Bucktail softball suffers first defeat of season with loss to Montgomery
By KEVIN RAUCH
For The Express
FARWELL- It was anything but typical Bucktail softball as Montgomery came to Farwell looking to hand the Bucks their first loss of the seasonabd avenge a 19-2 Bucktail win earlier in the season at Montgomery.
The tables were completely turned this time around as it was the Red Raiders playing the visiting spoiler by registering a 12-1 ten-rule win to a shocked Bucktail team.
Bucktail is currently down two starters and are forced to have players in unfamiliar positions, and like any good team, Montgomery capitalized early and often.
The Red Raiders led 1-0 when a seemingly routine play in the infield led to a miscue where no fielder covered second base. That play not only kept the inning going but led to a rally that wouldn’t stop until Montgomery held a 6-0 lead.
The visiting team grabbed the lead and chased starting pitcher Emma Poorman from the game as more miscues followed.
Bucktail would only be charged with three errors on the game but Montgomery magnified every wayward play by the Bucktail defense including scoring four runs on passed balls.
“You’re never going to win when you give up 12 runs on four hits, never,” said a frustrated Mike Poorman after the game.
However, Poorman has already moved on and was quick to point out to his team that they are 14-1 and basically traded wins and losses with the Montgomery as the two represent the best of the Mid Penn D-4.
“Hopefully this was a wakeup call to our team, we went down there and beat them 19-2 and look what that loss has done for them,” Poorman said. The Red Raiders are currently 11-2 with their only other loss coming to South Williamsport.
“We’re missing two starters and that team, which is a great team, completely exposed the holes that we have as a result,” the coach continued. “Emily Snyder (Montgomery pitcher) pitched a solid, consistent game. She had a good performance today.”
Faith Persing picked up three of the four Red Raiders hits but ironically it was Morgan Tupper’s two-run double just shy of the right-center fence that may have been the biggest of the game. Tupper’s blast moved the game to 3-0 and demanded the momentum of the game that Montgomery rode the rest of the afternoon.
Emma and Myka Poorman combined to allow just five earned runs as the other seven were unearned. Emma re-entered the game after Myka came on in relief in the second inning.
Bucktail and Montgomery currently each have one loss (to each other) in League play, another tool that Poorman is not only proud of but hopes to use to re-ignite his team.
“If we beat Saint John Neumann and CMVT (the final two league games) the worst we can do is be co-champs in the Mid Penn, that’s what we’re focused on now,”Poorman said.
Poorman also noted the out of league games will be tough as well, something that he said he’s glad to see heading into the stretch just before the postseason.
MT 0 6 2 2 2- 12 4 3
BT 0 1 0 0 0- 1 3 3
Top Hitters: Montgomery; Faith Persing 3-4, Morgan Tupper 1-3. Bucktail; Jordan Burrows 1-3, Emily Cross 1-2, Rachel Goss 1-2.
Pitching: Montgomery; Snyder 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 3BB, 7K.
Bucktail: Emma Poorman (L) 3.2 innings, 2 hits, 5 earned runs, 9BB, 5K. Myka Poorman 1.1 innings, 2 hits, 0ER, 1K.
Bucktail’s next Game: Tuesday May 7 Bucktail (14-1) hosting St. John Neumann Academy.