High School Sports

Shields strikes out 12 in State College’s season-opening win

Hannah Shields fanned 12 over seven innings and State College softball opened its season with a 4-1 road win over Red Land.

Shields also went 2-3 at the plate — thanks to her efforts on the mound, she had the same number of hits as the Patriots, whose lone run was unearned. Shields was also efficient, walking one in her complete-game victory.

“She had good velocity and her breaking pitches were working well,” State College coach Mike Harper said. “It was a dominant performance.”

The Little Lions started the proceedings quickly, scoring three runs in the first. Kayla Hawbaker led off with a single to start the rally. After a walk, a pair of wild pitches and an RBI by Alyssa Shedlock, the visitors gave Shields all the run support she needed.

State College travels to Cedar Cliff on Thursday.