PUNXSUTAWNEY – One day after having its 10-game winning streak snapped by State College, Punxsutawney rebounded with a come-from-behind 6-3 victory over Clearfield in scholastic girls softball action Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Chucks scored five runs in the fifth inning to pull out their 12th win in 14 games. Their other loss was back on March 29 when Mandy Rowles bested Brooke Callen 2-0 in the Lady Bisons\’ opener.
The rematch went to Callen, who gave up 10 hits but posted her fifth victory when the Lady Chucks parlayed three of their six hits off Rowles with a walk, a passed ball on a strikeout and a mental error on a two-out grounder into their big rally.
After Tiffany DuPont received the free pass and Lauren Martino singled, Nicole Cappella drove them in with a single that tied the score 3-3. An errant throw from the outfield enabled Cappella to move into scoring position, and Callen delivered the game-winning hit. Allie Miller reached base when her third strike was not caught. Ground balls by Noelle Janocha and Samantha Reitz chased home the insurance runs.
Clearfield, now 6-7, had nicked Callen for two runs in the first inning on Alanna Luzier\’s single, Nikki Collins\’ RBI-double to right center and Brittany Pataky\’s drive to right that was dropped.
Doubles by Callen and Janocha broke up Rowles\’ shutout in the fourth, but the Lady Bisons got that run back on a single by Ashley Lias, a wild pitch and a single by Pataky in the top of the fifth.
Punxsy then retaliated to tag the Lady Bisons\’ with their first loss of the season by more than one run. Only three of the runs Rowles allowed were earned
Luzier, Lias, Collins and Julie Colesar had two hits apiece for Clearfield, which stranded eight runners and was guilty of six errors.
The Lady Bisons host Bald Eagle Area today and St. Marys Thursday and visit Bellefonte Friday.
CLEARFIELD — 3
Alanna Luzier 2b 4120, Ashley Lias cf 3120, Nikki Collins ss 4121, Mandy Rowles p 3000, Brittany Pataky 1b 3011, Alyssa Anderson rf 3000, Julie Colesar lf 3020, Megan Butler 3b 3010, Kenzie McGovern c 3000. TOTALS: 29 3 10 2.
PUNXSUTAWNEY — 6
Tiffany DuPont ss 3110, Katie Baun 2b 2000, Lauren Martino 3b 4110, Nicole Cappella c 4112, Brooke Callen p 4221, Allie Miller lf 3100, Tina Elgin lf 0000, Noelle Janocha rf 3012, Samantha Reitz 3001, Angie Burke pr 0000, Kelsey McFarland dp 3000, Jessica Slagle (flex) cf 0000. TOTALS: 29 6 6 6.
Score by Innings
Clearfield 200 010 0 – 3 10 6
Punxsutawney 000 150 x – 6 6 1
Errors – Lias, Collins, Colesar, Butler 3; Janocha. DP – Punxsutawney 1 (Callen to Reitz). LOB – Clearfield 8; Punxsutawney 8. 2B – Collins; Callen, Janocha. Sac – Lias; Baun. SB – Miller, Burke.
Clearfield – Rowles 6 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Punxsutawney – Callen 7 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
WP – Rowles 1; Callen 1.
W – Callen(5-1). L – Rowles (4-6).