The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Milton Region

March 28, 2013

H.S. softball: Brink's grounder gives Milton season-opening win


Milton took the lead early in the third inning thanks to some clutch hitting. After MacKenna Miller grounded out and Lincoln popped out, the Black Panthers then rattled off five consecutive hits with two outs as Adams, Linea Brouse (2-for-3), Bayli Derr (3-4, double), Bethany Brennan and Gensel (2-3) all connected.

The offensive spurt drove in four runs to give Milton the 6-4 lead.

Danville responded by scoring six runs through the fourth and fifth innings in which it sent 16 batters to the plate. The Ironmen had 24 total batters between the third and fifth.

It was during the fourth inning that Keefer made a pitching change, putting Lincoln -- a freshman pitcher -- in the circle to throw for Taylor Batman.

"Our girls are very patient. We made the girls pitch and when they did get one over, we hit it," Heeter said. "We made some mistakes. (Milton) can hit the ball, though; that's a tough team. You have to play every out. They just came right back on us and we let some things get away from us." And hit the ball Milton did, collecting 13 in the win.

Lincoln struggled a bit initially, walking three straight runners home before getting control late in the game when it got close. It was that pitching switch that gave Danville some room to make a move.

"I didn't want either one of them (Lincoln, Batman) throwing an over abundance of pitches. (Lincoln) was a little nervous and couldn't get the ball over the plate for awhile, then we missed the ball at third base there and it just snowballed after that," Keefer said. "She settled down. She threw the last two innings real well (and) didn't give up a run the last two innings. Just a matter of settling down and throwing the ball for strikes."

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