panthers rode Wawroski’s pitching and solid defense to move into the District 4 championship game while also securing a state berth.

The Eagles (12-10) averted being shut out in the seventh when Joelle Snyder reached on an error and moved to second on the play while Bre Boyer drove in the run with a grounder to third base.

Alex Luxardo, one of three triplets playing for the Panthers, led the winners with three singles while Dom Luxardo and Wawroski both contributed two singles.

“We made some spectacular plays in the field,” Taraschuk said. “But not enough of the routine ones (the Eagles were guilty of four errors in the loss). Their speed also hurt us and give their players credit: They really busted it coming out of the batter’s box.

“No one seems to remember if the softball program ever won two games in the postseason and that was big for us and we have the memory of making it to the semifinal round.”

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