By Tom Robinson, NEPASportsNation.com
Some key statistics for the Tunkhannock softball team that plays for a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state Class 4A title Friday at 1:30 p.m. against Clearfield.
Statistic: Strikeouts by pitcher Kaya Hannon. The rest of the story: Hannon has walked just 31 in 143 2/3 innings. She is 19-5 with a 1.85 earned run average. Hannon has 441 strikeouts in her two high school seasons.
Statistic: Extra-base hits by Gabby Wood. The rest of the story: Wood has a team-high 11 doubles and shares the team home run lead with Paige Marabell. Wood also leads the team with 37 RBI and shares the lead in runs with 29 with Ella McNeff.
Statistic: Tunkhannock’s state tournament team batting average. The rest of the story: After batting .346 as a team in the regular season, the Lady Tigers improved to .365 during the District 2 tournament and now .387 with 30 hits in three state tournament games, two of which were just five-inning games because of their 10-run victories.
Statistic: Runs scored by Tunkhannock over the last 11 games. The rest of the story: The Lady Tigers scored 99 runs in the first 15 games, an average of 6.6. The offense has improved down the stretch, managing 9.8 runs per game over the last 11.
Statistic: Consecutive scoreless innings for pitcher Kaya Hannon and the Tunkhannock defense. The rest of the story: The last time the Lady Tigers were scored upon was in the bottom of the first inning of the state tournament opener when Shamokin managed an unearned run. In the 16 innings since, Hannon has allowed just 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 14.