Lightning strikes at Holding Point
At Holding Point Complex in Horseheads, N.Y. over the weekend the Lady Lightning 12U girls captured their first tournament championship Sunday, winning the Memorial Day Mayhem by mercy-ruling the Lady Rebels 9-1 after the sixth inning of the title game.
However, it wasn't easy as Lightning ace Hannah Dum struggled with her control in the first inning of the semifinal against the Horseheads Blue Heat. The Heat jumped out to an early 3-0 lead when Megan Brown was called upon to stop the bleeding. Brown hurled seven scoreless innings of not only the semifinal win, 5-3 over the Heat, but only gave up an unearned run in six more innings over the Rebels. She continually kept the strong hitting Rebels off balance with just 7 and 3 pitch innings consecutively in the 5th and 6th innings and wiped their offense away with just 65 pitches in the final.
Annie Williams led off the bottom of the first blooping a lead off double down the left field line. After reaching third on a passed ball Justine Vargason stroked a sacrifice fly to center for Williams to strike for the Lightning's 1-0 lead. Sierra Cazassa roped a single to left to start the second inning and quickly used her wheels to take second where Brown helped her own cause smacking an RBI-single to left for the 2-0 lead. A three-run third was highlighted by Dum's RBI-double and Sydney Schoonover's grounder to second got away from the second basemen for two more pushing the lead to 5-0.
The Rebels rallied for a run in the top half of the fourth to move within 5-1, but a smashing triple by Rachael Bair in the fifth led to another run and the Lightning put the game away with three more in the sixth when Bair laced her second triple to bring home Katie Boardman and Dum whom both lined singles along with Williams for the 9-1 championship victory.
Boardman and McKenna Wheaton finished 8 of 15 on the weekend while Vargason was 6 of 14. Williams stroked 5 hits, while Dum had 3. Brown and Bair picked up a pair each. Madi Doss, Cortney Ritts, Cearra McLinko, Vanessa Wesneski, Schoonover and Cazassa all had hits.
Brown was filthy on the mound on Sunday recording both wins pitching a combined 13 innings and yielding just one unearned run in the final. She logged 10 strikeouts and gave up just two free passes while picking up a one-hitter in the semifinal win and a two-hitter in the final.
The Lightning travel to Lewistown this weekend to play pool play in Belleville on Saturday. The team is comprised of seven girls from Towanda, five from Northeast Bradford and one from Canton.