Montoursville starting pitcher Taylor Shuman stands no more then 5 feet tall and doesn't weigh more than 100 pounds, but she came up big in the District 12 10-11 softball championship vs. Jersey Shore at Volunteer Stadium Friday night.
Shuman pitched a complete game allowing only five hits, four runs, two of which were unearned, and six strikeouts on only 63 pitches in an 8-4 victory.
"She pitched well," said Montoursville manager Mark Shuman. "We played a good game and she had a good defense behind her."
Montoursville players run with their championship banner Friday at Volunteer Stadium.
Shuman's defense came up big in big times. The defense gave up three errors, but it had many highlight catches and throw outs at crucial times in the game. Catcher Jaylynn Cochran made an amazing foul out catch while falling over her own helmet. Later in the game Shuman caught a line drive and then threw it to third base to get the runner out for a double play, ending the third inning. The final defensive highlight was a diving catch by shortstop Maddison Shaffer that saved a run in the fifth.
The offense was a big key in helping Shuman as well. Montoursville jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first inning, but Mark Shuman believed his team had to be more aggressive if it wanted to win.
"We weren't very aggressive the first time out and we knew we had to be," said Mark Shuman. "We knew their pitcher was going to throw the ball over the plate and throw strikes and we wanted to be aggressive at that."
Montoursville became very aggressive not only at the plate but also on the bases. Montoursville finished with 10 steals and 9 hits. Many of their runs happened because of how aggressive it was on the bases.
Second baseman Maddison Probst finished with three stolen bases and first baseman Abby Rackestraw had two.
Montoursville's offense was consistent throughout the night scoring four runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third and one in the sixth.
Rackestraw had the best night at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs, a run, and a triple. Third baseman Jordan McCarthy was no slouch at the plate going 2 for 3 with a RBI and two runs.
Jersey Shore starting pitcher Anne Weller was dominant at times, she pitched a complete game and had eight strikeouts.
Jersey Shore's defense was good at times too, having multiple 3 up 3 down innings.
The Jersey Shore offense just couldn't string hits together. Every time it seemed like Jersey Shore was going to rally it was quickly stopped by Shuman. Jersey Shore finished the night with just four hits and four runs.
"Jersey Shore's a fantastic team," said Mark Schuman. "(They're) well coached we just came out on top."
Montoursville412 001-8 9 3
Jersey Shore100 111-4 4 2
Taylor Shuman and Jaylynn Cochran. Anne Weller and Alyssa Stover. W-Shuman. L-Weller.
Top Montoursville hitters: Abby Rackestraw 3-4, triple, 2 RBIs, run. Jordan McCarthy 2-3, RBI, 2 runs. Maddison Jean 1-2, double, 2 RBIs, run. Top Jersey Shore hitters: Jess Carlson 1-3, RBI, run. Alyssa Stover 1-3, run. Riley Nonemaker 1-3, double.