By Kenny Varner
HIGHLAND PARK- Two teams on a collision course met Tuesday as the Central Mountain softball team traveled to play a spunky MIfflin County team with winning streaks on the line.
The Huskies came in with a 3-game win streak while the Rams had 5-plus. Highlighted by a tough win over Penn Manor on Monday.
It was a close back and forth contest but a 4-run fourth inning by Central Dauphin paved the way as the Rams took home the 10-5 victory.
Mifflin County hung tough and stayed within striking distance late but it wouldn’t be enough.
“There were a lot of positives and negatives. The negatives were that we made some base running errors and defensive miscues,” said MIfflin County manager Craig Weston. “The positives were we didn’t quit. We kept battling back until the last out. In the last inning we had a chance there at the end with the bases loaded. That’s one thing about this team, they won’t quit. I’m proud of them for that.”
Taking the win for the Lady Rams was Bre Lock. Mifflin County’s Madison Wolfgang took the loss.
Things started well for the Huskies to start.
After a 1-run first inning by the Rams, MIfflin County took the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Wolfgang led off the inning with a single.
Arika Henry hustled out a soft grounder to shortstop, putting runners on first and second.
With one out, Dakota Hershberger roped a double, scoring Wolfgang, tying it at one.
Alexis O’Brien scored Henry on a fielders choice, giving the Huskies the 2-1 advantage.
After a scoreless third, the Rams battled back to take the lead.
Maddie Paul led off the top of the third. Teammate Meg Fisher followed with a walk of her own.
With one swing of the bat by Emma Wonsick, the Rams jumped to a 4-2 advantage as she blasted a shot that just cleared the fence and the glove of a jumping Henry.
The score would remain that way until the top of the fifth when Central Dauphin added to its lead.
A 4-run fifth, put the Huskies behind 8-2.
Back battled the Huskies in the bottom of the inning as they got two of their own.
With one out, Henry was on first base after hitting into a fielders choice.
Payton McClure hustled out a mouse by the Rams shortstop, putting runners on the corners.
Hershberger roped a shot that took a bad hop and off the shortstop and into centerfield, scoring Henry.
On the play, McClure tried to advance to third but was gunned down by a perfect throw, leaving Hersberger on second base by herself.
She didn’t stay there long as Riley blasted a double into center, making it an 8-4 contest.
Both teams notched runs in the sixth.
In the seventh, the Rams added another run to put their lead to 10-5.
The Huskies tried to rally as they got the bases loaded but wasn’t able to get over the hump, falling 10-5.
Central Dauphin 10, MIfflin County 5
CD 103 041 1 – 10 12 3
MC 200 021 0 – 5 9 1
WP: Bre Lock
LP: Madison Wolfgang
Multiple hitters: Central Dauphin – Kasi Loser 2-for-4, 2runs, Meg Fisher 2-for-3 2Runs, RBI, Emma Wonsick 3-for-5 5RBIs,run. Mifflin County – Arika Henry 2-for-4, 2runs,RBI, Riley Hine 2-for-3 RBI.
HR: Central Dauphin- Wonsick. Mifflin County – None.
2B: MIfflin County – Dakota Hershberger, Hine. Central Dauphin – Wonsick (2).