Noelle Colligan

Long Reach senior Noelle Colligan crosses home plate during the a 15-2 Lightning victory over Oakland Mills on Thursday. (Photo submitted by Israel Carunungan / April 25, 2013)

Long Reach was all business against Oakland Mills Thursday afternoon, scoring seven runs in the first inning and keeping its foot on the accelerator the rest of the way en route to a 15-2 victory.

The five-inning win completed a season sweep for the Lightning over the Scorpions.

Isa Carunungan got the job done on the pitching rubber for Long Reach, striking out two, allowing just two hits and two earned runs. Carunungan also delivered at the plate with two RBI, two runs scored and a triple.

The truth is, though, everyone contributed in some way for the Lightning. Nine of the 10 Long Reach players that got an at bat ended up scoring at least one run and all 10 reached base.


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Heather McKay was named the player of the game after scoring three runs, doubling as one of her two hits and producing an RBI. Alina Milauskas (two singles, run, RBI, stolen base), Emily Forbus (2 singles, RBI, run) and Andrea Padilla (walk, single, run) were all key contributors.

Kelsey Widmaier subbed for Padilla in the fourth and scored two runs, reaching base on a single in the fifth.

The team’s captains, Forbus, Milauskas and Noelle Colligan, combined to score four runs, knock in five runs and produce five hits.

Oakland Mills’ Heidi Larsen got the start on the pitching rubber, but was replaced shortly after by Tori Gordon. Gordon helped get the Scorpions’ offense going in the bottom of the first by leading off with a single and later coming around to score. Sydney Heflinger scored the team’s other run in the first by walking and then eventually scoring on a Long Reach error.

Oakland Mills’ other hit came in the fifth inning by Alexis Shelton and that helped the Scorpions actually load the bases. But Long Reach escaped the jam by getting a double play to end the game.

Long Reach 15, Oakland Mills 2

            123 45             R-H-E

LR       730 41             15-12-4

OM     200 00             2-2-5