In a final tune-up before starting their postseason softball playoffs Friday night, the Littlestown High Lady Bolts played host to the Boiling Springs Lady Bubblers on Thursday afternoon.

What they got was a lackluster performance on Senior Day that resulted in a 12-1 win in five innings by the Lady Bubblers (15-5).

Boiling Springs right-hander Julia Fitting was just too tough for the Lady Bolts (12-6) as she limited them to four hits while striking out four and walking two.

"You can't take anything away from Boiling Springs," Littlestown coach Chet Ripple said. "They have a great program, great pitcher, great hitting and a great defense.

"We have had a rough week. This is our third game this week so far and I think we are a little tired. We came out flat on our senior night so there was a lot of emotion. Obviously this was not where they wanted to be."

The Lady Bubblers wasted little time getting their offense going against Littlestown starting pitcher Aly Schroeder. After leadoff hitter Kait Fox grounded out, five straight batters reached base. Two singles and a walk set up a bases-loaded situation for Annie Purvis, who quickly knocked in a couple of runs with a booming double to right field.

After Fitting walked to reload the bases, Lauren Otto knocked in the third run with a groundout. Becca Glessner then made it 5-0 with a two-run single up the middle.

After a quick 1-2-3 inning by the Lady Bolts, the Lady Bubblers were right back at them in the second inning.


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A single and a walk brought up Purvis with another chance to do some damage. She responded with another long hit, this time over the center fielder's head that resulted in two more RBIs and a triple. Glessner also had another big hit in the inning, this time a two-run single that gave Boiling Springs a 9-0 lead.

Ripple decide to give Schroeder the rest of the game off and went with junior right-hander Courtney Masemer inn the third inning. He didn't regret it as she kept the Lady Bolts in the game with two shutout innings while allowing only one hit.

Littlestown finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning on Danielle Cashman's single and Nicole Snider's triple. Two popups to the infield and a strikeout, however, prevented the Lady Bolts from doing more.

Boiling Springs put the game away in the fifth inning on singles by Heather Martinez and Fox and a three-run home run by Kim Rogers.

That was all Fitting needed as she retired the Lady Bolts in the bottom of the fifth for the win.

"Yesterday was our senior day and I think our girls were still pretty fired up about it," Boiling Springs coach Steve Darichicourt said. "We played Red Lion a couple of weeks ago and got stomped. We wanted to come down here and show that we can play softball with the York-Adams teams.

"We have been following Littlestown, so we knew they were capable of playing. We were just ready to play today."

The Lady Bolts have to put the game behind them quickly. They face the Delone Catholic Squirettes today at Spring Grove in the semifinals of the YAIAA playoffs. The game is scheduled for 5 o'clock.