Execution hampers Tyrone girls softball in close loss to Penns Valley

Hilary McNelis pitched her heart out at Penns Valley for the Tyrone Lady Eagles softball team on Tuesday, only to see the Lady Rams pull out a 4-3 win in extra innings.
McNelis scattered six hits, fanned nine and walking four in a complete-game performance that desrved better.
Hilary also provided all of the offense for Tyrone going downtown twice for two homeruns and all three Tyrone RBIs, including a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning to give Tyrone a temporary 3-2 lead.
Penns Valley came back to knot the game again and then scored in the ninth with the help of an Tyrone error to notch the 4-3 win.
Christie Wiest pitched a beautiful game for Penns Valley, striking out 16 and walking just two to pick up the victory for the Lady Rams. April Judy came through for Penns Valley with two RBIs and Heather Staer drove in the winning tally in the bottom of the ninth with a clutch double.
We went through some growing pains today and it cost us,” said Tyrone coach Lois Loncher. “Defensively, we have to execute better and we will. Hilary pitched a super game and her two home runs kept us in the game.”
Katie Whitby, Heather Stanton and Kim Cherry each had one hit for the Lady Eagles and Whitby and Meghan McAllister drew walks.
The Lady Eagles (1-1) will host Lewistown today at the Harry B. Sickler Athletic Complex. The first pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
Penns Valley 4 Tyrone 3, 9 innings
TYRONE – Whitby, cf, 4-1-1; Stanton, 1b, 3-0-1; Stager, ss, 4-0-0; McNelis, p, 4-2-2; Bryan, 3b, 4-0-0; Cherry, c, 3-0-1; McAllister, dp, 3-0-0; Schreckengost, lf, 1-0-0; Catich, ss-2b, 3-0-0; Ripka, 2b, 4-0-0; Pennabaker, rf, 0-0-0. TOTALS 33-3-5.
PENNS VALLEY – Leitch, cf-rf, 5-1-1; Schrieber, rf, 4-0-0; Staer, ss, 4-1-1; Myers, 3b, 3-0-0; Wiest, p, 3-1-0; Frankenberger, c, 4-1-1; Judy, 1b, 4-1-1, Meyers, dp, 3-0-0; Heinrich, 2b, 4-0-2, Glasgow, lf, 0-0-0. TOTALS 34-4-6.
Tyrone 002 000 010 3-5-4.
Penns Valley 020 000 011 4-6-1.
Multiple Hits: (T) McNelis 2, (PV) Heinrich 2.
2B: (PV) Wiest 1, Frankenberger 1, Judy 1.
HR: (T) McNelis 2.
RBI: (T) McNelis 3, (PV) Judy 2, Staer 2.
SO: (T) McNelis 9, (PV) Wiest 16.
BB: (T) McNelis 4, (PV) Wiest 2.
WP: Wiest LP: McNelis