Lady Mounties endure long night to advance

UNIVERSITY PARK — For Philipsburg-Osceola, the wait to resume its rain and lightning delayed PIAA first-round playoff game against Pequea Valley on Monday night at Penn State’s Beard Field was worth it.

After a weather delay of two hours and 10 minutes, including an hour-and-two minutes before the rain actually started, the game resumed at 11:28 p.m.

And it was worth the wait.

P-O pitcher Kameryn Harris retired 21 in a row after giving up a little dribbler hit in front of home plate in the first inning, and the Lady Mounties took advantage of an error to earn a 1-0 win. The game ended at 12:09 a.m.

The Lady Mounties will play either Deer Lakes or Karns City in the second round of the state playoffs.

The Lady Mounties got their first run in the third inning. Annie Kost, hitting eighth in the lineup, led off the bottom of the third by doubling high off of the left field fence. It was P-O’s first hit off of Sabrina Ryan.

Two batters later, Maggie Peck laid down a bunt, and catcher Tara Doratt’s errant throw to first eluded first baseman Sarah Moore as Peck hit the bag at the same time. When the ball bounced away, Kost rounded third and scored.

Hannah Thompson got hit by a pitch, and Harris walked to load the bases, but Ryan struck out Jayde Burge to end the threat.

Harris, who threw three shutouts in the District 6 playoffs, ran into a jam to begin the game as she hit Makena Dienner and gave up a hit between home plate and the pitching circle to Tara Doratt. But Harris worked out of it with a strikeout, ground ball back to her and a pop-up to second base.

She was nearly untouchable over the next three innings, recording 1-2-3 innings from the second through the fourth. In fact, she needed only four pitches to record three outs in the fourth inning.

But after the last out of the fourth, the game went into a lightning delay at 9:18 p.m., and all of the fans were forced to leave the Nittany Lion Softball Park. The rain didn’t actually start until 10:10 p.m.

When play, resumed after a 2:10 delay, Harris continued her dominant pitching, retiring the side 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth.

The Lady Mounties loaded the bases in the fifth after Kylie Adams’ leadoff double, but, again, Ryan wiggled out of the jam without giving up a run.

Harris, who struck out seven, walked none and hit a batter, finished up with another 1-2-3 inning in the seventh. Peck fielded a ground ball for the final out.

Pequea Valley (0): Dienner ss 200, Doratt c 301, Ryan p 300, Shaubach rf 300, Diluzio 3b 300, A. Melson dp 200, Moore 1b 200, Fiester cf 200, Weaver lf 200, Johnson 2b 000.

Philipsburg-Osceola (1): Peck 1b 301, Thompson ss 201, Lucas rf 200, Harris p 100, Taylor cr, Burge 3b 300, Thal c 301, Granville 2b 301, Kost lf 211, Adams dp 301, Carns cf 000.

SCORE NY INNINGS

Pequea Valley 000 000 0–0 1 1

Philipsburg-Osceola 001 000 X–1 6 0

E–Moore. 2B–Kost, Adams, Thal. SB–Peck, Thompson. CS–Granville (by Doratt). HBP–Dienner; Harris, Thompson, Kost. LOB–Pequea Valley 2. Philipsburg-Osceola 9.

PITCHING

Pequea Valley: Ryan (L)–6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 HBP, 9 SO

Philipsburg-Osceola: Harris (W)–7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 7 SO

Records: Pequea Valley (17-7); Philipsburg-Osceola (19-3)

Time of Game: 3:54. Time of Delay: 2:10

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