The Lehigh Valley softball team split their games on Monday in the opening rounds of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Lehigh Valley started the day with a 12-6 victory over Philadelphia Public Schools. In the afternoon, Lehigh Valley fell to Berks County by a score of 11-2.
Against the Philly Public Schools, Lehigh Valley pitchers Sara Schraden (Allen) and Erin Wilson (Liberty) combined for 10 strikeouts in route to the win.
Liberty's Dior George was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Emmaus' Jessica Light went 1-for-3 with a run and three RBIs. Nazareth's Megan Hull was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs while Southern Lehigh's Corrine Ozanne was 1-for-2 with a run and two-run triple.
In all, Lehigh Valley pounded out 13 hits and jumped out a 5-1 lead after two innings. Philly cut it to 5-3 after three innings, but LV scored seven more times over the final three innings, including putting the game away with a five-spot in the seventh.
"It was actually really fun," said George. "The girls were just fun. It was easier this year because I think this team is much closer. When we made mistakes, we really picked each other up."
Game two was a different story, though, as Berks took an 11-0 advantage over the first six innings before LV got on the board with two in the seventh. George again had a big game, going 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Light was 2-for-2 with the other RBI. Allen's Sara Scharden was 1-for-2 with a run.
George said Berks County used two outstanding pitchers during the afternoon game.
"They had two pitchers who pitched really hard. They had good speed, and they were throwing outside, which makes it really hard on a batter."
Palmerton's Martina Herring and Northern Lehigh's Erika Bowman are part of the Lehigh Valley team.
Lehigh Valley will continue tournament play on Wednesday morning.
LV 140 020 5 - 12 13 2
Phil 012 001 2 - 6 5 4
Sara Schraden (Allen), Erin Wilson (Liberty) (4) and Erika Bowman (No. Lehigh), Shelby Wilson (So. Lehigh) (4).
LV 000 000 2 - 2 8 2
Berks 412 231 0 - 11 10 1
Martina Herring (Palmerton), Sara Scharden (4) and Shelby Wilson, Erika Bowman (4).