GIRLS SOFTBALL: Shamokin offense strong in win over Shikellamy
COAL TOWNSHIP - Shamokin's offense has stayed hot, even if the weather hasn't.
The Indians pounded out 12 runs on 12 hits to beat Shikellamy 12-1 in five innings in their Heartland Conference Division I game Tuesday at Bunker Hill.
Shamokin committed just three errors, a definite departure from last week's opening-game loss that featured 10 errors.
"The defense was a lot better today," Shamokin head coach Christi Cryder said.
"We have to keep hitting the ball like we are. It's a good win."
Hitting was not a problem for the Indians.
All but one Shamokin starter had at least one hit, and four, Brie Bonshock, Olivia Bonshock, Courtney McGrath and Caity Augustitus, had two each.
Also unlike last week's loss, starting pitcher Helena Supsic was in control early.
Supsic didn't allow a run until the fourth inning, and at that
point had a five-run cushion to play with.
The Indians' offense started right away.
Natalie Wolfe, who got on base in all three plate appearances, walked to start Shamokin's first inning.
A pair of strikeouts followed, but Wolfe was able to steal both second and third and came home on an RBI single by Olivia Bonshock.
Bonshock similarly stole second and third and was brought home on an RBI single by McGrath.
Wolfe started a three-run inning in the third when she doubled. This time Brie Bonshock and Supsic followed with singles. Supsic and McGrath later scored when Augustitus sharply hit a ball down the third base line.
But the big inning for Shamokin was the fourth, and all seven runs came with one out.
Kourtnie Chapman started with a double to left. She stole third and when Wolfe got on, she stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Brie Bonshock brought them both in with a triple. That was part of a string of seven straight runs, with only one error by the Braves in there.
In all, there were 11 stolen bases by Shamokin, with just one not aiding a run.
"We have to generate runs," Cryder said. "Helena isn't going to overpower anyone and she knows that. We have to let our defense do the work, and they did it today."
Supsic scattered three hits in her five innings of work, with three strikeouts and just two walks.
Overall, this was the Shamokin team coaches expected to see, even if it took a one-game grace period for the Indians.
"They're playing like a team and they're working together," Cryder said. "That's what we have to do. Our numbers are low, but they're working."
SHIKELLAMY (AB-R-H-BI) - Lahr 3-0-0-0, Zimmerman 2-0-0-0, Koppen 2-1-1-0, Barnhart 2-0-0-0, Young 2-0-0-0, Lauver 2-0-2-1, Fedder 2-0-0-0, Corbin 2-0-0-0, Weiser 1-0-0-0. Totals 18-1-3-1.
SHAMOKIN (AB-R-H-BI) - Wolfe 1-3-1-0, B. Bonshock 3-1-2-2, Supsic 3-2-1-0, O. Bonshock 3-2-2-2, C. Augustitus 3-1-2-2, Forbes 3-0-1-2, Nash 0-0-0-0, J. Augustitus 3-0-0-0, Chapman 2-1-1-0, Elliott 0-0-0-0. Totals 23-12-12-10.
Extra-base hits: 2B - Lauver, Wolfe, Forbes, Chapman. 3B - B. Bonshock.
IP H R ER BB K
Zimmerman 4 12 12 10 3 4
Supsic (1-1) 5 3 1 1 2 3