High School Sports

Deardorff earns first coaching win as Penns Valley softball rolls

Tessa Deardorff picked up her first career victory as a coach and Penns Valley rolled to a 9-3 win over Juniata in the season opener Thursday.

“The girls looked strong overall,” Deardorff said. “We had contributions from everyone in our lineup. As a coaching stuff, we were pleased to see the girls put the ball in play and make routine defensive plays.”

Rams pitcher Harley Hess dominated the host Indians, piling up 15 strikeouts while only allowing two hits and a walk. Mikenna Lyons paced the offense with two home runs and four RBIs. Abby Thom plated three runs on a pair of singles.

The Lady Rams squad had eight hits, while also taking advantage of eight errors from the home team.

“It feels great to get my first career win as a coach, and also to start our season off with a win,” Deardorff said. “The Gatorade shower I received after the game was definitely worth it. The girls worked hard and they deserved this first win.”