Lady Bears pull away from Indians
BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley's Jordan Meckes slides into second base as Lehighton's Emily Kollar (15) takes the throw. Brooke Lucykanish backs up the throw for the Indians.
In its second Mountain Valley Conference meeting of the season, between Lehighton and Pleasant Valley, the Indians were the first team to put a run on the scoreboard.
For the second time this season, Pleasant Valley answered right back in its very next at-bat to take the lead itself.
Once the lead was in their grasp, the Bears never relinquish it and earned a 12-3 victory. With the win, the Bears (13-4 overall; 10-0 MVC) remain undefeated in the MVC.
Like any coach, Pleasant Valley coach Steve Caffrey wasn't too thrilled with the slow start, which put his team behind for the second time this season against Lehighton. He was ecstatic, however, with the recovery the Bears had afterwards.
"Lehighton started off strong and scored two runs on us right away, but thankfully our girls kept their composure and continued to hit the ball and got runs when we needed to," Caffrey said.
The Indians struck first when Emily Kollar delivered RBI-single to score Sam Snyder, while Ashley Sensinger scored on a fielder's choice RBI to Brooke Lucykanish.
With one out in the second, the Bears put up some runs. Melissa Ejk reached on an error, moved to second on a Madison Shaneberger single and Tracey Deubler loaded the bases when she reached on a walk. Kelci Jones recorded a RBI drawing a walk to score Ejk.
Jordan Meckes reached on an error and then Nicole Kregeloh drilled a three-run triple to right-field. Diane Kalypatch finished off the six-run second off the six-run second inning with a RBI-single.
In the fourth, Meckes scored all the way from second on a Klaypatch sacrifice fly to make it 7-2.
After Meckes recorded a two-run double to left field, Kregeloh followed right behind with two-run single to the opposite side of the field to score her fifth RBI of the game.
While Caffrey has seen different players step up in their undefeated run (10-0) through the MVC, he was glad to see Kregeloh get her turn Friday night.
"Lately, average wise, she hasn't been swinging the bat that great," Caffrey said. "We were talking about trying to get some extra working time for her. And, she came through with a big line drive triple and a hit down the left-field line for a single.
"It came at the right time. That's what makes a decent team a good team, just being able to put things together and work together as a team."
The Indians added a run in the bottom of the fifth. Jena Smith drilled a double to right-center. Her courtesy runner Brooke Scott then scored when Emily Kollar collected her second single of the day.
Deubler finished off the scoring in the sixth scoring an RBI-single, which scored Hailey Marini from second base.
Todd Weaver knows the history of Pleasant Valley softball all too well. He still hopes one day his Lehighton (11-8, 5-5) program, who has qualified for districts and still has a chance to qualify for conference play, will be along the same lines.
"That's the thing with them, they always had a system and always had a good team," Lehighton coach Todd Weaver. "We are trying to create a good program. We're trying to create a good team. And, we have a good team.
"It's just a matter of the fact that we have talented girls, but we got to get that mental 'can win attitude at all costs.' They have it because they have done it. Lehighton hasn't done so in the past. So, it's something we're working on."
Pleas. Vy. 060 141 0 - 12 13 2
Lehighton 200 010 0 - 3 3 2
Marini, Correll (4) and Shaneberger; Evans, Rehrig (3), Evans (6) and Smith. W - Marini. L - Evans.