The Pleasant Valley softball team had both phases of its game working Monday afternoon.
The Lady Bears received some great pitching from left-hander Rikki Correll, along with some timely hitting in the form of 10 runs on 13 hits, and went on to defeat their Mountain Valley Conference rival Pocono Mountain East in five innings, 10-0. The win pushes the Bears to 5-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
Correll was on top of her game, as she allowed just one hit in her five innings of work. Two other Cardinals did manage to reach base, but they got on thanks to an error and a hit-by-pitch.
"I thought I did pretty well today," said Correll, who struck out two en route to the win. "I thought I had some rough spots, but I got through them alright.
"This is my first season pitching at the varsity level and it has been going well. It is kind of nerve-racking, but I stay focused and fight through it."
Correll did a great job of keeping the ball out of the air and it showed in her 11 groundball outs. Only twice did her team record a fly out and neither of them left the infield. The lone hit she allowed came in the fourth on a grounder up the middle.
"Once again, Rikki did a nice job for us," said Pleasant Valley head coach Steve Caffrey. "She has done well the last three games. She has been keeping the ball low and that is what is helping us.
"She is keeping (the Bears' opponents) off the bases as well. She didn't walk anyone, so she is doing everything that we could ask of her."
Pleasant Valley also had its bats working. The Bears scored at least one run in every inning, including eight in the final two innings of play, and continuously put good contact on the ball.
The Bears' No. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 hitters combined to go 12-for-19 with nine RBIs and nine runs scored. Megan Hardy and Alura Bellis each led the way with three hits. Hardy had two singles, a double, a RBI and two runs scored, while Bellis recorded two singles, a triple, two RBIs and one run scored.
Senior centerfielder Kasey Meckes (2-for-4) led the team with three RBIs. Jordan Meckes, Dianne Klapatch (2-for-4), Rachel Sisco and Alison Heckman drove in runs as well.
"I think we are doing fine hitting-wise," Caffrey said. "We do need to adjust at times. Some of our batters need to adjust a little bit because they are becoming predictable.
"But besides that, after they made some changes, I think they saw the ball well and hit it hard. We made (Pocono Mountain) make plays. Some times they did and sometimes they didn't."
Although PV hit the ball well Monday, Caffrey still isn't entirely pleased with his team's approach at the plate. He feels some of his girls need to work on their focus and their game-plan when they come up to bat.
"As a coach, it is really hard right now as far as trying to put a lineup together," said Caffrey. "Hitting wise our lineup seems to be inconsistent. At times we do well and then it seems like we get to a spot and everything stops.
"It is tough because we are so inconsistent in games and even in practices. Hopefully with games coming one after another we will start to get into a groove."
Pocono Mt. East 000 00 - 0 1 1
Pleasant Valley 114 22 - 10 13 2
Nayman and Braithwaite; Correll and Klingel, Ejk (5). W - Correll. L - Nayman.