CATAWISSA RR — Southern Columbia did not get many hits, but flew all over the base paths in its 19-0 rout against visiting Sugar Valley, Friday afternoon.
Southern jumped out to a big lead in the first inning and made sure to take advantage of the defense behind Phoenix starting pitcher Carleigh Matter.
With one out in the bottom half of the first frame, Alyssa Barnes would reach on a walk, made it to second on a wild pitch and stole third.
Barnes would dart home after a two-out base knock from Jayme Petro, making it Tigers 1, Phoenix 0.
The disastrous inning continued for Sugar Valley when Avery Konyar reached on an error and Hannah Hopper followed with a single. Then, left fielder Madison Colella connected for a single and Myranda Malacusky walked.
Second baseman Mia Esposito put the icing on the cake with a two-run single, giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead heading into the second as Hopper and Colella trotted home.
The scoring outburst resumed in the second inning as the Tigers sent 18 batters to the plate and poured in 14 runs. Southern also added more walks to the stat sheet and had a total of 12 in the game.
“The focus and staying in it the whole game. Just doing the basics very well was a goal of our’s today. We executed that today as well,” Southern head coach Jenn Rarig said about her team’s performance against the Phoenix.
SCA starting pitcher Kate Waltman had one of the five hits in the frame when she punched a single through the infield, which sent two runners home.
Waltman also had two of the Tigers’ five steals in the contest. After she began the second stanza with a walk, Southern’s ace took second and then zipped to third with a relentless pursuit that could not be contained.
Waltman also held Sugar Valley scoreless through three innings and got out of a first-inning, bases-loaded jam by getting a called third strike on Katlyn Lightcap.
“I think she did very well. We’re trying to be more efficient with our pitches. We have two really talented pitchers, both freshmen. Every game we’re trying to improve,” Rarig added about her starting pitcher.