High school softball: Penn Valley’s Lucas hits milestone in Williamsport tourney

From CDT staff reportsMay 8, 2013 

— Penns Valley managed one win in last weekend’s Williamsport Tournament but the victory, at least, was an important one.

After going hitless on Friday in a 4-0 loss to Union-Endicott, Penns Valley’s bats rebounded on Saturday with an 8-7 win over Montoursville, coach Don Lucas’ 200th career victory.

Ashley Struble, Madisyn Sharer and Mackenzie Ironside each had three hits as the Lady Rams jumped out to an 8-0 lead. The Warriors got within 8-7 with two outs and a runner on third in the seventh. Starting pitcher Maggie Lynch got a piece of a line drive and the carom was gloved by the shortstop Struble, who fired home to get the baserunner to end the game.

“It was a big game for the girls to pull it out at the end and for me it was also a big game,” said Lucas, who in his 13th season realized last week that he was a game short of the milestone, but didn’t know that his girls knew as well. “As soon as we won they ran to me and said ‘Congratulations.’ I was really surprised because I didn’t know they knew.”

In Game 3, the Rams committed five errors and fell 12-6 to Lower Dauphin. Sharer, Kylee Wasson and Morgan Royer each had two hits.

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