AMESVILLE – With two runs in the seventh inning, the Moshannon Valley softball team nipped the Curwensville Area High School squad 6-5 in Moshannon Valley League action on Monday. The Damsels took advantage of a single and a pair of errors for the walk-off victory.
“We just have to learn how to finish at the close of games,” said Curwensville head coach Allen Leigey. “This is the second game this season we let slip away in the bottom of the last inning. If we let the game stay close, one bad play can cause a lot of problems.”
The Lady Tide grabbed the early lead in the first inning when Tierra Shope slapped a one-out single. After the second out advanced the runner, Nikki Harker chased Shope home with a single.
The Curwensville lead moved to 3-0 in the top of the third with Hannah Dixon drawing a lead-off walk. Abby Dugo followed with a single and Shope bunted the runners up a base. Alaina Stiles and Harker followed with singles to set the score.
However, the visitor’s advantage evaporated in the bottom of the third as Curwensville found trouble getting the Damsels out. Pitcher Hannah Kitko walked to get the inning going. Kelsey Kitko put her team on the board with a long double to score the only earned run of the game for Mo Valley. Megan Zimmerman followed with a single, but a wild throw to the plate allowed the second run to score. Lauren O’Donnell then singled and the Tide woes continued to allow the hosts to take a 4-3 lead.
In the top of the sixth, Curwensville regained the lead with singles by Dixon and Dugo. The big blow came from Stiles with a two-out double.
However, Hannah Kitko started the scoring for Mo Valley again in the seventh with a single. An error put runners at first and third with no outs. The next batter drew a play at the plate that went wide and a second error on a play at third allowed the winning run to scamper home.
Moshannon Valley took advantage of getting runners on base as six of their eight base-runners scored in the game while the Lady Tide left nine runners stranded. Tierra Shope struck out eight batters and walked one in the loss. Hannah Kitko recorded five K’s and walked three while scattering nine hits in a winning effort.
Kelsey Kitko was the only Damsel batter with two hits while Stiles and Harker hit safely twice for the Tide.
Curwensville (2-3) will be at home on Wednesday to take on Johnsonburg.
CURWENSVILLE — 5
Abby Dugo ss 3120, Tierra Shope p 3210, Alaina Stiles 2b 4023, Nikki Harker 1b 3022, Teghan Jacobson pr 0000, Kealy Wassil DP 4000, Riley Young lf 3000, Jourdan Round ph 1000, Haley McGarry c 4010, Melanie Milliron rf 3000, Megan McCartney ph 1000, Hannah Dixon cf 2210, Bethany Carns Flex/3b 0000, TOTALS – 31 AB 5 R 9 H 5 RBI.
MOSHANNON VALLEY — 6
Kelsey Kitko rf 4221, Megan Zimmerman c 4211, Lauren O’Donnell cf 3110, Lucy Baker lf 3000, Carly Kitko 1b 3000, Mackenzie Kitko 3b 3000, Nova Dale dp 3000, Haley Stodart 2b 3010, Hannah Kitko p 2210, Emily Kolesar Flex/ss 0000, TOTALS – 28 AB 6 R 6 H 2 RBI.
SCORES BY INNINGS – R H E
Curwensville 102 002 0 – 5 9 4
Mo Valley 004 000 2 – 6 6 2
ERRORS – Dixon 2, Carns, McGarry; Kolesar, Stodart. LOB – Curwensville 9; Mo Valley 2. 2B – Stiles; K. Kitko. SAC – Shope.
Curwensville – Shope 7 IP 6 H 6 R 1 ER 1 BB 8 K 0 HB
Mo Valley – H. Kitko 7 IP 9 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB 5 K 0 HB
WP – H. Kitko. LP – Shope (2-3).
Lady Tide Scoreboard:
|3/24||@ Johnsonburg||ppd.||0 – 0|
|3/26||DUBOIS CENTRAL||ppd.||0 – 0|
|3/31||BROOKVILLE||9 – 8||1 – 0|
|4/02||@ Sheffield (DH)||ppd.||1 – 0|
|4/04||HARMONY||ppd.||1 – 0|
|4/07||KANE||ppd.||1 – 0|
|4/09||@ Elk County Catholic||6 – 7 (8 inn)||1 – 1|
|4/11||@ West Branch||ppd.||1 – 1|
|4/14||BROCKWAY||susp.||1 – 1|
|4/15||@ Johnsonburg||ppd.||1 – 1|
|4/16||@ West Branch||2 – 7||1 – 2|
|4/17||@ Harmony||11-1||2 – 2|
|4/21||@ Mo Valley||5-6||2 – 3|
|4/24||@ Sheffield (DH)|
|4/28||@ DuBois Central|
|5/07||ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC|
|5/12||@ Brockway (DH)|