PHOTO: Ella McNeff works on her bunting technique during pregame drills beyond the outfield fence at Beard Field. (Tom Robinson Photo)
By Tom Robinson, NEPASportsNation.com
UNIVERSITY PARK — Some key statistics for the Tunkhannock softball team that takes on Beaver Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 4A state championship game.
Statistic: Ella McNeff’s team-leading runs scored. The rest of the story: The sophomore leadoff hitter combines a .413 batting average with 14 walks for a .519 on-base percentage. She also has 10 stolen bases.
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Statistics: Sticking with the traditional numbers of home runs, RBI and batting average for sophomore catcher Paige Marabell. The rest of the story: Marabell leads the team in all three categories.
Statistic: The number of .400 hitters in the Tunkhannock lineup. The rest of the story: Gabby Wood (.419) and Nicole Howell (.405) join Marabell and McNeff above the .400 mark.
Statistic: Tunkhannock’s team batting average. The rest of the story: All nine batters in Tunkhannock’s most frequent lineup are hitting .290 or better, helping the team average.
Statistic: Kaya Hannon strikeout total. The rest of the story: Sophomore Hannon has pitched every inning for the Lady Tigers, going 23-2 with a 1.44 earned run average. She has allowed 106 hits and 28 walks in 155 2/3 innings.
Statistic: Runs allowed by Tunkhannock and Hannon in three state tournament games. The rest of the story: With the first-round game going nine innings, Hannon has pitched 23 innings for an 0.30 state tournament ERA. She has allowed 12 hits and 6 walks while striking out 32.
Statistic: Tunkhannock scoring margin on the season. The rest of the story: The Lady Tigers have outscored teams 196-34 while going 23-1 since opening their season with a loss at Williamsport.