FR Girls Claim First Ever Southern Huntingdon Softball Championship
The Forbes Road Fury girls modified softball team, in only their second year of existence, reached the summit of the Southern Huntingdon Girls Modified Softball League, claiming the championship Friday night with a 12-9 victory over number one seed Trough Creek.
The stage had been set for this matchup from the first day of games, as Forbes and Trough Creek battled for the preseason tournament championship, eventually captured by Trough Creek. Trough Creek proved a worthy number-one seed, finishing the regular season with a record of 11-1, including victories over the Fury by 19-15 and 22- 17 finals.
Including the preseason tournament, Trough Creek had prevailed in four straight contests with the Fury. Trough Creek rested with a first round bye, then beat number-five seed Shade Gap 16-6 on Wednesday to await the championship game. In the meantime, the Fury finished the league schedule at 8-4, entering the playoffs as the number-three seed.
Victories over number six Path Valley 1 (27-12) and Rock Hill (16-13) put the Fury in the final. The championship game did not disappoint.
As the higher seed, Trough Creek took the field and the Fury opened the game at bat. The Fury bats raged from the first pitch, as Malea Truax ripped the first strike she saw into center field for a hit. Maiah Mellott followed with an infield hit, and Olivia Hall added a hit of her own to push across two early runs. A walk to Tina Parsons set the stage for chaos, as Bridgette Hoffman drilled a base hit into left field that ended with three Trough Creek errors and three more Fury runs, reaching the five-run-perinning limit. Tina Parsons took to the circle and kept Trough Creek’s bats quiet, setting the score at 5-1 after one full inning of play.
The Fury kept the pressure on in the second, taking advantage of five walks and an Olivia Hall double to plate five more runs and chase Trough Creek’s starting pitcher from the circle. The Fury stretched their lead to 11- 1 after the top of the third, but Trough Creek showed why they won 11 regular season games in the bottom of the third. Capitalizing on two Fury errors, Trough Creek plated five runs of their own to claw back in the game at 11-6.
Trough Creek’s reliever held the Fury scoreless through the sixth inning, while Trough Creek pushed across two runs in the fifth. Entering the seventh inning, FR led 11- 8. The Fury pushed across one insurance run in the top of the seventh as Kiersten Cline stole second, third and then home on a passed ball. Trough Creek came to bat needing four runs to extend the game and their season.
The leadoff batter in the seventh reached on an infield hit, then stole second. An infield groundout recorded the first out of the inning, followed by a walk and a Fury error. With the score now 12-9, Maiah Mellott gunned down a Trough Creek runner at the plate for the second out. With runners at second and third, Trough Creek sent their cleanup hitter to the plate. On a 1-1 pitch, she popped the ball high on the infield, eventually settling in Kiersten Cline’s glove for the final out, securing the Fury victory and Forbes Road’s first-ever softball championship.
For the game, Malea Truax turned in an outstanding all-around effort going 2-2 at the plate with two walks and recording nine assists and two putouts in the field. Maiah Mellott and Kiersten Cline each scored two runs, while Olivia Hall also claimed a 2-2 night with two walks. Tina Parsons scored two runs, while Bridgette Hoffman went 2-3 with a run scored. Rachel Waite scored one run, Montana Bolinger one run, and Mina Wilt one run in addition to a hustling job behind home plate. With all the offensive statistics, the story of the night was Parsons’ pitching.
The tiny twirler turned in a complete game gem, walking only nine batters and keeping the ball in play. The team defense backed up her effort, holding Trough Creek to their lowest output in the games played between the two teams this season.
The 12-and-under Fury roster included 14 girls from Forbes Road, ranging in age from 8 to 12: Kelsey Beavers, Montana Bolinger, Kiersten Cline, Mackenzie Gelvin, Olivia Hall, Shelby Harnish, Bridgette Hoffman, Maiah Mellott, Tina Parsons, Malea Truax, Rachel Waite, Payton Watkins, Lillie Wilt, and Mina Wilt. Coaches and scorekeepers Pete Hall, Michelle Hall, Corri Parsons, Kara Truax, Robert Truax, and Vicki Watkins aided the girls this season.