High School Sports

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

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.