Lady Meteors upset Trail
BY MARTY MYERS
Freshman catcher Anastasia Hester doesn’t consider herself a hitter with a lot of pop in her bat.
Lackawanna Trail might disagree.
Hester walloped a booming two-out RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Lady Meteors to a 9-8 win over Trail in Monday’s battle of Lackawanna League Division IV softball unbeatens.
“It was really exciting,” Hester said. “I’m definitely going to remember it. It was exciting to do something like that. I just wanted to jump up and down when I was running to first.
“I was kind of nervous. It was a good low pitch. I was trying just to hit it, even though I’m not the best hitter.”
Trail left fielder Gabby Truesdale never had a chance as Hester launched the ball 200 feet to drive in the winning run.
“Hester is starting to connect on the ball,” Montrose coach Mel Lasher said. “She’s a very confident player. She’s very smart, knows the game and plays with a lot of heart. And playing with heart, I think that’s what makes us the ballteam that we are.”
Montrose needed to do that after committing seven errors that led to seven unearned runs, including a pair that tied it in the top of the seventh after two were out.
Shelby Croasdale, who had three hits for the Lady Lions, hit a comebacker to Lacy Nealy, but her throw to first was errant and she scored when Cameron Crock ripped an RBI single and took second on the throw to home.
Truesdale followed with her fourth hit of the day, a ringing double to left-center to knot the score at 8 and cap a three-RBI day that included a triple.
“I’m really proud of the way the girls at bat came back,” Trail coach John Brander said. “Out of the 17 runs scored, probably 12 came with two outs. Both teams did a nice job of that. But we just gave up too many. Too many mental mistakes. We gave them too many outs and it kept them in the game.”
Shelby Stewart had two hits and three RBIs for Montrose, Nealy had two RBI singles and Kayleah Trecoske contributed two hits.
But for all the offense – and Montrose’s fielding gaffes – the Lady Meteors made plays when needed.
Shortstop Katie Warner made a sliding grab in the hole to save at least one run. Third baseman Sam Dixon took a sharp one-hopper off her chest and turned it into an inning-ending force play to save another.
Nicki Lewis made a running ice-cream cone catch in center, and Stewart gunned down a runner at home with a perfect strike from left field in the sixth.
“They all (picked me up),” said Nealy, whose ERA dipped to 0.67. “I can’t pick one. They were all great plays.”
Earlier in the week, Montrose dealt Forest City a 12-0 loss on the road on Thursday afternoon.
Montrose scored a run in the second, then used a big six-run fifth inning to take a 7-0 lead.
Montrose then added a run in the sixth and poured on four more in the seventh to take the win.
Montrose was led by Kayleah Trecoske with two hits including a double and two RBIs while Katie Warner had three hits including a triple.
Julia Amorino and Lacy Neely each added doubles while Anna Hester and Katie Warner each tripled.
Neely took the pitching victory giving up just two hits and four walks in a complete-game outing while fanning three.
Kara Zerby and Holliday each had a single for Forest City.
Stratford took the pitching loss giving up 17 hits and 12 earned runs while walking five and striking out two in seven innings.
The Elk Lake softball team edged Susquehanna in eight innings at home on Thursday in a Lackawanna League Division IV matchup.
The game went scoreless and into extra innings before Becca Phillips’ infield single with the bases loaded in the eighth scored Kenzie Moon to give the Warriors the edge.
Debbie Harvey allowed eight hits and one walk in eight innings in the circle while fanning seven to take the win.
Bethany Ruhf added three hits for the Warriors.
Danielle Barnes led the Sabers with a double while Micaela Rhone took the pitching loss giving up eight hits, one earned run and one walk while fanning nine in seven-and-two-thirds innings.
The Susquehanna softball team took a 3-2 victory over Mountain View in an 11-inning game played in Kingsley on Tuesday evening.
Bailey Barnes’ two-run double gave Susquehanna the 3-2 victory in the Division IV game.
Mountain View had a 1-0 lead before Susquehanna tied it 1-1 in the sixth.
Barnes and Mashawna Harget each finished with two hits and winning pitcher Micaela Rhone gave up seven hits and one earned run over 11 innings with 10 strikeouts and just three walks.
Makenna Whitaker doubled twice for Mountain View while Sarah Nichols added two hits. Stenzhorn had a single and drove in a run for the Eagles.
Caity Tague took the pitching loss giving up five hits, two earned runs and three walks while striking out seven in 11 innings in the circle.
The Forest City softball team was handed a 16-2 loss from Lackawanna Trail at home on Tuesday in a five inning game.
The Lady Lions struck first with four runs in the top of the second inning.
Forest City scored one run in the bottom of the second, but Trail added five in the third, one in the fourth and six in the top of the fifth to hold a 16-1 lead.
The Foresters added a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the game was called via the 10-run rule.
Barrese led the Foresters with a single and an RBI while Gasper, O’Neill, Pecko, S. Stratford and Ennis each had singles.
Stratford was the losing pitcher giving up 15 hits, 14 earned runs and seven walks while striking out one in five innings.
The Mountain View softball team was dealt a 1-0 loss from Dunmore on the road on Thursday afternoon.
Dunmore scored one run in the fourth inning of the contest on Thursday, and it held up as the Bucks went on to win.
Cassie Castawa led Mountain View with a double and a triple.
Caity Tague took the pitching loss giving up just six hits, no earned runs and two walks while fanning one in a seven inning outing.
The Blue Ridge softball team faced a 10-0 loss from Lackawanna Trail at Tunnel Hill on Thursday evening in a Lackawanna League Division IV game.
The Lions struck first with one run in the third before adding five more in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.
Trail then tacked on four more runs in the sixth to win the game via the 10-run rule.
Walters and Conrad had the only two hits for the Raiders, each knocking a single.
Christine Carlsen took the pitching loss giving up 11 hits, nine earned runs and one walk while striking out one in five-and-two-thirds innings.