Neshannock Falls in State Finals

Neshannock gives up 13 runs, six of which were bases-loaded walks, and lose to Williams Valley, 13-0, in six innings in the PIAA Class A finals. The game was stopped due to the mercy rule.

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Madison Shaffer, Neshannock’s pitcher, walked in two runs in the 4th inning. An RBI by Maura Kreiser made it a 3-0 Williams Valley lead.

The Lady Knights added four more runs in the 5th inning to take a 7-0 lead. Katie Whelski and Kyrsten Miller each had RBI singles, and Shaffer walked in two more bases-loaded runs. Shaffer pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on six hits. She walked seven batters and struck out three.

Neshannock’s first hit of the game came in the 5th inning when Shaffer singled, but the Lady Lancers couldn’t produce any runs.

Williams Valley plated five runs in the 6th inning, two of which came on bases-loaded walks. The Lady Knights held Neshannock to zero runs on only three hits. At one point, Williams Valley retired eight straight Neshannock batters.

“We’ve only been at it for about 16 years,” said Neshannock head coach Tracy Kimmel. “I think we have won eight section titles in both Class Double A and Class Single A.”

The Lady Lancers return six starters next season, but Coach Kimmel was emphatic about not taking anything for granted.

“I think we’re on the right track. There was a lot of pressure on us after winning last year, especially when we were in Class AA and moved down to Class A. People just automatically thought we would run through this thing. That just doesn’t happen. There are good teams at every level.”

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Neshannock finishes the season at 21-3.

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