NP-LIBERTY BESTS ATHENS, 9-4, DESPITE MACIK'S TWO HOME RUNS
By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | May 9, 2022 | Photo courtesy Lance Larcom
MANSFIELD — Athens senior Caydence Macik belt a pair of solo home runs,
but North Penn-Liberty ace Mackenzi Tice held down the rest of the
line-up in a 9-4 win here Monday afternoon in NTL Large School Division
Macik was hit by a pitch to lead off the game, advanced to second on a walk, and eventually scored on a passed ball.
Lady Mountaineers answered with three runs — all with two outs — in the
first inning, and tacked one more in the second to take a 4-1 lead.
led off the top of the third inning with a blast over the left-field
fence, Freshman Jules Pack followed with a single up the middle, and
eventually scored on a wild pitch to close the gap to 4-3.
NP-L answered with two runs in the home half of the third to push its lead back to three runs, at 6-3.
the Lady Mountaineers tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth
inning, Macik drilled a one-out solo home run — her 10th of the season —
to right field to make it 7-4.
NP-L provided the final margin with two runs in the fifth inning.
hit two solo home runs and scored three runs to pace Athens at the
plate, while Pack singled and scored one run, and freshman Ella Coyle
added a single.
Freshman Savannah Persun was tagged with the
loss, allowing nine runs — six earned — on seven hits, while striking
out five and walking five.
Tice earned the win for NP-L, allowing
four runs on four hits, while striking out eight and walking one in six
innings. Addie Smith struck out one in a perfect inning of relief.
Alexia Kshir and Saige Lehman each had two hits, and Smith and Payton Chapel each had two RBI to lead NP-L at the plate.
Athens, now 7-10, returns to action Saturday against Tioga and Waverly in the “Battle of the Border.”