Photos by Bob Hockenbrock
COCOLAMUS – Defensive struggles carried Susquenita over the East Juniata Tigers by the final score of 8-0 in a Tri-Valley League softball game on Tuesday.
The game was 1-0 Susquenita heading into the top of the fourth inning where things began to unravel for the East Juniata defense. The Tigers committed a total of six errors for the game, three of those came in this inning and the Blackhawks took advantage of the situation.
Susquenita dropped seven runs in the frame and went through the lineup once. Shelby Wenrich dropped a bunt and reached on a fielder’s choice as the Tigers failed to get Lily Feltenberger out at home plate. Paige Brouse then reached base on an error at second before a single to right center by Tierney Steumpfle that brought home Wenrick. Esther Feltenberger then smacked the ball to left field that ended up being dropped and allowed Brouse and Steumpfle. Elaina Gates then singled to left scoring both Esther Feltenberger and Rylee Swailes. Lily Feltenberger then doubled to left that brought home Gates.
But despite that, the Tigers did have some big time plays defensively throughout the game. The first big play came in the top of the first inning where Hilary Kreiger was at third base and one out. Lily Feltenberger flew out to centerfielder Annika Martin who saw Kreiger running to home plate and launched a rocket all the way to catcher Erin Sheaffer who then proceeded to tag out Kreiger to end the inning on a double play.
Sheaffer threw out Katie Sands in the top of the second inning. Then in the top of the seventh, Brouse blasted a line shot that went right to the glove of Macy Buskey who then threw out Wenrich to end the frame on a unassisted double play.
East Juniata has an many hits in the game as did the Blackhawks with nine total hits. But the Tigers struggled to get the hits needed to get the runs on the board.
In the bottom of the first, The Tigers had runners on second and third and only one out. But Susquenita pitcher Ayahna Fleisher Ryley Dressler to ground out to ground out to short and Buskey to strikeout to get out of the jam. Another opportunity came in the bottom of the fifth with the bases loaded but there were two outs. Fleisher got Brenna Watts to ground out to short and leave the runners stranded.
Sheaffer led the Tigers at the plate going 3-for-4 while Watts went 2-for-4 at the plate including a double.
Watts went all seven innings in the circle for the Tigers and collected herself three strikeouts. Her counter part Fleisher also went all seven innings and had five strikeouts.
Congratulations to seniors Lexie Stuck and Becca Dietz.
East Juniata (7-9, 5-9) travels to face Muncy today.
Susquenita 8, East Juniata 0
Susquenita 010 700 0 8-9-1
East Juniata 000 000 0 0-9-6
WP: Ayahna Fleisher. LP: Brenna Watts. SO: Fleisher 5 (S); Watts 3 (EJ). 2B: Lily Feltenberger (S); Watts (EJ). MH: Hillary Kreiger 2-4, L.Feltenberger 2-4, Shelby Wenrich 2-4 (S); Erin Sheaffer 3-4, Watts 2-4 (EJ). RBI: L.Feltenberger, Wenrich, Tiernet Steumpfle (S).