PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola did what it always does, Mount Union didnt.
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 didnt 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 didnt see coming. We just didnt play well in the field.
Then Fiscus pointed to the scoreboard in center field where P-Os two PIAA titles are commemorated.
They dont have two state titles because they dont know how to play ball, he said. Its 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 didnt 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, Abbys 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. Shes hitting well over .500. Shes really having a Mackenzie Wilson (shortstop on the 2011 state championship team) type of season and I didnt think Id 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 Dimoffs triple over Aisha Gosss head in left. But Burge struck out Lauren Shugarts to strand Dimoff and end the inning.
Mount Unions defense began leaking oil in the third when Alyssa Shedlock led off by reaching on an error, moving to second on Franks sacrifice and scoring on McKenzie Burges 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-Os 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 weve been working on our short game, bunting, being aggressive on the bases, Gonder said. (Megan) Baineys 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 years Class A district champion, at 4 p.m. Thursday. The Lady Blue Devils beat Penns Valley 5-3 on Monday.