The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 3, 2013

H.S. softball: Warrior Run, Greenwood prepare for state tournament


On the year, Parker is the Valley's only pitcher with over 200 strikeouts -- entering states with 251. Warrior Run's all-time strikeout leader is just 10 shy of 900 for her illustrious career.

After last year, the Defenders are more than excited to play in the state tournament again.

"The girls, I'm sure they're going to kick it up a notch," coach Garth Watson said after the 2-0 win over Loyalsock. "They have a goal set and, at this point, they've really proven that they want to fulfill that."

While everyone knows how talented the Defenders are this year, one team that perhaps gets overlooked by opponents is Greenwood .

The Wildcats (8-11) got into the Class A playoffs due to the District 3 points system for playoff berths, putting them in the tournament with a 6-11 record.

Greenwood topped Upper Dauphin in the district semifinals, a team they lost to twice in the regular season, before routing Millersburg in a District 3 Class A final rematch from last year, 13-3, to earn a berth in the PIAA state tournament.

The Wildcats face the District 5 champion, Hyndman Charter, today at Everett Area High School at 4 p.m. in the first round of the Class A playoffs.

Brooke Louden has come around pitching-wise for Greenwood this year and was solid in the District 3 playoffs. And despite having a drop-off record-wise this season after going 14-5 last year, Louden knows that some people overlook the Wildcats simply because of their record.

"I think that definitely happened a lot (this year)," Louden said after the win over Upper Dauphin in the district semifinals.

Fortunately for the Wildcats, their record is not indicative of the quality softball they play.

Sophomore Amy Heggenstaller was named to the Tri-Valley League first team all-star squad, the only Greenwood player to earn the honor, while Katie Osborne was named second team.

Heggenstaller has been solid offensively for Greenwood this year, leading the team in hits.

Greenwood reached the PIAA Class A state semifinals last season, losing to Southern Columbia, and that success at the state level is something the Wildcats want to capture again.

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