Plum goes 1-1 in WPISL playoffs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.