Archive

Plum goes 1-1 in WPISL playoffs | TribLIVE.com
News

Plum goes 1-1 in WPISL playoffs

Michael Love

The Plum slow-pitch softball team concluded its 2014 season with two games in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Softball League varsity playoff tournament on Oct. 25.

The Mustangs, the No. 6 seed in the 12-team bracket, beat No. 11 Hampton, 20-15, in the first round for the program’s first-ever playoff victory.

Plum suffered a 10-9 loss to No. 3 West Allegheny in the quarterfinals.

The playoff elimination set the Mustangs’ final season record at 10-6.

In the first-round contest, Hampton opened the game with five runs in the first inning, and Plum answered back with four runs in the bottom of the frame.

Both teams added to their run totals through the second, third and fourth innings, with Hampton holding an 11-9 advantage.

The Mustangs held the Talbots scoreless in the top of the fifth, and Plum tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

Hampton regained the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth, but Plum exploded in the bottom of the sixth, bringing 13 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs to take a 20-14 lead.

The Talbots could only muster one run in the top of the seventh.

They had the bases loaded, but Plum shut the rally down.

Abby Costa went 4 for 5 with a double, a triple and six RBI to lead the Plum offense.

Rylee White also was 4 for 5, and she had a home run and three RBI. Alexa Ferchaw was 3 for 4 with a triple.

Melissa Colchagie, Kiersten Torma and Sierra McElhose each had two hits for the Mustangs.

Katelin Rombach had two hits, with one of them being a double, and Brianne DeGore had two hits, including a triple and three RBI.

Megan Bohatch contributed four RBI in the win.

Plum took an early 2-0 lead in its quarterfinal game with West Allegheny, but the Indians rallied and held an 8-3 advantage after four innings.

Plum batted through the order in the top of the fifth and scored six runs to take a 9-8 lead.

But West Allegheny came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to go ahead, 10-9.

After a scoreless sixth, Plum got the first two batters on base in the top of the seventh.

But the Indians kept the Mustangs from bringing either runner home, and the game ended in West Allegheny’s favor.

Costa went 4 for 4, and White, DeGore and Camryn McCabe each had two hits.

One of McCabe’s hits was a triple.

A group of nine Plum seniors will move on from the program. They are three-year letter winners in White, McCabe, DeGore and Alyssa Zezza, and two-year letter winners in Rombach, Torma, Colchagie, Bohatch and McElhose.

“The time, dedication and contributions to the program that these seniors made will never be forgotten,” head coach Martin DeGore said.

“I have seen all of these players excel on the field since they were in first grade all the way to their senior year. Their determination and hard work made Plum a force to be reckoned with in the WPISL and have shown the underclassman what it takes to be successful in the league.

“I wish all the best for all of our seniors in their future endeavors, I know they will be successful in whatever they choose to do.”

Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].


TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.