Bucks win thriller in extra innings
After trailing by six runs in the first inning, Bucktail was about to pull off a hat trick of plays that gave the school one of the best endings their fans have ever seen.
Bucktail trailed Galeton the entire game after falling down big early when they took their last at-bats in the bottom of the seventh, down by a run.
Bucktail’s Sara Kepler notched a base hit to left with Kayli Casper standing on second and rounding third as the ball was heading in from the outfield. Casper collided with Tiger catcher Kate Kulish who was trying to locate the throw. Kulish went flying to the ground as Casper tagged the plate, tying the game at and forcing extra innings.
It was in extras that Bucktail came out on top, 9-8, in eight innings.
The win clinches Bucktail a spot in the state tournament, which is the first state tournament appearance for Bucktail in any sport since 1989.
Galeton tried to go back up quickly as Briel Kalasinski picked up a hit down the right field line and ended up on third with no outs in the eighth.
Katie Pagano dribbled a grounder to third where Emma Poorman picked up the ball and checked back on Kalasinski, surprising the runner and getting her into a rundown.
The Bucks turned a double play to end Galeton’s rally in the eighth.
Bucktail would answer with its own runner on third when Jordan Burrows stood just feet away, representing the game winning run.
With one out Myka Poorman strode to the plate and hit a liner to short, too hard for the shortstop to make the play as Burrows scored in the thriller to win. It was the only time that the Bucks led in the entire game.
“I cannot stress enough how proud I am of these girls. They were down 6-0, but never gave up,” Bucktail coach Mike Poorman said. “Whether it’s the juniors cheering on the seniors or the other way around, this team amazes me how they root for one another, every play.”
When asked what Poorman thought of the Cross double play, an emotional Poorman said simply “I lost my mind.”
Poorman pointed out how everyone involved in the play did exactly what they should have done in the ultra stress-filled play.
“Even though we were down 6-0, we could not have asked for a better situation, the top of our order coming to bat in extra innings, I’d take that every game,” Poorman said.
Myka Poorman came on in relief in the top of the first and although the rally continued, Poorman would allow only two more runs in the final seven innings.
Bucktail will play Montgomery for the District 4 Class A championship on Thursday in Turbotville at the Moser Complex.
Bucktail 9, Galeton 8
(DISTRICT 4 CLASS A SEMIFINALS)
Galeton 601 010 00 — 8 8 6
Bucktail 105 100 11 — 9 7 1
Regan Fuller and Kate Kulish. Emma Poorman, Myka Poorman (1) and Jordan Burrows. W: M. Poorman. L: Fuller.
Top Galeton hitters: Brielle Kalacinski 4-4, 2B, 3B, RBI; Jessie Evans 1-4, BB, RBI, run; Haylee Ludington 1-4, 2 runs; Kate Kulish 1-4, RBI, run. Top Bucktail hitters: Jordan Burrows 1-5, 3 runs; Emily Cross 2-5, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Myka Poorman 1-4, 3 RBIs, run; Kayli Casper 1-3, RBI, run; Sara Kepler 1-3, 2B, RBI; Emma Itallura 1-4, run.
Next game: Bucktail vs. Montgomery, District 4 Class A championship, Thursday, at Moser Complex.