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STAFF PHOTO/ ALICE STUFFLE Lackawanna Trail sophomore Samantha Baltrusaitis rips a hit against Mountain View.

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The Lackawanna Trail softball team opened the season off on the right foot, winning its first two games in Division IV of the Lackawanna League.

The Lady Lions edged Susquehanna 6-5 in its season opener on Tuesday, April 11, before cruising to a 16-0 win Thursday over Mountain View.

Trail would suffer its first loss with an 8-0 setback at Dunmore on Monday in a Division III-IV crossover game.

At Dunmore, the Lady Bucks got on the board with two runs in the third, scored three more in the fourth and put the game away with three more runs in the next two innings.

Trail was limited to just three hits, which came from seniors Madison Lee and Allison Strauch and junior Ally Decker.

Decker took the loss, scattering 13 hits and allowing five earned runs with five strikeouts and five walks in six innings.

Against the Lady Eagles, Trail broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the second and five more in the third before coming alive for seven runs in the fourth to end the game early via the 15-run rule.

The third inning was highlighted by RBI singles from junior Laurelann Penn, sophomore Samantha Baltrusaitis and junior Karley Cresswell en route to the 9-0 lead.

In the fourth, senior Madisyn Peoples drove in two runs and Lee, Baltrusaitis, Penn and junior Lydia Dunckle all drove in runs.

Decker twirled a gem in the win, allowing just one hit and striking out rive in the shutout.

Trail’s defense also did not commit any errors, which was a definite improvement from its game against Susquehanna.

In the opener, the Lady Sabers scored two runs in the first and third innings for the early lead, then increased their lead to five with another run in the fifth.

But Trail would rally in a big way in the bottom of the frame, with Baltrusaitis belting a grand slam to cut the deficit to one.

The Lady Lions would then score two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and Decker was able to retire the side for the win.

Baltrusaitis finished with two hits, while Penn also had two hits, including a triple, and scored twice to lead Trail.

Also for the Lady Lions, senior Lee also tripled and drove in a run, Cresswell doubled and senior Allison Strauch had a hit and scored twice.

Decker scattered four hits and struck out seven while walking three in the complete game win. All five runs scored by Susquehanna were unearned.

The Lady Lions will be back in action when they host Blue Ridge on Thursday.