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April 24, 2014

H.S. softball: Mifflinburg's offense too much for Shikellamy

SUNBURY — It’s no question that Mifflinburg is one of the top hitting softball teams in the area.

However, Monday the Wildcats were stymied by Milton pitcher Taylor Batman.

While the Mifflinburg bats bounced back a bit in a game that needs to be finished against Jersey Shore Tuesday, Mifflinburg coach Steve Ross still wasn’t quite satisfied with his offense before Thursday’s Heartland Athletic Conference Division I contest with Shikellamy.

“What we did on defense this week was fine and we even hit the ball pretty well again against Jersey Shore (Tuesday),” Ross said. “But I just wasn’t quite satisfied with our bats. Last night at practice, that’s all we did was hit. We kept telling them until you get two strikes look for your pitch to hit.”

Mifflinburg took advantage of that extra practice, pounding out 15 hits in a 20-1 five-inning win over the Braves at John O. Long Field.

“I don’t know what it was (Monday) against Milton, but our bats were right on,” Ross said.

Kayla Kline knocked in four runs, including a two-run homer in the second inning, while the Wildcats’ (10-2 overall, 6-2 HAC-I) No. 8 and No 9 hitters — Kylie Kuhns and Emily Stauffer — combined for four hits, five runs and 5 RBIs.

Mifflinburg jumped on the Braves right from the start as Kline tripled on the first pitch of the game and scored on the fourth pitch of the game — a single by McKenzie Noll. Sara Stauffer then doubled to score Noll. MacKenzie Kyler capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to give Mifflinburg a 3-0 lead.

The Wildcats added two more runs in the second when Emily Stauffer beat out a bunt single and Kline, who fouled off six straight pitches, then homered on the seventh pitch for a 5-0 advantage.

Hannah Boop allowed only one run for the Wildcats, striking out six and not walking a batter until there were two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

Mifflinburg broke the game open with seven runs in the third inning. After an error and a walk, Molly Davis doubled home a run. After a walk loaded the bases, Kuhns followed with a two-run single to give Mifflinburg an 8-0 lead, Stauffer followed with an RBI-single, while Kline added an RBI-groundout. Stauffer capped the scoring with a sacrific fly.

Shikellamy got on the board in the fourth inning. Bri Yarger reached on an error after an out and Balee Leeser singled to put runners on the corners. Emily Krick then singled home the Braves’ run.

Mifflinburg just kept hitting, adding seven more runs in the fifth. Kylie Kuhns, Emily Stauffer, Kline, Morgan Kyler, Madison Machamer, Davis and Margaret Wiand all had RBIs for the Wildcats in the fifth.

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