Westmoreland softball notebook: Double-digit run totals becomes more common
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 6:13 PM
Yes, scoring is up in Westmoreland County softball.
There have been only seven shutouts by county teams so far in this hitters’ delight of a season, while teams scored 10 or more runs a head-turning 16 times through Tuesday.
The question is, who hasn’t been in a game involving double-figure runs?
Coaches say the big numbers are a result of better hitting, lesser pitching, cold weather and timing that is yet to click.
Greensburg Central Catholic put up 15 runs in one win and reached 12 runs two other times.
It’s quite early, and the best pitchers tend to find a higher gear and stay there, but are teams starting to get the bats around more on Ligonier Valley star Maddie Griffin?
The senior and Youngstown State commit — any player, for that matter — would be hard-pressed to top her junior season when Griffin produced 11 no-hitters and five perfect games, 16 shutouts, 316 strikeouts, eight earned runs, a 0.39 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP.
Griffin is 1-2 after going 19-3 last season. She has been dealing with an ankle injury she sustained Monday. She has been playing shortstop when she isn’t pitching.
Through 191⁄3 innings this season, Griffin has allowed six hits — she gave up 28 in 25 games last year — and five runs (12 last year).
An impressive eight county teams hold spots in the latest Trib HSSN rankings.
Hempfield moved to a familiar No. 1 spot in Class 6A, with Norwin close behind at No. 3.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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