Greater Wyoming Area first baseman Megan Bresnahan, left, tags out Mountain Top’s Ashley Casem on Friday night in a Section 5 junior softball game in Jessup.BILL TARUTIS/for the times leader
Mountain Top shortstop Ashley Casem, left, is late with the tag on Greater Wyoming Area’s Megan Bresnahan on Friday in a Section 5 junior softball game in Jessup.BILL TARUTIS/for the times leader
JESSUP — Perhaps the secret is batting with two outs.
It seemed to work just fine for the Mountain Top junior softball all-stars on Friday night.
Mountain Top tied the score by scoring two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Alyssa Davies then hit a two-out single to score the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth, giving Mountain Top a 6-5 victory over Greater Wyoming Area in the Section 5 playoffs at Carbino Club Little League.
The victory also clinched a spot in the championship game for District 16 champion Mountain Top. It will play D32 champion Carbino Club at 7 p.m. Sunday for the title.
There are two games left in the round-robin tournament today – D31 champ GWA vs. D17 champ Old Forge at 6 p.m. and Mountain Top vs. Carbino at 8 p.m.
Because both Mountain Top and Carbino are 2-0, however, those games have no bearing on the title matchup.
“Our team motto is winners never quit and quitters never win,” Mountain Top manager Harry Davies said. “We always try to maintain a positive attitude.”
That could have been difficult considering the circumstances.
Mountain Top trailed 5-3 in the seventh with two outs and nobody on base. But Megan White reached on an error, Davies singled and Meghen Waite singled to score White.
After another error, Raelynn Kulp singled home Davies to tie the score 5-5 and force an extra inning.
After GWA stranded a runner at second in the top of the eighth, Rachael Ritz got Mountain Top going in the bottom of the inning with a single to center.
A flyout made it two away before White hit a grounder and Ritz beat the throw to second. Davies followed with a single to center to send Mountain Top to the championship.
“Tough one, tough one to lose,” GWA manager Dave Alberigi said. “We rolled the dice a little bit and took (starting pitcher Alex) Holtz out. She is our best pitcher. We had a 5-1 lead, and it backfired on us.”
The thinking was to keep Holtz available for other games in the tournament.
At the time, it seemed sound. GWA scored in the first when Nicole Turner led off with a triple and scored on Holtz’s single.
GWA made it 5-0 in the fourth with four more runs. Megan Bresnahan drove in two runs with a single and Lindsay Carey knocked in another with a hit.
Mountain Top, though, came back with a run in each of its next three at-bats to cut the deficit to 5-3.
White singled home a run in the fourth, Melanie Snyder did the same in the fifth and Ashlee Oleginski added an RBI single in the sixth.