Juniata Valley got off to a good start against ICC North unbeaten Glendale during Thursday afternoon’s contest in Flinton. However, it didn’t take long for the Vikings to respond and rolled to a 12-2 victory in five innings.
Glendale pitcher Madison Peterson scattered just four hits on the afternoon, while striking out five and walking one in the winning effort. Green Hornet pitchers Megan Belinda and Makenna Hartman combined to give up nine hits.
The loss dropped Juniata Valley to 11-4 overall and 11-2 in the ICC North, including a 7-6 home loss to the Vikings on May 2nd. Glendale improved to 14-1 overall and an 11-0 mark in the circuit.
“It just wasn’t cohesive tonight, the rhythm wasn’t there,” commented Hornet head coach Stan Belinda. “Peterson is an outstanding pitcher with a lot of different pitches and did a good job keeping us off balance. Megan got a lot of ground balls early, but we weren’t making the outs. Things just weren’t lining up today.”
Ava Allison opened the game with a base hit and Taryn Stewart followed by getting on base off an error to set the stage for Makenzie Houck’s two-run base hit to give the Hornets the early advantage.
However, Glendale answered back in the home half of the inning with four hits, including an Abigail Williams two-run single to help give the Vikings a 5-2 lead. Riley Best belted a lead-off home run in the second frame and Alyson Buterbaugh followed later in the inning with a two-run home run to help push Glendale’s lead to 10-2.
Hartman had a lead-off double for the Hornets in the top of the second, but two strike outs and a line out left her stranded. Juniata Valley also had runners at first and third in the fourth before a ground out ended the inning.
Glendale took advantage of a pair of two-out errors to plate a run in the fourth. Peterson doubled in the fifth and scored on Kelly Kasaback’s base hit to bring the game to a close on the 10-run mercy rule.
Juniata Valley closes its ICC North schedule this afternoon at Mount Union.