The St. Marys Area Lady Dutch were shut out 2-0 on senior night by the Williamsport Millionaires on Monday afternoon at the SMAHS softball field.
Both teams struggled to get their offenses going, with St. Marys Area only recording one hit while Williamsport had three. The Millionaires scored both of their runs in the top of the third inning.
"We played good defensively," said St. Marys Area coach Manny Gerarge. "We were making some contact throughout the game, but when we started the last inning we had some hard hits and they made a few good plays."
Rachel Ginther went the distance on the mound for St. Marys, giving up three hits, walking two, and striking out six.
Alexis Bower worked the mound for Williamsport, giving up one hit and striking out 13.
Kali Quagliani had the lone hit for the Lady Dutch with a single in the bottom of the seventh.
Bower led the Millionaires with a two-run homerun in the top of the third. Samantha Fischer doubled and Brooke Pompeo singled.
Pompeo's single started the game and she advanced on a fielder's choice that saw Fischer thrown out at first. Bower reached base after being hit by a pitch, and both later picked up a base on a passed ball. Dominique Thomas then struck out and Kaotlin Caringi was unable to beat the throw to first, keeping Williamsport off the board and giving the Lady Dutch their first chance at bat. St. Marys was unable to get any base runners in the home half of the inning, keeping the game scoreless.
With one out in the top of the second, Meagan Horne reached base after being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a fielder's choice that saw Cashe Comport thrown out at first. Tiana McCormick struck out to bring about the third out, again keeping Williamsport off the board. Bower sent St. Marys Area's batters down in order in the top of the second.
The only runs of the game came in the top of the third. Pompeo reached base on an error and advanced to second on a fielder's choice where Fischer was thrown out at first. A home run by Bower also scored Pompeo, giving Williamsport a 2-0 lead. Bower again sent the Lady Dutch batters down in order in the home half of the inning.
Both teams went down in order in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
In the top of the seventh, Williamsport's batters flied out to the second baseman, struck out, and flied out to the shortstop. St. Marys tried to tie things up in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Quagliani hit a ground ball to left field, giving the Lady Dutch their first hit of the contest. She advanced on a play that saw Ginther thrown out at first, but was unable to score as Hayley McGowan grounded to the pitcher and was thrown out at first, ending the game and giving Williamsport the 2-0 victory.
Senior players and their parents were honored during a pre-game ceremony.
"It was a good showing by our seniors tonight," Gerarge said following the contest. "We have a great senior class and we're sad to see them go."
The Lady Dutch are now 11-4 on the season and are scheduled to return to action this afternoon as they host Brookville in a 4:15 p.m. contest.
Brooke Pompeo 3-1-1, Samantha Fischer 3-0-1, Alexis Bower 2-1-1, Dominique Thomas 2-0-0, Kaotlin Caringi 3-0-0, Drusilla Heller 3-0-0, Meagan Horne 1-0-0, Taylor Brooks 1-0-0, Cashe Comport 3-0-0, Tiana McCormick 2-0-0, Marissa Crane 0-0-0. Totals 23-2-3.
St. Marys 0
Erica Sorg 3-0-0, Kali Quagliani 3-0-1, Rachel Ginther 3-0-0, Hayley McGowan 3-0-0, Mia Keener 2-0-0, Raelyn Cunningham 2-0-0, Cassie Wonderling 2-0-0, Taylor Bellina 2-0-0, Savanah Krivonyak 2-0-0, Courtney Bankovich 0-0-0. Totals 22-0-1.
Score by innings R
Williamsport 002 000 0 2
St. Marys 000 000 0 0