If you ask Tyrone softball head coach Doug Myers, something may have clicked for his team after last weekend’s doubleheader split with Penns Valley. The Lady Eagles have been playing their best softball of the season ever since that day.
On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles put together a dominating win as the offense pounded 12 hits and pitcher Maci Lingenfelter tossed a two-hitter and flirted with a perfect game in Tyrone’s 12-1 victory in five innings at the Harry K. Sickler Complex.
“That’s three games in a row we’ve played pretty well,” said Myers. “Even our second game against Penns Valley (a 14-9 loss), we played pretty well. I think we’re hitting a pretty good stride here. We’re starting to get some confidence. I see a whole different attitude now. It just tells us if we put everything together, we can beat good teams.”
The Lady Eagles improved to 5-7 on the season, thanks to a big rally in the third inning and the pitching of Lingenfelter.
The sophomore retired her first 11 batters before allowing Central’s only run of the game on a solo homer from Lacey Lynn. Lingenfelter allowed just one more hit the rest of the way in the five-inning victory.
“She was phenomenal. She was working ahead in the count. That was just tremendous,” said Myers. “She had great command of her pitches. She does exactly what we ask her to do. If she can get them to hit the ball and we play defense, she’s tough to beat.”
Tyrone only had one baserunner in the first two innings with an Allison Beeman base hit, but exploded for nine runs in the third inning.
With the bases loaded and one out, Beth Pearson cleared the bases with a gapper for a double to give Tyrone a 3-0 lead. Ella Pearson followed with a two-run homer to left field to extend the Lady Eagle lead.
Maecy Tuskovich and Emma Dibert had RBI singles in the frame, while Lingenfelter helped herself with a two-run single to give Tyrone a 9-0 lead.
The Pearsons led off the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back doubles. Tyrone added two more runs in the inning to take a 12-1 lead.
Lingenfelter allowed a single and a walk in the top of the fifth, but finished the game with a strikeout.
Tyrone is back in action on Thursday as they host Huntingdon for Senior Day.
Tyrone 12, Central 1, 5 inningsCentral — 1 Kennedy cf-p 2000, Hazenstab ss 2000, Lynn c 2111, Renner 2b 2000, Benfar 1b 2010, Stock 3b 2000, Dodson lf 2000, Daugherty p-cf 1000, Dilling rf 2000. Totals: 17-1-2-1.
Tyrone — 12 M. Brodzina ss 2100, B. Pearson c 3223, E. Pearson 2b 3223, Beeman dp 3230, Reese cf 2100, M. Tuskovich 1b 2111, Lingenfelter p 2112, K. Brodzina ph 1000, Rockwell rf 1100, T. Tuskovich ph 1011, Dibert 3b 3121, Diebold (flex) lf 0000. Totals: 23-12-12-11.
Score by Innings Central 000 10 — 1 2 1 Tyrone 009 3x — 12 12 0 Errors: Renner. LOB: Central 2, Tyrone 3. DP: Central 1. 2B: B. Pearson 2, E. Pearson, M. Tuskovich. HR: Lynn (Solo, 4th inning); E. Pearson (1 on, 3rd inning). SB: T. Tuskovich, Rockwell. HBP: M. Brodzina (by Daugherty), Reese (by Daugherty).
PitchingCentral: Daugherty — 2 1/3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO; Kennedy — 1 2/3