The Lionville Lightning 12U (2017-18) places 5th overall in the USSSA'18 B-State Championships (6/23 & 6/24) at the Moore Township Athletic Complex in Bath, PA.
Sat - Game 1 - Pool Play: Lower Merion Lightning 12U captures lead early to defeat Lionville Lightning 12U (8-4) on Saturday at Moore Township Athletic Field #3. In the first inning, Lower Merion Lightning 12U got their offense started when they singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. Later that inning, LML scored three more runs on an inside the park home run. After a LL12U pitching change (Taylor Hendricks for Kayla Williams), LML added another run in the bottom of the third inning brining the score to 5-0. Lionville finally made the board by scoring one run in the top of the fourth inning when Kayla Williams singled on an infield hit to shortstop and Myah Scheirer’s SAC bunt to 2nd. LML added three more runs of their own to bring the Lionville Lightning deficit to 8-1. Lionville Lightning 12U put up three runs in the fifth inning to bring the score to 8-4. Kayla Williams (RBI single) and Kaitlyn Ward (2 RBI double) both drove in runs in the frame scoring Rachel Kleckner, Camryn Eadie and Cece Petchkofski. Lionville Lightning 12U saw the ball well today, racking up eight hits in the game unfortunately the gap was too big for a Lionville comeback.
Sat - Game 2 - Pool Play: In a back-and-forth affair Lionville Lightning 12U falls to Banshee's 12U Red on walk-off. It came down to the last play, but Lionville Lightning 12U was on the wrong end of an 8-7 defeat on Saturday at Moore Township Athletic Field #3. The Banshee’s jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st inning. As the inning rolled to the top of the 2nd inning, Lionville added three runs to take a 3-1 lead on runs scored by Kayla Williams, Avery Kelly and Taylor Hendricks. Kayla Williams started off the rally with a single to centerfield and a walk by Taylor Hendricks. Avery Kelly singled on a perfectly placed bunt to the pitcher who then reached 2nd base on a throwing error; allowing Kayla Williams to score from 3rd. MJ Nicholson picked up 2 RBI’s with a line drive double to centerfield scoring Taylor Hendricks and Avery Kelly. The Banshee’s added one run in the 2nd and three in the 3rd to take a 5-3 lead going into the top half of the 4th inning. Lionville kicked of the top of the 4th with a walk by MJ Nicholson who later scored on a bunt single by Kayla Williams and a throwing error by the Banshee’s. LL12U tied things up 5-5 when Kayla Williams scored on a stolen base home. Lionville took a 7-5 lead with timely hits by Cece Petchkofski and Kaitlyn Ward. The Banshee's 12U Red trailed 7-6 in the bottom of the fourth inning when an error scored two runs for Banshee's 12U Red.
Despite the loss, Lionville Lightning 12U did collect eight hits in the high-scoring affair. Taylor Hendricks was in the pitcher's circle for Lionville Lightning 12U going three and a third innings, allowing 13 hits and eight runs while walking one. Kayla Williams led Lionville Lightning 12U with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases.
Sat - Game 3 - Pool Play: Lionville Lightning 12U defeated Deep Run Lightning 12U (17-5) at Moore Township Athletic Field #3 thanks in part to Jocelyn Slonaker’s dominance in the circle and a complete T.E.A.M. effort at the plate with 13 total hits. Lionville jumped out to a 3-0 lead quickly with a double by Kayla Williams, walk by Camryn Eadie and a base-clearing, inside-the-park home run to center filed by Cece Petchkofski. Rachel Kleckner, Kaitlyn Ward, Myah Scheirer, Taylor Hendricks and MJ Nicholson all scored on timing hits by MJ Nicholson, Jocelyn Slonaker & Kayla Williams to make it 8-0. LL12U ending the 1st inning with 11 runs on 5 hits and 5 walks. Lionville add five more runs to bring the score to 16-0 through two innings with singles by MJ Nicholson, Jocelyn Slonaker, Kayla Williams, Camryn Eadie, Taylor Hendricks and Myah Scheirer, a fielder’s choice by Rachel Kleckner, and Avery Kelly’s ball in play on an error. Lionville added one additional run in the third inning when Jocelyn Slonaker’s SAC bunt scored MJ Nicholson who tripled to centerfield in her at bat. DRL was able to put up 5 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning before the game ended by “Run-Rule”. Jocelyn Slonaker pitched Lionville Lightning 12U to victory surrendering five runs on four hits, striking out one and walking four. LL12U ran wild on the base paths stealing a total of 13 bases.
Lionville finished pool play in 3rd Place (Pool A) headed to the Single Elimination Bracket play (28 RF / 21 RA).
Sun – Opening Round - Elimination Game: Four hits from Kayla Williams paved the way to victory for Lionville Lightning 12U over Pennsbury Gems-12U 15-5 on Sunday at Moore Township Athletic Field #1. Lionville picked up where they left off Saturday by jumping out to an early 9-0 lead in their top half of the 1st inning. The inning highlighted by two hits from Kayla Williams (single & double), singles by Camry Eadie, Taylor Hendricks, MJ Nicholson & Rachel Kleckner, and a double by Jocelyn Slonaker. LL12U kept the throttle down with four more runs in the top half of the 2nd inning highlighted by singles from Kaitlyn Ward & Taylor Hendricks, back-to-back doubles by Jocelyn Slonaker & Kayla Williams, and HBP from Myah Scheirer. Lionville added one more run in the 3rd (Rachel Kleckner scored on a Kaitlyn Ward ground out) and one more in the 5th (Cece Petchkofski scored on a single by Rachel Kleckner). Lionville Lightning 12U earned the victory despite allowing Pennsbury Gems-12U to score two runs in the 1st inning and three runs in the 2nd inning. Rachel K led the Lionville Lightning 12U to victory on the rubber, surrendering five runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out four. Lionville Lightning 12U totaled 15 hits in the game and ran wild on the base paths with seven stolen bases.
Sun – Quarter Finals Round - Elimination Game: Lionville Lightning 12U bid at back-to-back tournament championships falls short in a 5-3 lost to the Lower Bucks Lady Bombers 12U. Lionville Lightning 12U fired up the offense in the first inning and gets on the board first when Rachel Kleckner singled on a 3-2 count, scoring Cece Petchkoski (walked, advanced to 3rd on two wild pitches). Lionville’s defense was solid during the 1st two innings allowing no runs. Lionville added two more runs; one in the 2nd (Taylor Hendricks scored on an MJ Nicholoson fielder’s choice) and one in the 3rd (Camryn Eadie scored on a Cece Petchkofski fielder’s choice). Lower Bucks Lady Bombers 12U pulled away for good with four runs in the third inning scoring four runs on four hits. Kayla Williams took the loss for Lionville Lightning 12U going two innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one.
Congratulations to the Lionville Lightning 12U ladies. Though they fell short of their T.E.A.M. goal, earning 5th at the B-State Championships is something to be proud of. (46 RF / 31 RA) #One T.E.A.M - One Goal!!!