By josh shreckengost
DANVILLE — With temperatures soaring above 90 degrees at Echo Field, the Warrior Run 8-9-10 softball all-stars used their bats to provide a ton of fireworks on a sweltering Fourth of July.
Warrior Run actually trailed by three runs heading into the top of the fourth inning, but the Defenders broke out for 11 runs in the frame to seize momentum and take control of the contest.
“At this age level, it’s very hard for the girls to stay focused on a day like today,” Warrior Run head coach Cody Reeder said. “It’s tough, it really is. My girls needed to turn it on and they did. It took them an inning or two to get going, but once they were in the zone, they started playing some ball.”
Warrior Run took advantage of 12 Danville errors, but also pounded out 12 hits en route to a convincing victory which puts them into the championship series against Mifflinburg, which will begin today.
The two teams squared off in the second round of the tournament and Mifflinburg cruised to a 21-0 victory, something Reeder believes his team can use as a valuable learning tool as the two teams prepare to meet for a District 13 title.
“We’ve seen what they have and Mifflinburg has a lot of pitching,” Reeder said. “There is no team in this league that is prepared to handle what Mifflinburg brings to the table in terms of hitting. The girls just need to be ready and aggressive at the plate.”
Warrior Run leadoff hitter Mackenzie Litchard hard herself quite an afternoon, both at the plate and on the mound.
Litchard went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and also picked up the victory in relief of starter Cait Waltman.
Warrior Run must now beat Mifflinburg twice to win the district, something Reeder knows will not be a simple task.
“We come right back out tomorrow, no time to practice,” Reeder said. “Hopefully the girls get a good night’s sleep and relax tomorrow.”
District 13 Little League
at Echo Field, Danville
Warrior Run 23
Warrior Run 112 1153x — 23-12-3
Danville 322 330 — 13-3-12
WP: Litchard LP: Bucher
Warrior Run hitters: Mackenzie Litchard 4-for-5, four singles, three runs scored; Jess Frey, two walks, two runs scored; Brooke Ryder 2-for-4, two singles, two runs scored; Rylee Reeder 2-for-6, two singles, two runs scored; Cait Waltman, double, run scored; Arianna Dyer, 2-for-5, two singles, two runs scored; Jacey Felix, three walks, three runs scored; Skye Reigal, single, run scored; Mackenzie Johnson, walk, run scored; Summer Rovenalt, walk, run scored; Sophia Bustamante, two runs scored; Jarelynn Mauer, two walks, two runs scored.
Danville hitters: Alana McDonough five walks, two runs scored; M. Hickey, four walks, hit by pitch, two runs scored; Brynn Wilson, single, walk, two runs scored; Ava Koser, double, walk, run scored; Carley Raynes, walk, run scored; Brianna Blue, single, run scored; Claire Kretzing, three walks, two runs scored; Riley Snyder, walk; Juliet Steckley, two walks, two runs scored.