The JVs do it again: Punxsy downs State College, 8-1

PUNXSUTAWNEY — While the varsity squad dropped a heart-breaking game to the Little Lions of State College Friday, the JV team continued to roll with an 8-1 victory over the same foe.

Punxsy pitchers Sarah London and Lauren Wolfe tag teamed the pitching effort, with London pitching the first four and Wolfe closing out the game.

London allowed just one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out three, and Wolfe allowed one hit in her three shutout innings. She struck out one and walked one.

"Sarah had all her pitches working and kept them off balance, and our defense gave her terrific support," Punxsy head coach Phil Mennitti said. "The defense prevented them from getting anything going offensively. Sarah could have made it the whole game, but we wanted a good look at Lauren, as well. She sealed the deal for us, and she didn't disappoint."

Punxsy's offensive attack was a diverse one, with eight different players recording hits and seven different players scoring.

Kara St. Clair was the first Punxsy player to score, stealing two bases in the first inning en route to giving Punxsy a 1-0 lead.

Two Lady Chucks — Lexxi Cielo and Emily Horner — had a pair of hits, while Cielo was the only Punxsy player to score twice.

Mennitti said Cielo was injured in the first inning, but played through it to stay in the game and ended up stealing two bases and throwing out three runners attempting to steal against her squad.

Shania DeFoor's third-inning double was the only extra-base hit the Lady Chucks had Friday, and Mennitti said she contributed in the field, as well.

"Shania recorded four outs at third base in the first two innings, and then she doubled, stole a base and scored in the second inning," he said.

Five other Lady Chucks — Alyssa Reitz, London, Wolfe, Ashley Reitz and Ivy Phillips — also recorded hits.

Ellie Frey was State College's leading offensive producer, nabbing three of her team's five hits. One of her hits was a sixth-inning double.

Rachael Boyer scored the Little Lions' only run in the fourth after reaching on an error. The next three State College hitters singled to plate her.

Despite a busy week for the varsity team, the JVs have a long week off before traveling to Curwensville next Friday.

"These girls have been working very hard, and they're being rewarded with the weekend off for some much needed rest and relaxation," Mennitti said.