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Lingenfelter, Ishman combine for 1-hitter, Punxsy stays alive at states

July 11, 2012

Punxsy 11- and 12-year-old All-Star Kylee Lingenfelter rocks to deliver a pitch during the opening game of the Little League Softball State Championship Tournament Tuesday in State College. Lingenfelter threw four shutout innings Wednesday evening and combined with Alli Ishman to pitch a one-hitter in Punxsy's 2-0 win over Mifflin County. (Photo by Zak Lantz of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

STATE COLLEGE — Punxsy starter Alli Ishman and reliever Kylee Lingenfelter combined to throw a one-hitter, and Punxsy downed Mifflin County 2-0 under the lights Wednesday evening to stay in the hunt to advance to the semi-finals of the Little League Softball State Championship Tournament.

Ishman pitched the first two innings before being lifted with the pitching rules stating that once she threw a pitch in the third inning, she would require a full day's rest.

She struck out two and forced a groundout to get out of the first unscathed, and in the second, she allowed two baserunners on a walk and an error, but managed to pitch out of that jam, as well.

Punxsy's first baserunner came in the bottom of the first, when leadoff hitter Tessa Winebark walked, but she was caught in a pickle after a Morgan VanLeer groundout, and Punxsy went scoreless in the first.

Mifflin County blanked Punxsy in the second, as well, despite a single by Ishman and a Kim Shoemaker walk.

Lingenfelter came on in the third and set down Mifflin County in order, and Punxsy finally broke open the shutout in the bottom half of the third with one run.

It was Lingenfelter who scored it, as she reached safely on an error, and after she advanced to third, she managed to score on a putout by the first baseman off the bat of Alli Lunger — a run that would prove to be the game-winner.

Punxsy threatened again in the bottom of the fourth, with Morgan Adamson reaching base by legging out a two-out infield single.

Adamson advanced to second base on a passed ball, but she was stranded there, keeping Punxsy's lead at one run.

In the fifth, Lingenfelter took the mound, making her ineligible for Thursday's game, and Punxsy stuck with her the rest of the way.

Lingenfetler struck out a pair in the fifth — giving her a total of four Ks —and catcher Danielle Bowser retired the third in between the two strikeouts with a nice play on a pop up.

Punxsy added an insurance run in the home half of the fifth with two outs, after Lingenfelter popped out to third and Winebark was retired on a 4-3 putout.

VanLeer singled to start the two-out rally, and Alli Lunger reached on an error, putting runners at first and third.

Ishman came through in the clutch with an RBI single to center to give Punxsy the two-run edge.

Lingenfelter finished off the game despite allowing a single and a walk in the top of the sixth, and VanLeer threw on to first to end the game on a 4-3 putout.

Punxsy plays Minersville today at 3 p.m. with a chance to advance to the final four.

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