It wasn't the offense, it wasn't the defense, it wasn't even the pitching. It was all three that carried Montoursville to a 15-0 romp of Northeast Bradford in the Section 3 Junior Softball tournament at McCall Field in Montoursville Friday evening. The game started Thursday evening but was postponed after an inning and a half due to weather.
Montoursville starting pitcher Kim Foster took the mound on a scorching Friday evening. Foster scorched some batters herself.
Foster went three innings allowing only one hit, two walks, and striking out seven and her two relief pitchers didn't disappoint. Kourtney Phillips pitched the fourth, allowing no hits and striking out one and Korin Dangle finished the game in the fifth. All three pitchers combined for the one hit shutout.
The offense was consistent throughout the night scoring at least one run in all but one inning. The big knockout punch came in the 3rd inning when Montoursville scored 8 runs on 6 hits. Montoursville was helped out by 5 walks and 3 errors by Northeast Bradford. The highlight hit of the inning was a bases loaded double by Korin Dangle that made it 11-0.
Montoursville manager Justin Phillips acknowledges patience and selectiveness were the keys to the 3rd inning.
"We started getting a little more patient," said Phillips. "Being more selective, we had the girls move up more in the box. All around it was a solid contribution from the team."
The defense showed up to play Friday night, too. Montoursville had only one error and it had many great catches and force outs.
The temperatures at McCall Field were pushing triple digits. But the heat didn't stop Montoursville, it only made them better.
"We kept them pretty cool, we kept our buckets of ice and towels on their necks between innings," said Phillips. "I think overall we kept our girls cool, having 14 girls helps too."
Every girl on the team contributed in some capacity. Whether it was outstanding hitting by Sara Miller, who was 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a double, or smart baserunning by Alexis Marchioni, or great defense by second baseman Tara Larson.
Northeast Bradford could never seem to get anything going. They finished with just one hit and had seven errors.
Pitchers Kaylee Fulmer and Hannah Dum pitched well at times but the good pitching was overshadowed by the seven errors.
Northeast Bradford must have a short memory because it is right back on the field today vs. Warrior Run at 11 a.m. The winner of that game will face Montoursville today at 2 p.m. Then if Warrior Run or Northeast Bradford defeats Montoursville there will be an "if" game tomorrow at 5 p.m. All games will be held at McCall Field.
Then the winner of this tournament will move onto states in Pittsburgh at West Point Little League on July 24.
Montour308 31-15 10 1
NEB000 00-0 1 7
Kim Foster, Kourtney Phillips (4th), Korin Dangle (5th) and Courtney Phillips, Kim Foster (4th). Kaylee Fulmer, Hannah Dum (4th) and McKena Wheaton. W-Foster. L-Fulmer.
Top Montour hitters: Sara Miller 3-3, double, 3 RBIs, run. Korin Dangle 2-2, double, 3 RBIs. Kourtney Phillips 1-2, RBI, run. Top NEB hitters: Hannah Dum 1-1.
Next game: NEB vs. Warrior Run, today at 11. Montoursville will face winner of NEB/Warrior Run at 2.