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Penn College Softball Team Advances to PSUAC Championship


Jamye Mease deftly lays down a bunt at Elm Park on Wednesday.Kristin Bernard sends another pitch whizzing homeward.Going into the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs at Elm Park, coach Roger Harris knew his team was capable of doing well, but he was concerned about whether it would play with consistency.

The consistency was there in its first two games Wednesday, as the Wildcats knocked off top-seeded Penn State Beaver, 6-4, and second-seeded Hazleton, 12-2, to advance to Thursday’s championship.

In its opener, pitcher Heather Ball (Mansfield) limited Penn State Beaver to three hits.Samantha Mills (Harrisburg) provided the offensive spark by going 2-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and four runs batted in.

Against Penn State Hazleton, the Wildcats’ bats erupted for 14 hits in a five-inning win. Lisa Miller (Cogan Station) and Jamye Mease (Elizabethtown) both went 2-for-4 with home runs, while Erica Logan (Montoursville) went 2-for-4 and Erin Bannon (Williamsport) 3-for-4.

Penn College faces the winner of a noon game between Penn State Beaver and Penn State Hazleton at 2 p.m. Thursday for the championship. Penn State Beaver eliminated third-seeded Penn State Schuylkill, 8-0, Wednesday night. If a second game is needed to decide the title, it will be played at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Photos by Kenneth L. Barto, student photographer

Graduating members of the Lady Wildcat softball team take to the infield Wednesday for a Senior Day tribute with their families and coaches. From left are Lisa Miller (10), Samantha Mills (7), Heather Ball (21) and Jamye Mease (11).

Graduating Lady Wildcats Honored at Wednesday Doubleheader

The Penn College softball team and coaching staff said “Goodbye” to four outstanding collegiate athletes and students during Senior Day ceremony on Wednesday.

“To all of the seniors that are moving on, it has been a pleasure coaching you and watching you play the game that you love and have dedicated yourselves to,” coach Roger Harris and assistant coach RoseAnn Walsh said.

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