Greenwood rebounds from first loss, downs Juniata in TVL softball game

MILLERSTOWN — Greenwood bounced back from its first loss of the season, taking advantage of errors committed by the Indians’ defense on the way to a 9-2 Tri-Valley League softball victory over Juniata Thursday.

“It was nice to rebound after taking a tough loss against Upper Dauphin,” Wildcats coach Troy Gantt said. “I thought the girls rebounded nicely and played very well.”

Juniata had a one-run lead going into the bottom of the first inning before things went haywire for Indians’ starting pitcher Ally Misal. The first four batters Misal faced all hit singles, scoring two runs and giving the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. They were the only four batters Miscal saw before she was then replaced by Abby Adair.

“We can’t give up six extra outs and think we’re going to beat a team like Greenwood,” Indians coach Dave Cisney said. “Ally wasn’t hitting her spots in the beginning and so we decided to make that change.”

Greenwood added one more run later in the inning off a Juniata error.

“It certainly adds a little pressure to get down right away,” Gantt said. “But I thought the girls stayed patient at the plate and did a nice job of taking what was there.”

“We were still in the game at that point, we were giving 100 percent and last time we were 3-2 against these guys,” Cisney said. “You take away those errors out of the game and we’re right in it.”

From then on it became the Courtney Fleisher show as she gave the Juniata bats fits. Fleisher forced the Indians into 1-2-3 innings.

“I thought she rebounded well again after that loss,” Gantt said. “But she pitched much better today and had better stuff.”

Even when Juniata managed to put the ball in the play the Greenwood defense was able to take away hits and take away whatever momentum the Indians had. The Wildcats held them to two runs on four hits.

“We’ve got some work to do defensively,” Gantt said. “That error in the first inning there cost us a run and you don’t like to give away any runs.”

“We’re getting better, we’ve been working on it all week,” Cisney said. “We’ve made a couple of adjustments for everybody, we saw at Halifax where we scored seven runs off 13 hits at Halifax and we came here and put the ball in play but Greenwood is a great team and they made the plays.”

The Wildcats added six more runs in the later innings. Greenwood drove in nine runs off 15 hits as well as taking advantage of four Juniata errors.

“They hit the ball well — Greenwood always hits the ball well,” Cisney said. “Abby was hitting her spots, she did a good job but we just didn’t back her up on defense.”

Fleisher had a big day at the plate as well going 3-for-4 with a home run, had two RBIs and scored twice. Maddy Pyle went 3-for-5 and Laura Sheaffer and Corissa Wagner each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

“I thought we were fairly well relaxed there and you know we started driving in some runs there at the end of the game,” Gantt said.

For Juniata, Alissa Goodling and Kali Foltz each had RBI hits.

Greenwood (8-1, 7-1) travels to Trinity and Juniata travels to Bald Eagle Area, both today.