Penns Valley’s bats too explosive for Juniata

Sentinel photo by JEFF FISHBEIN
Juniata catcher Laney Dowling, center, is unable to tag Penns Valley's Morgan Hurd in time to prevent a run from scoring Monday in Mifflintown.

MIFFLINTOWN — Juniata softball coach Dave Cisney knew his team would have its hands full with non-league foe Penns Valley.

The Rams didn’t disappoint.

Penns Valley exploded for 15 hits, three of them home runs, in a 12-0 victory over the Indians Monday afternoon. The game was called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Coupled with the offensive explosion, the Rams had a standout effort from Kendra Bumgardner in the circle. The Penns Valley sophomore threw a two-hitter with eight strikeouts and only one walk.

“She’s a good pitcher. She throws hard and hits her spots. Her delivery threw our timing off and some of our girls weren’t getting around on it. We’re going to work on that this week in practice,” Cisney said. “That’s why I like playing these Mountain League teams. You get to see better hitting and pitching to prepare us for the Tri-Valley League.”

Kailen Winkelblech had three hits, two were home runs with four RBIs and Kaylah Thompson had three hits, a homer and three RBIs for Penns Valley.

“We’ve been telling them all season if they keep hitting the ball good things are going to happen. We are definitely a good hitting team. We’ve been scoring lots of runs and obviously that’s great to see,” Penns Valley coach Tessa Deardorff said. “Even better, we’re holding teams to limited runs.”

The Rams (7-4) scored five runs in the second when Winkelblech lead off with a jack to left. Morgan Hurd and Devan Stoner had back-to-back singles and Allie O’Brien brought them both home with a single up the middle. Thompson ended the scoring with a two-run homer to straight-away center.

Losing pitcher Ally Misal gave up all five runs and was chased in the second for Abby Adair.

“I always expect a good game from Penns Valley. We beat them last year by a run. They hit the ball real well,” Cisney said. “Ally is a good pitcher. She hits her spots well. She had them off-balance the first time through the lineup and that’s what we expect. We try to get her through the lineup and then speed things up with Abby. These better hitting teams adjust their timing and make good contact. They are a good hitting team. I give them credit.”

Penns Valley added a run in the third on a Stoner RBI double. The Rams added four in the fourth thanks to RBI knocks from Bumgardner and Avelyn Van Heyst. Winkelblech followed with her second home run of the game — a two run shot to left-center. The top four of the Penns Valley lineup collectively went 10-for-16 with three homers and nine RBIs.

“Honestly, we came out a little slow at the gate. They needed to wake up and they did. They are on a win streak right now and it’s awesome to see,” Deardorff said. “They keep hitting the ball and playing tough. Our top of the lineup gets on base and does what we need to do. Kaylah and Kailen had great games today.”

The Rams, winners of five of their last six games, added two runs in the fifth when Thompson doubled home O’Brien and Winkelblech had an RBI single to center, plating O’Brien.

The Indians (4-7) had a hit from Mya Rush in the first and a double from Hunter Johns in the fourth.

“Defensively, we played well. We had only one error and for the most part, that’s how we’ve played all season. We have a good defense,” Cisney said. “We just have to put the bat on the ball and start hitting better.”

East Juniata travels to Susquenita in TVL action today.

Penns Valley 12, Juniata 0 (5 innings)

Penns Valley 051 42 – 12-15-0

Juniata 000 00 – 0-2-1

WP: Kendra Bumgardner. LP: Ally Misal (J). SO: Bumgardner 8 (PV); Abby Adair (J). BB: Bumgardner (PV); Adair (J). HR: Kailen Winkelblech 2, Kaylah Thompson (PV). 2B: Allie O’Brien, Devan Stoner, Thompson (PV); Hunter Johns (J). MH: Thompson 3-4, Bumgardner 2-4, Avelyn Van Heyst 2-4, Winkleblech 3-4, Stoner 2-3, O’Brien 2-3 (PV). RBI: Winkelblech 4, Thompson 3, O’Brien 2, Bumgardner, Van Heyst, Stoner (PV).