PLYMOUTH MEETING — The Section 1 and District 1 softball champion Lakeland Little League All-Stars began the Pennsylvania Little League softball championships right where they left off.
Behind a dominant pitching performance by Savannah Thurber and a few clutch hits, Lakeland opened the tournament with a 6-0 win over Section 2 champion Carmichaels on Tuesday at the Plymouth Township Little League Field Complex.
Thurber was spectacular in the circle.
Besides pitching her fourth shutout of the postseason, Thurber didn’t give up a hit on Tuesday. She allowed just a handful of baserunners on three walks and an error. She also limited her opponents opportunities by recording 12 strikeouts.
Offensively, the team continued to roll as well. In eight postseason games, Lakeland has scored 85 runs, and never scored less that six in a contest. The team is outscoring its opponents by an average of 10.6 to 1.5.
Leading the team this time around was Emily Vennare, who ripped a double, scored and drove in two runs. Madalyn Enterline was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Jaidyn Jordan, Lainie Harrington and Jillie Mihoci each had a hit. Ashlee Barabas, Emily Enterline and Jordan each scored a run.
Lakeland will be back in action today in winner’s bracket semifinal action. The locals will face Lower Perkiomen at 7 p.m.
Peterson to rejoin AC coaching staff
Allegheny has announced the addition of two new members of its baseball coaching staff, including Hall of Famer Dean Peterson.
Head coach Brandon Crum also added Matt Riebesell as a volunteer assistant.
Peterson concluded his three-year career as one of the most dominant closers in NCAA Division III history. He finished with a 6-6 record and 26 saves, which were the second most in D-III lore at the time and remain tied for 18th. His performance was enough to draw the interest of professional scouts as the Boston Red Sox drafted Peterson in the ninth round (247th overall) of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft following his junior campaign.
Following his playing career, Peterson returned to Allegheny, where he worked as an assistant coach while finishing his degree until 2001.