Lady Raiders District Runner-up
Bucktail 4, Montgomery 3
Montgomery Lady Raiders (17-4) were edged. 4-3. as Bucktail rallied in the bottom of the seventh to capture the District 4 Class A title this past Saturday at Elm Park in Williamsport.The Raiders still are state tournament-bound for the first time since 2010 and played District 3 champion Millesburg this past Monday. (Results not available at press time.) Montgomery shared the Mid-Penn title with Bucktail and have won 16 of their last 18 games, and beating two-time defending champion Northeast Bradford in the semifinals.
Emily Snyder pitched an outstanding game for Montgomery, striking out 10 and coming within a strike of closing out Bucktail. The Raiders scored a run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, taking a 3-1 lead, but the Bucks rallied in the bottom of the seventh to get the win.
Freshman Julie Green (2-3) ignited the game-winning rally, hitting a one-out single and Tessa Cowfer followed with an infield single, putting the tying runs on base. Snyder came back from 3-0 to strike out the next batter and had Burrows 2-2 a batter later. Burrows fouled off a pitch and took a ball. Then the freshman hit the game-tying, two-run single into center field. After a walk and an intentional walk, she scored the game-winning run when Emma Poorman’s grounder was mishandled.
Montgomery took the lead earlier in the game as Snyder walked, stole second and third and came home on an error, tying the game 1-1 in the fourth inning. Brynn McRae reached on an error and Jenna Waring (1 for 2) walked an inning later. Faith Persing then smacked a liner that was dropped in the outfield and both players scored, giving Montgomery a 3-1 lead until the bottom of the seventh.
Montgomery 000 120 0-3 4 1; Bucktail 010 000 3-4 8 3
Emily Snyder and Shelby McRae. Emma Poorman and Jordan Burrows. WPoorman, (13-1). LSnyder, (15-4).
Top Montgomery hitters: Snyder 1-2, 3 SB, run; Saige Whipple 1-3, 2B; Morgan Tupper 1-3; Jenna Waring 1-2. Top Bucktail hitters: Julie Green 2-3, run; Tessa Cowfer 2-3, R; Jordan Burrows 1-4, 2 RBIs, run; Myka Poorman 1-3; Emily Cross 1-3, BB; Emma Intallura 1-3, RBI. Records: Bucktail (19-2), Montgomery (17-4).