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Indians run over Titans

May 24, 2002|BY AL DITZEL

alfredd@herald-mail.com

WARFORDSBURG, Pa. - Southern Fulton junior shortstop Jenny Liggett was a picture of success Thursday.

Her pants were covered in dirt as she talked about her Indians' 11-1 victory over Tussey Mountain in the Pa. District 5 quarterfinals.

Her statistics Thursday spoke volumes of her efforts: Two hits, two RBI, two runs scored and two collisions with Tussey Mountain fielders.

"When I get on, they know I'm going to run hard," Southern Fulton's leadoff hitter said.

Her hard running paid dividends in the first inning. After beating out a bunt, Liggett advanced to second on a wild pitch and with two outs, looked to score on Nikkia Watson's soft liner into left field.

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"I hit third and (coach Mike Shade) sent me," Liggett explained. "I saw the throw up the line and the catcher went to get it. I knew I was going to hit her.

"I decided that I was going to hit her hard."

Hard she did, forcing the ball loose and scoring the game's tying run.

Then the Indians took advantage of Tussey Mountain pitcher Sandra Hamm's wildness. Two walks and a bunt by Kayle Mellott loaded the bases for Liggett.

"I just didn't want to pop up," Liggett said. "I just gripped the bat and when it came in, I hit a liner."

Liggett laced a two-run single into center field, igniting a seven-run outburst. Bethany Mellott, who also made a sparkling catch in center field, later delivered a two-run single as Southern Fulton took an 8-1 lead. Then Kelly True (15-3) took charge.

"I don't have to worry about Kelly," said Shade, who is also True's stepfather. "She's been in these kind of situations before. She's an outstanding basketball player and a good volleyball player; I don't have to say much to her."

Despite long delays between her innings to pitch, she finished with three strikeouts, allowing four hits in five innings.

Still, Southern Fulton (17-4) needed to score to finish the game early. After a scoreless third inning in which the Indians left the bases loaded, Southern Fulton scored three unearned runs in its fourth to put the game away.

Southern Fulton 11, Tussey Mountain 1

Tussey Mt. 10000-141

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Hamm, Donaldson (3) and Berzansky. True and Bard. WP-True (15-3). LP-Hamm.

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