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PUNXSUTAWNEY â€” Alli Ishman was on point all game long, and the Punxsy Little League softball All-Stars cruised to a tournament-opening 15-0 victory in four innings over Brockway Thursday night at Harry Noerr Field in Punxsutawney.
Ishman was dominant, striking out the first five batters she faced and throwing a one-hitter. Ishman was one out away from a no-hitter when Anndi Bartlett hit a liner in the hole that glanced off a reaching Punxsy third baseman Brayden Woodrow. Ishman then retired Savannah Terwilliger to end the game.
Ishman struck out seven during the complete-game effort, as Brockway never hit the ball out of the infield. Brockway was limited to just two base runners, as Ishman walked Ally Buesink during the second inning.
"She had a great game," Punxsy manager Carl Medsger said. "When you have pitching like that, it's not hard to win, that's for sure."
Punxsy now has a day off before it heads to DuBois for a game that starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. DuBois is coming off a 14-2 victory Thursday in St. Marys.
Medsger expects Ishman to once again toe the rubber for Saturday's game.
"With that performance there, I don't think there's any reason to change," he said.
While Ishman kept Brockway's offense quiet, Punxsy constantly scored. Punxsy scored at least two runs during every inning, including six in the fourth inning and five in the second inning.
Punxsy was aggressive on the base paths, almost always trying to score from third on a wild pitch and stealing second base whenever possible.
"That was our plan, especially if we couldn't hit," Medsger said. "At times, we struggled a little bit with the hitting. We manufactured some runs. You're going to have to take advantage of everything you're going to get."
Punxsy totaled three hits off Brockway pitchers Kacie Raybuck and Buesink. Raybuck was tagged with the loss after she allowed seven runs on two hits with 10 walks during two innings.
The hits came from Ishman, who hit an RBI triple in the first inning and a two-run single in the fourth inning, and Tessa Winebark, who ripped a two-run single in the second inning.
Ishman went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Winebark was 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a run.
Alli Lunger scored a game-high four runs, and Kerstin Nestel, McKenzie Atcheson and Jordyn Powell scored twice apiece.
Kim Shoemaker walked twice â€” once to bring in a run â€” and scored a run. Atcheson also walked in a run, and a run scored on a ground ball hit by Powell, who tallied an RBI on the play.
Brockway recorded two double plays, and Morgan Adamson was thrown out at home during the second inning.
Brockway's Carlee Hidinger tried to bunt her way on base with one out in the fourth inning, but a strong play by Atcheson, Punxsy's catcher, negated the hit attempt.
"I'm just very proud of the girls. We've had a lot of fun, and even the girls that were substitutes were in there cheering and having a grand old time," Medsger said. "We had a good time and a good win."
Brockway dropped to the losers' bracket, where it hosts Brookville at 4 p.m. Saturday. In the other losers' bracket game, Reynoldsville/Sykesville hosts St. Marys at 4 p.m. Saturday. The winners of those games play each other in the losers' bracket semifinal Sunday.View more articles in: