Lady Mounties’ Burge Shuts Out Lady Bisons 5-0

PHLIPSBURG – The Clearfield Area High School softball team wasn’t able to solve the pitching of Philipsburg-Osceola ace Kate Burge again Friday and suffered a  5-0 loss shortened to six innings by lightning near the Curtis Park Complex.

Lightning halted the Mountain League Allegheny Division game twice in the early innings, but the 30-minute delays didn’t bother Burge, who also shrugged a third stoppage to scatter four hits, strike out 11 and walked only one for her 11th win, and sixth shutout, of the season.

The junior right-hander has handcuffed the Lady Bisons three times, including 11-1 Mercy Rule wins last year and again on April 13, allowing just eight hits while fanning 30 and walking three in 17 innings.

First-inning doubles by Carly Gonder and Kenzie Burger provided the Lady Mountie hurler with the only run she would need.

Gonder singled home one run and another scored on a wild pitch in the second frame, and the Lady Mounties added another pair in the third on Kayla Wisor’s RBI-groundout and a passed ball.

P-O, 5-2 in the division and 12-4 overall, had seven hits off Clearfield junior Heather Picard, who pitched a complete game with three strikeouts and two walks.

For the Lady Bisons, Rachel Hoffman ran her hitting streak to 14 games with a single, but B.J. Bowman saw her nine-gamer end.

Clearfield (7-8) finished 4-4 in the division and, counting cross-over games against Nittany Division opponents, wound up 6-7 for their second season in the Mountain League.

The Lady Bisons will be back on their home diamond Monday for a Mountain League cross-over game with Central Mountain.

See photos from the game here: http://www.ladybisonsports.org/lbsSBall050412.html

CLEARFIELD — 0

Andrea Butler ss 3010, Melinda Owens 2b 2000, Rachel Hoffman rf 3010, B.J. Bowman cf 3000, Heather Picard p 3010, Lucy Kovalick c 3000, Robyn McBride lf 2010, Becca Byerly 1b 2000, Megan Vanderburgh 3b 2000.  TOTALS: 23 0 4 0.

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA — 5

Carly Gonder c 3121, Abby Showers ss 2011, Kenzie Burge 1b 3011, Kate Burge p 3110, Aisha Goss lf 2110, Haley Frank 3b 2000, Kayla Wisor rf 3011, Morgan Williamson dp 1100, Katie Carpin cf 2110, Katie Meersand 2b (flex).  TOTALS: 21 5 7 3.

Score by Innings

Clearfield                      000 000  – 0  4  1

Philipsburg-Osceola 122 00x – 5 8 1

Error – Vanderburgh; Gonder. PB – Kovalick 1. LOB – Clearfield 6; Philipsburg-Osceola 5. 2B – Gonder, Showers, Kenzie Burge. Sac – Showers, Frank. SB – Butler; Gonder.

Pitching

Clearfield – Picard 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K.

Philipsburg-Osceola – Kate Burge 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K.

WP – Picard 2; Kate Burge 1.

W – Kate Burge (11-4). L – Picard (3-5).

Lady Bison Scoreboard:

  Opponent Score Record
3/26 @ Bellefonte 1 – 11 0 – 1
3/28 MIFFLIN COUNTY 0 – 10 0 – 2
3/30 @ Penns Valley 0 – 1 0 – 3
4/04 @ Huntingdon 9 – 1 1 – 3
4/09 @ Central 3 – 9 1 – 4
4/11 TYRONE 7 – 1 2 – 4
4/13 PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA 1 – 11 2 – 5
4/16 @ Central Mountain 1 – 3 2 – 6
4/20 BALD EAGLE AREA 8 – 0 3 – 6
4/23 @ Juniata ppd. 3 – 6
4/25 HUNTINGDON 8 – 7, 8 inn. 4 – 6
4/26 @ Juniata 12 – 3 5 – 6
4/27 CENTRAL 3 – 10 5 – 7
5/01 @ Bradford 10 – 0 6 – 7
5/02 @ Tyrone 13 – 3 7 – 7
5/04 @ Philipsburg-Osceola 0 – 5 7 – 8
5/07 CENTRAL MOUNTAIN    

W – Kate Burge (11-4). L – Picard (3-5).

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