By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
North Marion High School’s Danielle “D-Der” Fluharty and Amanda Sigley helped spark a surge Monday that carried the Huskies to glory over Lincoln, 6-3.
Fluharty threw lights out during the conference game.
“I’ve said this all year long — she’s a competitor,” North Marion head coach Brad Harker said. “When she has the ball in her hand, she wants to win. That’s evident because you can’t rattle her. She’s going to keep on throwing.”
In the win, Fluharty threw a complete game, striking out six Lincoln hitters.
The strikeouts helped carry her momentum to the plate. At the dish, Fluharty combined for two clutch hits and two RBIs.
“I just try to get a mindset and try to stay focused so I can throw a good game and have quality at-bats,” Fluharty said. “On the mound, I like to intimidate people and that leads to me feeding from good plays from our defense or strikeouts. Having a good defense behind me allows me to have confidence heading into an at-bat.”
That’s exactly what she did. In the first inning, Fluharty made the Cougars look silly, going 1-2-3.
Shasta King led the game off with a single. Chelsi Latocha walked.
That brought Fluharty to the plate with runners at both first and second with no one out. She drilled a single, leaving the bases loaded for Sigley.
“Being the fourth batter, it makes me nervous because I know that there is going to be other people in front of me,” Sigley said. “I have to make sure that I hit the ball so all of the other runners can score, which results in RBIs.”
Sigley took a fastball down the heart of the plate and turned on it fast. Before Lincoln could blink, Latocha and Fluharty crossed the plate, giving North an early 2-0 lead.