Southern Huntingdon came out swinging and scoring runs during Tuesday’s home Inter-County Conference South Division game against Tussey Mountain. The Rockets (3-0, 3-0 ICC) built a four-run advantage through five and one-half innings, but brought the game to a close on the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth after Carlee Leidy blasted a three-run home run to cap a 13-3 Southern Huntingdon win.
Hattie Flood picked up her second victory of the season after striking out five and allowing just four hits in the contest. Tussey’s Alayna Clark surrendered 12 hits on the afternoon, including six for extra bases.
C. Leidy finished with three hits and three RBI, while crossing the plate four times. Callie Garlock and Majerle North followed with a pair of hits apiece, including a triple by North in the second inning. Karly Lucko had two of the Titans’ hits and scored two of the runs.
“Clark pitched a good game for Tussey and I was pleased the way we were hitting her,” commented Rocket head coach Terri Lessley. “Hattie also did a nice job of moving the ball around and keeping Tussey (1-1, 1-1 ICC) off guard. we are just having a tough time finding a rhythm with only playing one game a week. This game was good to get us ready for tomorrow, but then we don’t play again till next Tuesday. I just think once we get playing more, we are going to see more of the things we have been teaching the team.”
A throwing error and a two-run base hit from Kenadee Doyle gave the Rockets a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Majerle North tripled and then scored off a Lauren Hartman sacrifice fly in the second and a wild pitch in the third put Southern Huntingdon up 5-0.
Clark scored Lucko with a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth to put the Titans on the scoreboard. However, another wild pitch plated a Rocket run in the bottom of the frame and then a fielder’s choice in the fifth set the score at 7-1.
Tussey Mountain got two of those runs back in the sixth when Nathalie Musser plated Lucko on a sacrifice fly and then a throwing error at first scored Clark. But, doubles by Morgan Fraker and Alivia Irvin set the stage for C. Leidy’s game-ending blast in the bottom of the sixth.
“Southern has a good program, but after the first few innings, we were holding our own,” noted Titan coach Kevin Reed. “First time through the line up, Flood kept us off balance, but we did start hitting her and putting the ball in play. We had times tonight where we just threw the ball around and had mental mistakes we can work on. I was happy with the way we adjusted through the game.”
Southern Huntingdon travels to Penns valley this afternoon, while Tussey Mountain is home Thursday for Forbes Road.