LOYSBURG — Everett’s theme this spring is to hand a toy size school bus to who the coaches choose as the player of the game.
That ritual was quite apropos on Tuesday, as the Lady Warriors sent their real bus rolling home early with a 14-4 victory in five innings at Northern Bedford.
“We call it the positive energy bus,” said Everett coach Jackie Levy. “The girls came up with a ‘beep, beep’ chant and everything.”
The visitors had that positive energy going in the top of the fifth inning, as they batted around to score seven runs and then close out the contest via the mercy rule.
With one out, Taylor Sobzack reached safely on an infield error, and singles by Lainie Treece and Shelby Schleinkofer loaded the bases.
Sobzack and Treece scored on consecutive fielder’s choice groundballs by Ella Hinish and Kristen Ewing, respectively, that saw everyone safe on both plays.
The Lady Panthers got another grounder in which they tallied a force out at home plate, but Everett’s Alex Iseminger and Katie Price used their bats to break the game wide open.
Iseminger, who was awarded the school bus in the postgame huddle, hit her second double of the game and it plated three runs.
Price stepped in and drove a pitch just over the fence in center field for a two-run home run that gave the Lady Warriors the 10-run advantage.
Northern loaded the bases with in the bottom half, but Ewing worked around it to secure the five-inning win.
“We hit the ball well,” said Levy. “We had timely hits and we were patient at the plate. We’re starting to get our defense going, and we’re moving in the right direction.”
After both teams scored a run in the first inning, Everett put up five in the top of the second. Lexi Grubb, pinch running for Sobzack, crossed the plate on a bases loaded walk and Ewing’s RBI single scored Treece.
Colledge hit a fly ball that was caught, but it was deep enough between center and right field to bring both Schleinkofer and Hinish around. Iseminger followed with a run-scoring double.
The Lady Panthers got back into the game by scoring three times in the bottom of the third. A hit by Alaina Stuckey and walks to Sarah Bowser and Madison Johnson loaded the bases for Mary Stenning.
Stenning’s grounder became an error and Stuckey scored on the play, before Allie Snider’s two-run single drove home Bowser and Johnson.
Everett, which had five extra-base hits on the day, added to its lead in the fourth. Ewing led off with a triple, and she scored two batters later on Iseminger’s groundout to shortstop.
Iseminger had two hits and four RBIs, while Price and Sobzack also had two hits.
Stuckey had two hits for Northern Bedford.
“I would have liked for us to be a little more aggressive,” said NBC coach Christa Moyer. “We’ll learn from that. We left a lot of girls on base (10), but we had a couple hard shots right at them too, though, that could have cleared the bases.
“Everett played a good game and hit the ball well. We’ll go back at it against Fannett-Metal.”
Fannett-Metal is the next opponent for both squads. Everett is there today, and Northern visits tomorrow.
EVERETT 14, NORTHERN BEDFORD 4 (5 innings)
Everett 150 17 — 14 10 3
Northern Bedford 103 00 — 4 6 2
Everett (14) — Ella Hinish, 2b, 3201; Kristen Ewing, p, 4412; Brooke Colledge, cf, 4113; Alex Iseminger, c, 4124; Katie Price, 3b, 3122; Emily Browning, lf, 4000; Taylor Sobzack, 1b, 3120; Lainie Treece, ss, 2210; Shelby Schleinkofer, rf, 2110; Lexi Grubb, pr, 0100. Totals: 29 14 10 12. Northern Bedford (4) — Deerin Davis, c, 4110; Brittany Ebersole, ss, 3000; Alaina Stuckey, lf, 4121; Sarah Bowser, 1b, 1110; Madison Johnson, 3b, 2100; Mary Stenning, dp, 3000; Allie Snider, 2b, 3012; Sarah Heck, p, 3010; Makayla Kochara, rf, 1000; Hannah Bechtel, cf-flex, 0000; Taylor Nycum, cf, 0000. Totals: 24 4 6 3. 2B — E: Alex Iseminger 2. 3B — E: Brooke Colledge, Kristen Ewing. HR — E: Katie Price.