Last updated: April 08. 2014 11:21PM - 1855 Views
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LEHMAN TWP. — When the portable scoreboard gets blown over by the wind, perhaps it’s not the idea day for softball.


For Tunkhannock, though, it was.


The Tigers received hitting throughout the lineup — collecting six extra-base hits in all — as they methodically put away Lake-Lehman 9-0 for a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 victory Tuesday.


Tunkhannock (1-1) had 10 hits in a 7-5 loss to Wyoming Area last Thursday, but it didn’t get the bats going until the seventh inning, when it scored four times. On Tuesday, the Tigers had 13 hits spread out, enabling them to score in five innings.


Ashley Knott paced the hitting with a triple and double, and just missed a homer when the ball landed about 10 feet foul. Traci Kromko and Molly Hampsey were also multiple hitters, with Hampsey having a team-high two RBI. Every hitting position recorded a base hit.


“We’ve changed our practice around a little bit,” Tunkhannock coach John Keefe said. “They’re getting more reps to hit, more reps to field. It showed today.”


Fielding was a trouble spot in that season-opening loss where Tunkhannock committed five errors. There were none Tuesday.


“We changed the lineup around,” Keefe said. “Not as much the batting order as the defense. I was really pleased with our defense today. That’s what I expected for most games.”


Of course, it helps when pitcher Erin Smith is at the top of her game. She struck out 10 and allowed just two hits.


Tunkhannock led 3-0 when Lehman (0-2) looked like it was about to get something going. But like last season when the Black Knights won just one game — 5-4 in their regular-season finale against Tunkhannock — timely hitting escaped them.


Lacey Miller opened the fourth with a single to left and an out later Jill Ambrose was hit by a pitch. That threat fizzled out.


So did the one in the fifth when Jordan Hodle was hit by a pitch to start the inning. And again in the sixth when Miller opened with a walk and Brit Meeker followed with a single. A lineout double play crushed the chance.


“When they hit them off the end of the bats, it falls between three of our players,” Lehman coach Wayne Oplinger said. “When we hit them off the end of the bat, it goes in their gloves. It’s just tough luck.”


NOTES: Oplinger believes he has a better hitting team than last season, but it hasn’t shown through two WVC games. Lehman has struck out 20 times. … Lehman center fielder Kristen Cope was busy, recording eight putouts. … Hampsey and Lindsey Kwiatkowski knocked in runs for Tunkhannock with sacrifice flies. …


The four other WVC games scheduled for Tuesday were postponed. Keefe commended Lehman for having the field in shape, although there might have been some soft spots in the outfield. Two ball hit there that normally would take bigger hops instead plopped down. … The Tigers split two games over the weekend at the Northeast Bradford Tournament. They defeated Northeast Bradford 11-1 and lost 5-1 to Wellsboro.


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Tunkhannock 9, Lehman 0

Tunkhannock`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Traci Kromko ss`3`1`2`0`0`1`0


Molly Hampsey 2b`3`1`2`2`1`0`0


Erin Smith p`3`1`2`1`1`0`0


Ryleigh Fitch dp`2`0`1`0`0`0`0


Karlie Bulford cf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor Hegedty 1b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Samantha Reposa pr`0`2`0`0`0`0`0


Ashley Knott 3b`3`2`2`0`1`1`0


Paige Mokychic rf`2`0`0`1`0`0`0


Michelle Goodwin rf`2`0`1`0`0`0`0


L. Kwiatkowski c`3`0`1`1`0`0`0


Kailey Reposa lf`3`2`1`1`0`1`0


Totals`27`9`13`6`3`3`0


Lehman`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Lexi Oplinger ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Lacey Miller 2b`1`0`1`0`0`0`0


Brit Meeker c`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Jill Ambrose dp`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kaley Egan 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kristen Cope cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Jordan Hodle p`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Morgan Dizbon 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kyra Grzymski rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Karli Coole lf`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`22`0`2`0`0`0`0


Tunkhannock`002`122`2`—`9


Lake-Lehman`000`000`0`—`0


Tunkhannock`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Smith (W)`7.0`2`0`0`2`10


Lehman`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Hodle (L)`7`13`9`8`2`1


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