Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ianno out for year

Peters Township's softball team received bad news Friday when it learned senior pitcher Shaylee Ianno would be out for the year.

"I did not take it well at all," Indians coach Bea Rhodes said.

Ianno, consistently ranked among WPIAL strikeout leaders and the 2007 Observer-Reporter Player of the Year, blew out her left knee while delivering a pitch during the fourth inning of a game last Monday against Section 4-AAAA opponent Baldwin.

In Ianno's place, Peters Township will rely on sophomore Olivia Bovalina and freshman Morgan Meadows. Neither will produce the number of strikeouts Ianno did, but the Indians are 3-1 since Ianno left the lineup.

"This is probably the best hitting team we've ever had and that's how we're going to have to win games for a while," Rhodes said. "And our defense knows they have to make plays."

Peters Township (6-2, 11-2) is tied with Mt. Lebanon for first place in the section. Trinity is lurking and the Hillers face the Indians on Tuesday.

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