The number zero had been stuck on the Princeton Tigresses for three games in a row. Zero as in no runs scored against L-P, St. Bede and Streator.
On Tuesday, the Tigresses broke out in a big way, banging out 13 hits in a 10-0 win over IVC in NCIC softball play at Little Siberia Field.
The Tigresses scored three runs in the third, six in the fourth and evoked the 10-run rule in the sixth on a bloop hit by Kat Pranka off the shortstop’s glove.
“We’ve been shutout three games in a row, so that was big,” PHS coach Bob James said. “The L-P and St. Bede games we faced really good pitching and had a couple kids who hit. The Streator game Monday was had. We didn’t hit the ball well. Our approach was bad, everything thing was bad.
“(Tuesday) was refreshing. We hit the ball hard from the get-go. Hopefully we got he ball rolling.”
Pranka led the PHS hit parade with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, driving in four runs with a double. Heidi James (double, 2 RBIs), Makenzey Wilson (2 RBIs), Mollie Bates (double, RBI) and Steph Farrell all added two hits.
Freshman southpaw Madison Menzel shut out the Grey Ghosts on two hits, fanning six.
The Tigresses evened their record to 2-2 in the NCIC for second place behind St. Bede, and 7-8 overall. PHS will host its Senior Night Friday before its game with LaMoille/Ohio.
Riverdale 5, Bureau Valley 4: The Rams pushed a run across in the top of the seventh at Manlius Monday on a leadoff double and an error for the Three Rivers Conference win.
The Storm struck first on pitcher Irini Petros’ two-run single in the first inning to take a 2-1 lead. Petros added a RBI hit in the third to regain a 4-3 Storm edge. Riverdale tied the game at four with a run in the fifth.
In the end, Riverdale’s Sadie Mosher got the best of the Storm, striking out 15 batters while scattering five hits and a walk for the win. Petros fanned 10 in the loss.
Erie/Prophetstown 4, Bureau Valley 1: Emily Phillips had two hits in Tuesday’s Three Rivers loss on the road.
Princeton 11, Streator 8 (F/S): Sarah Ray was the winning pitcher at Streator Monday with relief help from Maddie Cain, who helped the cause with a RBI double.
The Tigresses lost Tuesday at Chillicothe.
Junior college: IVCC advanced to the Region IV final this weekend after taking two out of three games over Blackhawk on Tuesday. IVCC posted 1-0 and 8-7 wins around a 5-3 setback.
Princeton 7, IVC 5: Isaac Salazar knocked in three runs with two hits and Levi Bates added two hits with an RBI as the Kittens topped the Grey Ghosts Monday. Winning pitcher Zach Friel struck out four in five innings.
Princeton 28, Manual 0: The Kittens scored runs by the dozen Tuesday at Prather Field. Chaz Williams had a double with two RBIs and two runs scored. Winning pitcher Luke Hoffman tossed three scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
Bureau Valley 5, E/P 4 (5): Winning pitcher Sean Shepard brought in the winning run with a walk-off walk in the bottom of the 10th.
The BV varsity lost to E/P on the road 6-1.