Hepburn Lycoming 9-11 softball finishes second in states
Hepburn Lycoming finished second in the three-team Little League 9-11 state softball championships it hosted, falling 16-0 on Sunday in the title game to a team from the Delaware Valley Youth Athletic Association.
Hepburn reached the final with a 15-1 win over Warren on Saturday. Hepburn revived and hosted the tournament on short notice after it learned early last week the event, originally scheduled for Johnstown, was canceled.
DVYAA, which won the championship game in three innings, had several players from its 2019 entry into the Little League minor softball state tournament. It reached this 9-11 state championship as the Section 8 winner, recovering from an early loss in that bracket. DVYAA plays out of Philadelphia, with players living in the south end near its pro sports stadiums.
Hepburn, which did not face an opponent in either District 12 or Section 3 play, rebounded to win Saturday’s playback game in four innings over Warren. Marley Naugle struck out six in earning the win, allowing six hits and no walks. She also had two hits, scored twice, and drove in two more. Katelyn Solomon scored three times and Abigail Holbrook had 3 hits in the win.
Naugle had Hepburn’s lone hit, a second-inning single, in the championship game defeat. DVYAA scored at least five runs in each of its 3 innings at bat.
Three of Hepburn’s players were from South Williamsport LL. The two leagues combined for a Major Softball team in the regular season that played under South Williamsport LL. Eight of the players on this all-star team were on that Major Softball team. The other three were Minor Softball call-ups from Hepburn.
LITTLE LEAGUE 9-11
DVYAA 565 – 16 16 0
Hepburn 000 – 0 1 2
Sam Snyder, Sophia Kobielnick (2), Gabriella Thompson (3) and Leighton Lieb. Layla Hornberger, Marley Naugle (1), Aubree Shaylor and Brielle Thornton. W – Snyder. L – Hornberger.
Top DVYAA hitters: Snyder 2 hits, 2 runs. Thompson 2 hits, 3 runs, Olivia Romano 3 runs, Lieb 2 hits, 2 runs, Lauren Foy 2 hits, 3 runs, Reese McGuckin 2 hits, 2 runs, Talia Molony 3 hits, Kyleigh Cannizzaro 2 hits. Top Hepburn hitter: Naugle, 1 hit
Hepburn Lycoming 15, Warren 1
Warren 000 1 – 1 5 1
Hepburn (11)22 X – 15 16 1
Taylor and Addison. Marley Naugle and Brielle Thornton. W – Naugle. L – Taylor
Top Hepburn hitters: Katelyn Solomon 3 runs, Thornton 2 hits, 2 runs, Daniella Brigandi 2 hits, Naugle 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI, Abigail Holbrook 3-3. Aubree Shaylor 2 hits, 2 runs, Carly Loudenslager 2 hits, 2RBI.