BRISTOL - With her team clinging to a tight 2-1 lead over Massachusetts, Pennsylvania‚Äôs Gianna Goodman was called out trying to steal home on a bases-loaded passed ball to end the fourth inning in a Little League Softball East Regional Tournament game on Monday.¬†
Pennsylvania manager Cory Goodman, however, challenged the play, and upon video replay review, Gianna was called safe.
Moments later, Mikaiya Hills scored on another passed ball and Lily Reidy drove an RBI double to left field for a critical turning point in a 5-1 victory.¬†
Also helping Pennsylvania (2-0) get past Massachusetts (1-1) and advance to a 7 p.m. game Tuesday against the winner of a game between New York and Connecticut was another brilliant start turned in by pitcher Alizabeth Schuler.¬†
Pennsylvania‚Äôs right-handed ace was in control during Sunday‚Äôs tourney-opening victory over New Jersey.¬†
On Monday, she was dominant again, allowing one unearned run in a two-hitter, striking out 10 with no walks on just 66 pitches.
Schuler‚Äôs performance came a little more than 24 hours after she surrendered just two runs on six hits on 57 pitches in six innings against New Jersey.¬†
On offense, Pennsylvania got off to a hot start against Massachusetts with a 2-0 first-inning lead on RBI singles by Kendall Cardone and Lacey Kriebel to score Sage Lorson and Cardone, but the team left the bases loaded on a fly out to end the inning.¬†
However, after a Pennsylvania error that led to an RBI single by Lizzy Bettencourt to score Avery Grieco in the top of the fourth inning, Schuler ended the frame with a strikeout to keep it a 2-1 Pennsylvania lead.¬†
Due to impending thunderstorms and heavy rainfall that forced them to head back early to their dorm rooms, no managers or players were available for comment after the game.¬†
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