Bucks’ offense rolls vs. Indians
Eight games into the 2019 season and really only one word can sum up the Bucktail softball teams play to this point: dominant.
After the Bucks improved to 7-0 against CMVT on Tuesday night in their first game that they did not win by a 10- or 15-run rule, the team got right back to their awe inspiring play with a 13-3 win over Muncy last night, improving to 8-0.
“It’s tough to beat us right now. We’re getting 13 to 15 hits a game, 13 last night and 13 again tonight, we’re just tough to beat right now,” coach Mike Poorman said following the most recent win. “The last two nights it was the top of the order coming through for us. At Sullivan County it was the bottom of the order. We’re getting contributions from everywhere in our lineup and we’re just hammering the ball right now.”
Muncy’s Jenn Frederick hit the top of the center field fence just missing a home run as she picked up an RBI triple in the top of the first before scoring to put the Indians up 2-0 early.
Immediately as Bucktail came in to bat in the bottom of the first inning it’s easy to see that they were woken up and ready to play with nothing but positive banter between teammates.
The Muncy lead would last just four batters as freshman Emma Poorman strode to the plate with a pair of Bucks on the bases. Poorman’s blast over the left field fence instantly gave the home team a 3-2 lead, something they would only add to for the rest of the game.
Poorman, who now has 35 RBI in her first eight varsity games moved the lead to 6-2 with a two-RBI single in the second.
Muncy had seen enough of the freshman’s batting when she came to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, intentionally walking her to load the bases for Tessa Cowfer. Cowfer accepted the challenge and came up with a blooper into shallow center, clearing the bases and moving the score to 10-3.
Bucktail claimed the 10-run rule win in the bottom of the fifth thanks to an Emily Cross shot off of the centerfield fence, before Emma Poorman came up with bases loaded as she promptly knocked in Jordan Burrows for the game-winning run.
Poorman pitched her second complete game of the season as she picked up the win, throwing five innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs, with seven strikeouts and walked just two.
“I liked the way Emma threw today. It wasn’t a great performance but it was definitely strong and she only got better the longer the game went on,” said coach Mike Poorman.
Five of her seven strikeouts came against the last 12 batters that she faced as her change-up often had the Indians frozen in the batter’s box.
“I’m very happy with the way we have been playing all season, as well as today. Emma Intallura getting on base twice from her ninth spot in the rotation set up a couple of big innings for us. Tessa came through when they put Emma on with a walk. It all worked out for us today,” Mike Poorman said.
Bucktail 13, Muncy 3
Muncy 200 10 — 3 4 4
Bucktail 420 52 — 13 13 1
Rory Oden and Alexis Treese. Emma Poorman and Jordan Burrows. W: Poorman. L: Oden.
Top Muncy hitters: Jen Frederick 1-2, 2B, RBI; Alexis Treese 1-2, RBI; Nicole Johnson 1-3. Top Bucktail hitters: Emma Poorman 3-3, HR, 6 RBIs; Emily Cross 3-4, 2B;
Records: Muncy (4-4); Bucktail (8-0). Next game: Muncy at Southern Columbia, today.