District 6 Class AA softball

High school softball: Philipsburg-Osceola pounces on Mount Union errors for District 6 playoff win

For the CDTMay 21, 2013 

— Philipsburg-Osceola did what it always does, Mount Union didn’t.

The result was the Lady Mountie softball team posted a 5-1 win over the Lady Trojans in the District 6 Class AA softball quarterfinals and will face Bellwood-Antis on Thursday while Mount Union will begin thinking ahead to next year.

What the Lady Trojans didn’t do was handle the ball cleanly, committing five errors in the game, and what P-O did was take advantage of the miscues to score three of its five runs.

“We made a lot of mistakes in the field,” said Mount Union coach Matt Fiscus. “We made way too many mistakes for this time of year. We made mistakes I didn’t see coming. We just didn’t play well in the field.”

Then Fiscus pointed to the scoreboard in center field where P-O’s two PIAA titles are commemorated.

“They don’t have two state titles because they don’t know how to play ball,” he said. “It’s part of softball to make the other team pay when they make mistakes. I thought we did OK hitting-wise today, but our fielding was not where it needs to be in the playoffs.”

But the Lady Trojans didn’t have an outfielder tall enough to catch Abby Showers’ two-run homer as it easily cleared the fence in center field to give the Lady Mounties a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Haley Frank was hit by a pitch to start the inning and two outs later Showers unloaded her fourth homer of the season.

“Obviously, Abby’s homer was the key to the game,” said P-O coach Jim Gonder. “That put us up 2-0 and with Kate (Burge) pitching I felt pretty good because that meant they had to score three runs to beat us. Abby is really hitting the heck out of the ball there in the middle of the lineup. She’s hitting well over .500. She’s really having a Mackenzie Wilson (shortstop on the 2011 state championship team) type of season and I didn’t think I’d be saying that for a while.”

Mount Union got back one of the runs in the second inning when Chapin Guiliante singled, took second on a sacrifice and scored on Marissa Dimoff’s triple over Aisha Goss’s head in left. But Burge struck out Lauren Shugarts to strand Dimoff and end the inning.

Mount Union’s defense began leaking oil in the third when Alyssa Shedlock led off by reaching on an error, moving to second on Frank’s sacrifice and scoring on McKenzie Burge’s double to the fence in left-center.

In the fourth, Megan Bainey got aboard on an error and scored on an errant throw one battler later.

P-O’s fifth run came in the fifth when McKenzie Burge reached on a walk and scored when no one was covering second base on a sacrifice attempt and the throw went into left field.

“The last couple of days we’ve been working on our short game, bunting, being aggressive on the bases,” Gonder said. “(Megan) Bainey’s run was an easy run for us.”

Kate Burge struck out nine and walked one while giving up five hits., two of them to Dimoff, the only player with two hits in the game. Marissa Aurand allowed only four P-O hits but walked three in taking the loss.

P-O will entertain Bellwood-Antis, last year’s Class A district champion, at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Lady Blue Devils beat Penns Valley 5-3 on Monday.

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