MECHANICSBURG — After losing 10-9 to Lower Dauphin two weeks ago, Mechanicsburg had a bit of revenge in mind.
Megan Williamson pitched a shutout and drove in four runs in a 10-0 victory ended in the bottom of the fifth inning by the mercy rule Friday afternoon at Mechanicsburg High School.
Mechanicsburg (7-2, 7-1 Keystone) tallied seven runs in the second inning to stake Williamson to a big lead and the Wildcats were able to get an important division win to maintain their top spot. The Keystone Division has been won by Lower Dauphin for the past 11 years.
“We just need to play one inning at a time and just win the inning,” Wildcats coach Gail Hiestand said. “We play better when we are relaxed and catcher Angelina Marquez is such a big part of that. She always has something to say to relax people and has helped Megan really settle in as a pitcher. I am going to miss [Marquez] next year.”
Lindsey Kaufman doubled to left to start the second inning. Hailey Wagner walked and got caught in a rundown between first and second base, but a poor throw allowed Kaufman to score and Wagner to reach third.
The run continued when Victoria Yother singled to third and Jordan Sellers legged out a bunt to load the bases. Hurst grounded to third, but the throw home was high, allowing Wagner to score. Williamson ripped a single to plate two runs and Marquez ripped another single to drive in two more runs.
Mechanicsburg closed the frame when courtesy runner Nicole Alfaro scored on an error on Megan Gloeckler’s single.
“We continue to play well,” Hiestand said. “We have some young hitters, Hailey Wagner and Jordan Sellers, and they keep coming up big for us.”
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Wagner and Yother singled prior to a Hurst hit that drove in Wagner in the third inning.
With one out in the fifth, Wagner walked and Sellers singled to right. Both runners moved up a base on an outfield error on Sellers’ hit. Falcons coach Joel Schreiner intentionally walked Hurst to get to Williamson. On a 1-2 pitch, Williamson roped a hit to the fence in left-center to score the final two runs.
“I told Megan they walked Maddie to get to her and they don’t know what they are facing,” Hiestand said. “Just relax and hit the ball. I am so happy for her and our team.”
“I was just trying to see the ball and hit it hard someplace,” Williamson said.
Lower Dauphin (5-4, 4-3 Keystone) threatened in the top of the first inning as Jami Schaefer singled and Hannah Swartz doubled to left. The relay from shortstop Maddie Hurst to Marquez nailed Schaefer at the plate.
Lower Dauphin got two runners on base in each of the fourth and fifth innings but the Wildcats made the defensive plays to stifle any possible damage.
“The last time I got rattled a bit in the third inning, but tonight in the third they got a couple of runners on base and I just tried to relax and play as loose as possible,” Williamson said. “When we don’t play relaxed, we tend to make mental mistakes.”
“She pitched a great game,” Hiestand said. “To shut out that team, I didn’t expect that at all.”