STATE COLLEGE – What a difference a day makes.
After falling to Clymer in their first meeting of regional action, State College went back to the basics and combined a strong defense with an opportunistic offense to even the series at One, winning 3-1 at Sichler field.
Offensively, Brooklyn Reed had a perfect day, going 3-for-3.
Other Little Lady Lions picking up clutch hits were Ryleigh Lintal (1-for-3, 2RBIs, triple), Chloe Kight (1-for-1) and Cora High.
On the mound, Calysta Steffie had total control of the hitters as she had her stuff hitting the strike zone with optimal precision, striking out 11, with no earned run and scattered just four hits in the game.
Once again, the Comeback Kids had to battle back from a 1-0 deficit to outscore Clymer 3-0 in the final two innings.
Clymer started right off the bat, notching a run on a stolen base, making it a 1-0 contest.
Reed started off the game for State College roping a hit. She was able to steal second and third before being stranded.
After sending the Clymer offense down in the second, Kight notched her hit of the game.
In the third, catcher Lintal cut down Alyssa Houser starting to steal second after poking a single.
In the bottom of inning, Reed made it 2-for-2 blasting a hit to left for her second hit.
State College would tie the game in the fourth.
With two outs, Milana Lowe reached base to lead off the inning.
She would work her way around the base paths and tied the game when stealing home.
In the Fifth, Clymer tried to get something going but Steffie was able to put out the fire.
Izzy Cooper singled and then proceeded to steal second and third but Steffie was able to strike out the next three batters, keeping the game at 1-1.
State College was cool under pressure as they went into the bottom of the fifth.
Cora High singled to third. Reed joined her on base as she blasted another hit into left, putting runners on first and second. The duo moved up a base on a crucially successful Double steal.
That would sent the stage for Lintal as she hammered a triple, scoring two.
With a two run advantage, that would be enough of a vision for Steffie and company as they kept Clymer at bay, striking out two of three en route to the victory.