Bucks fall to Montgomery in softball
Even with no softball a year ago it was expected this year that the Mid Penn would come down to Bucktail, Montgomery and Muncy as a three team race and half way through the season that seems on point with one exception. Montgomery is a half a step ahead of the competition.
Having already beaten Muncy the Lady Red Raiders pulled into Farwell yesterday and sent out Faith Persing to the mound. The junior had not given up a run yet this season helping her team jump out to a 7-0 start.
Montgomery took an early 1-0 in the top of the first with that lead holding until the top of the fourth. With two outs Clara Ulrich sent a ball to left field, scoring two as the Lady Raiders moved to a 3-0 lead.
Bucktail swapped pitchers in the top of the 5th spelling starter Emma Poorman for freshman Mackenzie Wagner. Unfortunately two quick errors by the Bucks defense and Montgomery were up 4-0 after the first two batters had done the damage.
Despite the run being no fault of Wagner’s, she showed poise, not panicking and getting out of the frame with the lead held at four.
The home team’s best chance came in the bottom of the 6th. After Lilly Francis worked a walk Kayla Probert took the plate. Probert’s bunt attempts on the first two pitches had her down 0-2 on Persing, not an ideal place for a first year player. The sophomore proved game though as just two pitches later she broke up Persing’s no-hit bid with a seeing eye single over the third baseman’s head.
Persing would pick up a pair of outs before Wagner took to the plate with two outs. Wagner registered the first two runs of the against Persing with a rope to center field as the Lady Bucks cut the lead to 4-2.
Montgomery would not only get out of the 6th still up 4-2 but they added another unearned run in the top of the 7th, sealing the 5-2 win.
Persing struck out 16 batters in her dominant performance.
“I always say it, pitching, defense and timely hitting is how you win they have it all led by a phenomenal pitcher, probably the best in our area” Bucktail Coach Mike Poorman said after the game. “We weathered the storm, our bats got better towards the end of the game, but defensively we have to get better, four of their five runs were set up on errors, errors put people into position to score and they did” he continued.
“Montgomery is very disciplined at the plate, they make us throw strikes and then come up with big hits, I asked for three change-ups (from starting pitcher Emma Poorman) and all three got belted, they’re a quality team, they’re on top for a reason” Poorman summed of the Lady red Raiders.
Montgomery moves to 8-0 on the season while Bucktail fell to 7-2.
The Lady Bucks will be at Millville on Wednesday who Poorman noted has been playing good softball and he’s glad his girl’s level of competition is staying high.
Montgomery 1 0 0 2 0 1 1-5
Bucktail 0 0 0 0 0 2 0-2
Montgomery pitching: Persing (W) 7 IP, 2 hits, 2 ER, 1BB 16K.
Bucktail pitching: Poorman (L) 5 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 5BB
Wagner 2 IP, 0 hits, 2 runs, 0BB, 3K
Montgomery hitting: F. Persing 2 for 4, RBI; K. Snyder run; B. McRae 1 for 3, run; M. Tupper 0 for 1, RBI; J. Waring 1 for 4; S. McRae 0 for 3, run; S. Ulrich 1 for 4, 2RBI; S. Wooten run.
Bucktail hitting: M. Wagner 1 for 3, 2 RBI; Lilly Francis run; Kayla Probert 1 for 2, run.