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Lehighton long balls bury Thorpe

Talk about power surges.

The Lehighton softball team displayed plenty of it on Wednesday.

The Tribe just kept juicing the long ball as they finished with four home runs and rolled to a 10-0 Schuylkill League whitewashing of Jim Thorpe.

Addison Chavanic, McKenna Snyder, Brynn Mriss and Maggie Pagotto all went yard for Lehighton - taking the wind out of the Olympian sails.

The outcome was still hanging in the balance through three scoreless innings of a game that had all the makings of a classic pitcher’s duel.

Up until that point, Mary Levins had looked strong for Thorpe, allowing just two runners to reach base while fanning five. Her counterpart, Ali Nothstein, was coasting as well as the Indian hurler was touched for only one hit through her opening three innings.

But that’s when the roof started to sag on the Olympians as the Tribe went to work in the top of the fourth, sending nine batters to the plate and scoring five runs.

There was one out when Eryn Mertz drew a free pass and Chavanic cranked out a deep drive to left center for a two-run homer. With two outs, Brynn Mriss singled. An error, another walk and a double by Pagotto drove in three more runs.

“We had a slow start in the beginning, but then we started to hit,” Lehighton first-year head coach Taylor Cashner said. “We had great approaches at the plate, and we have kids that can hit the ball.”

That surfaced again in the fifth when Lehighton added four more runs. The frame featured a two-run round tripper by Mriss, and a solo shot by Snyder as the Indians built a commanding 9-0 lead.

The Tribe capped the day off when Pagotto blasted a solo homer to open the sixth.

“We had a good practice on Tuesday, and I was confident we would swing the bats well,” Cashner said.

Meanwhile, Thorpe struggled at the plate against Nothstein as it managed just three hits, including doubles by Oleksa McAndrew and Levins.

“Obviously, we struggled hitting,” said first-year Jim Thorpe head coach Kathy Levins. “When Lehighton started to hit, we couldn’t match them. I had to pull Mary (the coach’s daughter) because they were starting to get their timing down against her.”

RECORDS ... Lehighton improved its record to 2-2 in league play and 3-5 overall. Jim Thorpe falls to 0-4 in the league and 3-5 overall.

THROWING LEATHER … The Indians snapped off a nifty 4-6-3 double play in the home second. That twin killing may have been the dagger to ward off the Olympians’ building momentum. Kudos to Thorpe’s second baseman Sarah Hartman, who snagged a pair of liners and third baseman Madison Schwartz, who did the same at the hot corner.

IN THE CIRCLE … Nothstein was hitting the corners, and finished with four strikeouts. Meanwhile, Levins deserved better. The kid can spot it and will get better as the season moves forward.

Lehighton 000 541 - 10 6 0

Jim Thorpe 000 000 - 0 4 1

Nothstein and Mertz; Levins, Me. Schwartz (4), Ma. Schwartz (6) and Zacharias, Sully (4). W - Nothstein. L - Levins. HR: Lehighton - Chavanic (4th, one); Mriss (5th, one on); Snyder (5th, none on); Pagotto (6th, none on).

Lehighton's Maggie Pagotto is tagged out at the plate by Jim Thorpe pitcher Madison Schwartz. RICH SMITH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS