P-O upends Huntingdon for second win of the year|
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
PHILIPSBURG - The Philipsburg-Osceola softball team gave Jim Gonder error-free defense, a solid pitching performance and an offensive attack that smacked 14 hits against Huntingdon on Tuesday afternoon.
While the Lady Mounties put all facets of the game together, one thing missing was a lop-sided score.
P-O jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings and cruised from there against the visiting Lady Bearcats, who plated two late runs to make it a 6-2 final.
The Lady Mounties improved to 2-0 on the young season, and Gonder isn't ready to push the panic button yet after seeing his squad leave 14 runners on base.
"I thought our hitters hit the ball well," said Gonder, "but like I told the kids, ‘we didn't get that one hit to break the game open.' We had a lot of hits and we hit the ball hard. When you have that many hits, you expect to score more runs."
P-O had four players with multi-hit games and was led by Haley Frank's 3-for-4 effort from her second spot in the lineup. Kate Burge, Abby Showers and Megan Bainey added two hits apiece to lead the Lady Mounties' attack, which had hits from nine different players.
Frank and Burge each had a double and two RBIs, while Showers also drove in a pair.
Frank started the scoring after a one-out double in the first, crossing the plate on Burge's sacrifice fly, and Showers drove in the second with an RBI single three hitters later.
The Lady Mounties added three more in the second against Huntingdon pitcher Morgan Glover to take command. Burge lined an RBI double, while Frank and Showers had run-scoring singles.
"I think this lineup is going to produce from Nos. 1-9," Gonder said. "It's a pretty good hitting lineup, and the top of the order has been producing for us this year."
Frank's second RBI single pushed the advantage to six after five innings of play, which allowed Gonder to sub in freshman Chelsey Henry to the pitcher's circle for Burge - who had allowed just two hits up until that point.
Henry struggled finding the strike zone and the Lady Bearcats took advantage of four walks to push across a pair.
A double-play ball with the bases loaded helped Henry, who walked four and allowed one hit on 33 pitches in her one inning of work.
"I'm happy with our defense and I thought Kate was pitching well," said Gonder, "but we wanted to give Chelsey an opportunity. We'll continue to get her the innings to get her some more confidence.
"It's the first time she pitched varsity, and she was probably scared to death. Hopefully the next time she's a little more confident because she throws the ball well."
Burge returned in the seventh to close things out, allowing a two-out single to Brionna Mort before inducing a game-ending groundout.
The Lady Mountie senior allowed three hits on the day - all of which came off Mort's bat. Mort had a pair of doubles before singling in the seventh to inflict the most damage on Burge, who was otherwise unhittable.
Burge ended the contest by scattering the three Mort hits in six innings. Burge finished with five strikeouts and just one walk.
"I think she's 25-for-25 in her career (against us)," Gonder said of Mort. "I don't think we've gotten her out. (Huntingdon) has given us some problems in the past, and their coaches do a good job. They're going to win some games this year."
P-O returns to the diamond on Thursday when it travels to face Tyrone.
Mort c 3130, Mansberger cf 3100, Glover p 2000, Henney ss 3001, Snyder 3b 3011, Shea 1b 1000, Shingler lf 2000, Connor ph-lf 1000, McCrum rf 3000, Varner 2b 3000. Totals: 24-2-4-2.
Gonder c 4010, Frank cf 4132, Ke. Burge 1b 4210, Ka. Burge p-dp-p 3122, Showers ss 4022, Goss rf 3010, Hayward 3b 2010, Wagner ph 1000, Shedlock dp 2010, Henry dp-p-dp 1100, Bainey lf 4120, Myers 2b (flex) 0000. Totals: 32-6-14-6.
Score by Innings
Huntingdon 000 002 0-2 4 3
Philipsburg-Osceola 230 010 x-6 14 0
Errors-Henney 2, Snyder. LOB-Huntingdon 8, P-O 14. DP-Huntingdon 1, P-O 1. 2B-Mort 2; Frank, Ka. Burge. SF-Ka. Burge. SB-Mort, Mansberger; Bainey. HBP-Goss (by Glover). WP-Henry.
Huntingdon: Glover-6 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.
P-O: Ka. Burge-6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO; Henry-1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 0 SO.
WP-Ka. Burge (2-0). LP-Glover.