BY JEFF FALK
PALMYRA – If there’s been one Palmyra girls’ athletic program which hasn’t enjoyed the type of overwhelming success that the others have, it’s softball. But all that might be changing.
On a gusty Tuesday evening at Palmyra High School, the Cougars continued their prosperous start to the spring season by steamrolling Harrisburg 11-0, in a Mid-Penn Keystone Division clash shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. With Palmyra dominating in every phase of the game, Cougar starter Abbey Krahling and reliever Sarah Quigley combined for an abbreviated no-hitter.
The result pushed Palmyra to 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the Keystone Division.
“Winning the conference is definitely one of our team goals,” said Palmyra head coach Tod Whitman. “The dynamic of our division is it’s pretty wide open. There’s teams who traditionally do well who aren’t, and there’s teams who don’t traditionally do well who are. It’s wide open, and I love that. There’s confidence with this group. What’s exciting for us is that we’ve beaten some good teams.
“I really don’t know, but I’m not sure if Palmyra has ever won a conference (championship),” continued Whitman. “It’s been a while. We’ve got team goals wrapped around districts too, and team goals wrapped around stuff this program hasn’t seen in a long time.”
Before giving way to Quigley in the top of the fourth, A. Krahling worked three perfect innings, striking out the Harrisburg side in the first and third frames. The senior right-hander whiffed a total of seven batters.
Quigley hurled the final two innings, fanning two and walking two. Harrisburg did not hit a ball out of the infield all afternoon long.
“Abbey looked strong,” said Whitman. “She was a little jacked up in the first inning. But she was very efficient today. She tends to go deep in counts. We’ve got three games this week and Quigley hasn’t pitched yet this season. We want to have confidence when we bring her in. Abbey is our clear number-one, but you can’t ride one pitcher for a whole season.”
It took a bit for the Cougar offense to get underway, but once it did it churned out runs.