Alexis Bower pitched a 1-hit shutout and hit a two-run home run as Williamsport blanked St. Mary's 2-0 on the road Monday and captured its second straight Central Penn League championship. The title ensures Williamsport (15-2, 6-0) of no worse than a No. 2 seed for the District 2-4 Class AAAA playoffs. The Millionaires also won that last year.
"It's good for the girls to get back-to-back titles and to get it in a tight game that we have to used to for playoffs," coach Quint Bower said. "It was a very good game and both pitchers threw well, we just got the big hit when we needed it."
That came in the third inning when Bower crushed a two-run home run. She also pitched 6 1/3 innings of perfect softball, allowing only a bloop single with one out in the seventh while also striking out 13.
Maddy Yorke and Mariah Berguson each had two RBIs to lead Liberty past Cowanesque Valley, 7-3. Berguson and Rachel Strange each had a double as well.
Williamsport 2, St. Mary's 0
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Alexis Bower and Marissa Crane. Guinter and McGowan.
Top Williamsport hitters: Bower 1-2, 2-run HR; Brooke Pompeo 1-2; Samantha Fischer 1-2, 2B.
Records: Williamsport 15-2, 6-0 CPL.
Next Game: Williamsport at Milton, Wednesday.
Liberty 7, Cowanesque Valley 3
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Nikki McCaslin and Rachel Strange. S. Ianson and Mikayla Andrews. WP-McCaslin. LP-Ianson.
Top Liberty hitters: Maddy Yorke 2 RBIs; Rachel Strange 2-4, 2B, RBI; Maddy Wise 1-4, RBI; Mariah Berguson 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kortney Powlison 1-4, RBI. Top Cowanesque Valley hitters: Schaver 2-4; Andrews 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Baubaker 1-3; Yourkie 1-3; Foreman 2-3.
Records: Liberty 5-10 (3-4 NTL West). Next game: Galeton at Liberty, today; Williamson at Liberty, dh continuation, Wednesday.