Tri-Valley One Away
From WSL Crown
By Rob Potter
GRAHAMSVILLE — May 26, 2000 -- Tri-Valley took a step closer to capturing the final
Western Sullivan League softball title Tuesday afternoon.
Although the Lady Bears’ 17-8 victory over the visiting
Jeffersonville-Youngsville Lady Trojans did not officially clinch the
crown, defeating the second-place team moved the Lady Bears into a
position to claim the title today. T-V, now 10–2 in WSL play (12–2
overall) is slated to host Eldred this afternoon. J-Y, which entered
the game in second place in the standings, dropped to 6–4 WSL and 7–4
Due to a severe thunderstorm that hit the area on Thursday, May 18, the
teams could not finish their scheduled game in Jeffersonville. The
squads were to have completed that contest following Tuesday’s first
game, but a steady rain and deteriorating field conditions halted play
in the fourth inning.
If the second game could have been completed and the Lady Bears
prevailed, they would have officially claimed the crown as they would
have had only two league losses with one game remaining. And each of
the other teams near the top of the standings, including J-Y, has at
least four league losses.
Two innings keyed the T-V victory. With J-Y holding a 6-5 lead in the
fourth inning, the T-V offense roared to life.
Destiny Hinkley led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and Lisa
Sorrentino and Rachel Altbach followed with infield hits to load the
bases. Two batters later Megan Sheeley ripped a single to center which
gave T-V a 7-6 lead. Jessica Miller then tripled, which scored Sheeley
for an 8-6 lead.
When the frame ended, the Lady Bears had added three more runs for an
After J-Y scored once in the top of the fifth, T-V added several
insurance runs. Eleven Lady Bears stepped up to the plate in the frame
and four of them scored for a more comfortable 16-7 advantage.
“I’m glad to see our offense coming together,” T-V coach Mary
Feusner said. “Today we were grouping hits together and scoring in
bunches. That’s the mark of a good team.”
Sheeley led the Lady Bears, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Mia Kawauchi
went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Miller finished the day with a pair of hits
and an RBI. Altbach and Heather Bachmann each added a pair of hits for
the Lady Bears.
J-Y coach Mike Ellmauer, who was naturally disappointed by the loss,
had a simple explanation for the outcome.
“They just hit the ball very well today,” he said. “They’re a
typical Tri-Valley team that can really hit the ball.”
J-Y’s Kristin Erlwein was 2-for-3 and Amanda Davis had a triple.
Heidi Manell, who pitched five innings, picked up the win. J-Y’s
Kelly Theis went the distance and took the loss.