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L-L SOFTBALL: Barons gain edge on Donegal

Griffith delivers in 5-3 decision

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Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 11:33 pm | Updated: 7:51 pm, Thu Sep 12, 2013.

Her silky defense in left field, as well as her .353 batting average, belies the fact that Manheim Central's Brittiny Griffith is playing her first year of varsity softball, of any softball.

Donegal would've just as soon she'd found something else to do this spring, or at least Monday night.

Griffith, who ran track as a freshman then took two springs off, contributed to the host Barons' 5-3 victory with glove and bat.

Their victory put the Barons (12-0 L-L, 13-3 overall) a game-and-a-half up on the Tribe (11-2) in the Section Three race, with four to play.

Donegal took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning on Madi Emenheiser's inside-the-park three-run homer.

In the bottom half Kate VanBlargan and Rachel Clippinger sandwiched singles around the second out of the inning.

Then Shelby Smith, running for VanBlargan, went first-to-third on Clippinger's hit and Clippinger pulled into second on the throw.

With one hit in the book already, Griffith laced a ball just off the outstretched glove of Erin Tirko in right, tripling in the tying and go-ahead runs.

"It was intimidating," Griffith said, "and I knew we needed a hit. I just relaxed, focused like it was practice and swung away."

Manheim broke on top in the second inning as VanBlargan singled and Smith, courtesy running, scored on Erika Campbell's triple. Clippinger's ground out scored Campbell.

Brooke Swarr led off the Tribe third with a walk and took second on a wild pitch.

But Griffith snared Rachel Mummau's fly ball just inside the left field line and, after a momentary adventure, settled under Tirko's fly for the second out.

Ali Morton's diving stab of Hayley Bollinger's slicing ball to right ended the uprising and Morton capped the night by scoring an insurance run on a stolen base paired with two Donegal errors.

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While the view in Section Three became clearer, Conestoga Valley (10-3, 13-4) tightened the Section Two race with a 5-1 victory over first-place Solanco (11-2, 14-3), Monday in Witmer.

CV's Courtney Allen allowed two hits - Katelyn Moule's double and Chelsea Crandall's solo homer - and increased her league-leading strikeout total to 120 with a 15K effort.

Allen and Kelly Martin hit RBI doubles and Nicole Allen stroked a 2-run homer to pace the Bucks.

dbyrne@lnpnews.com

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