A capsule look at Montgomery’s game against Tri-Valley
Montgomery road to states: In District 4, beat Millville, 7-0, and Northeast Bradford, 2-0; in states, beat Old Forge, 7-0
Montgomery runs per game–9.0, Montgomery runs allowed–0.65
Montgomery facts: The Red Raiders are making the second state quarterfinal appearance in program history and first since 2010. Montgomery has won 10 straight games and closed its regular season with wins against Class AA quarterfinalist Williams Valley, AAA quarterfinalist Central Columbia and AA state qualifier Wyalusing. The Raiders produced 13 hits against Old Forge and all nine starters have reached base in the last two games. Faith Persing and Taylor McRae hit home runs against Old Forge and Shelby McRae produced three hits for a second straight game. Kaylei Snyder has four hits over her last two games and Jenna Waring was 2 for 4 with an RBI last Monday. Right fielder Sloan Wooten two impressive running catches and second baseman Morgan Tupper caught a pop-up while falling down in shallow center field. Persing threw a one-hitter against Old Forge and struck out 16. She hurled a two-hitter with 17 strikeouts against Northeast Bradford and her seventh no-hitter in the semifinals against Millville. Montgomery has increased its win total in each of the first four seasons since Chris Glenn became its coach in 2018. Montgomery is in the state tournament for a second straight season for the first time in program history as well.
Tri-Valley road to states: In District 11, beat Marian Catholic, 7-0, and Pottsville Nativity, 3-0; in states, beat Faith Christian, 13-1
Tri-Valley runs per game–8.8, Tri-Valley runs allowed–2.6
Tri-Valley facts: The Bulldogs captured their first District 11 championship since 2002 and, like Montgomery, have played against a quality schedule. Tri-Valley is a perennial title contender in District 11 but went 7-13 in 2019. It has made a huge bounce back this season and has won seven straight games. Also like Montgomery, Tri-Valley is a young team with just one senior starter. Its lineup also includes four sophomores and a freshman. Tri-Valley has wins over AAA state quarterfinalist North Schuylkill and AA quarterfinalists Brandywine Heights and Williams Valley. Tri-Valley was a heavy favorite against Faith Christian and started strong in that win. Pitchers Sydney Schley (12-0) and Emma Maurer (9-4) have thrown well this season. Schley has eight shutouts and Maurer four. Gianna Poletti ignites the offense and has five home runs, six triples and 10 doubles. Catcher Lexi Snyder has produced four home runs and nine doubles and third baseman Brittany Rice has six home runs and eight doubles. Coach Marty Shade is in his 30th season at Tri-Valley.
Winner plays: District 3 champion Halifax or District 5 champion Meyersdale