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Bacha, Cameron combine for perfect game to down Lady Owls

April 25, 2012

In this April 16 photo, Punxsy's Ashley Bacha delivers a pitch during the Lady Chucks' victory over Hollidaysburg. Wednesday, Bacha and Monica Cameron combined to pitch a perfect game in a four-inning, 18-0 win over the Lady Owls in Bradford. (Photo by Zak Lantz of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

BRADFORD — With a two-hour-plus bus ride to Bradford, the Lady Chucks softball team headed north Wednesday evening and made the trip well worth it, as pitchers Ashley Bacha and Monica Cameron combined to pitch a perfect game in Punxsy'a 18-0, four-inning win.

Bacha pitched the first three innings to earn the win, striking out all nine batters she faced, and Cameron pitched the final inning in relief, striking out one to preserve the perfect game.

"It's nice to have a solid performance like that," Punxsy head coach Alan Pifer said. "We could have left Ash in the whole way, but we wanted to get Monica some work. She hadn't pitched at the varsity level yet this year, and she did a great job, too. Ashley was definitely in control. She and Randa (Depp) have pitched very well for us all year."

Johnna Depp provided the greatest spark for Punxsy's potent offense, going perfect from the plate — 3-for-3 — with a single, a double and a home run, putting her just a triple short of the cycle.

Depp added four RBIs to her already- impressive stat line to round it out.

Bacha also helped her own winning cause with a 3-for-4 outing with three RBIs of her own. One of her hits was a double.

Janie Depp-Hutchinson also showed some pop in her bat with a 3-for-5 outing, which included two RBIs and a pair of doubles.

Chelsea Engeholm and Mary Sloniger each had two hits, as well, with one of Engeholm's being a double.

Lauren Ball and Sydney Phillips added doubles to the offensive totals, and Randa Depp, Ashley Walls and Savanna Hallman each added hits to round out the 18-hit affair — something Pifer was glad to see with the way his team's bats had been struggling of late.

"We needed that," he said. "We've kind of been in the doldrums with our hitting the past couple games, and tonight, the bats came alive. Hopefully, it gives the girls some confidence. We have Curwensville coming up Friday and then St. Marys Tuesday. We hope this is a game that gives us a jump start."

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