High School Sports

State College softball tops Central Dauphin

On a chilly afternoon, the State College softball team stayed warm at the plate on Tuesday, winning 7-3 over Central Dauphin. Hannah Shields tossed a complete game and drove in two runs while batting cleanup.

“The weather was really cold and that can be a great equalizer,” Little Lions coach Mike Harper said. “But we hit well with runners in scoring position.”

Despite being outhit 9-7 by the Lady Rams, the Lady Little Lions were more efficient at the plate. Their No. 3-7 hitters each batted in at least one run. At the top of the lineup, Kayla Hawbaker, Abby Allen and Alyssa Shedlock combined to reach base six times in 12 plate appearances.

“Their plate discipline has been great this year,” Harper said. “It’s a mindset and they’ve taken to it.”

As a team, the Little Lions hit .364 with runners in scoring position. State College pulled away with a three-run fourth inning.

State College (3-0) travels to play Chambersburg on Thursday.