Just two games into the season, the McConnellsburg softball team has already equaled its win total from 2015, earning its first win since April 1, 2015 with a 18-8 non-league rout of St. James in five innings.

Dating back to April 2013, the Lady Spartans produced only a 4-59 record, but in the opening weeks, the team is showing some heart.

"Once we get everybody going we should win a few this year," McConnellsburg coach Junior Swope said.

A batting order led off by Lindsay Randler combined for nine of McConnellsburg's 11 hits in the shortened game. Carly Swope, who hits second, went 4-for-4, while Madison Koontz was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Bridgette Ritchey was 2-for-4 with a home run for the Spartans (1-1).

"We were hitting the ball pretty good in the fourth inning,"  Swope said. "Their pitcher (Schlotterback) is a really good ballplayer, but the top of the order had the majority of the hits."

McConnellsburg's winning pitcher was freshman Samantha Hensley; she threw the final three innings, striking out two with no walks.


Fannett-Metal's Makayla O'Donel had an explosive offensive performance Monday to aid her team in a 11-3 non-league win over Hancock.

O'Donel went 3-for-3 at the plate, bringing in four runs, and stole four bases in the Lady Tigers' first win of the season.

"We played like a team on a mission," Fannett-Metal coach Michael DeAngelo said. "We got four (runs) in the top of the first and never let up."

DeAngelo said it was a "complete team win" as Brooke Harris and Kassie Holtry also knocked in multiple runs and had a pair of nice outings on the mound. Morgan Ritchey and Jamie Adams also had multiple hits for the Tigers (1-1).

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