ANDOVER TOWNSHIP —
With the Pymatuning Valley softball team starting its season nearly a week after everybody else, coach Andy Gray really didn’t know what to expect.
The Lakers proved to be very offensive in beating Lakeside, 15-4 and 13-11, in twinbill Saturday at PV.
“I did not have the expectation we would come out and play the way we played,” Gray said. “I knew there would be errors. It’s the first game and it’s cold, but our bats were clicking.
“We’ve worked extremely hard. We were inside. All we could do was hit.”
On the other side of the equation, Lakeside coach Kerri Weir believes the Dragons need to get a bit more defensive. They committed 10 errors in the two games.
“Offensively, I’m not upset at all,” she said. “We hit.
“When we make mistakes, we have a hard time recovering from that. We’re not playing at a level right now where we can afford (10 errors). We gave up some solid hits here and there. If we clean up the errors and the misplays in between, we should be OK.”
PV 15, Lakeside 4
The Lakers (2-0) set the tone for the remainder of the day with five runs in the home half of the first then came back with five more in the second in taking an 10-1 advantage.
“We can’t give up 10 runs in a softball game and expect to compete,” Weir said. “After the second inning, we settled in and performed at the level we should be at. It was too little, too late.”
Pymatuning Valley added at least a run in three of its next four at-bats.
Pitcher Megan Stech aided her own cause in driving in four runs on her three base knocks, including a double. In the circle, she allowed four runs — two earned — on five hits. She struck out six and walked six.
Nicole Mann doubled twice and scored four runs for the Lakers while Heather Brant had three hits, including a double, drove in a pair and scored three times. Jenna Lower scored three runs on a pair of hits and Emily Ramey tripled and scored three times.
After falling behind, 10-1, the Dragons (1-4) tallied three times in the fourth to right the ship.
Kayla Johnston doubled and Brianna Kingston scored two runs for Lakeside.