MONTGOMERY — Faith Persing tossed a three-hitter, and drove in four runs
to lead Montgomery to a four-inning, 15-0, win over Athens here
Wednesday in non-league softball action.
The loss eliminates the Lady Wildcats from postseason play. They finish the 2021 campaign with a 9-11 record.
After a scoreless 1 1/2 innings, the Lady Red Raiders scored six runs in the bottom of the second. They added two runs in the third, and closed the game out via the “mercy rule” with seven runs in the fourth inning to take a 15-run lead.
Pressing allowed three singles in four scoreless innings, while striking out 10 and walking two to earn the win.
Senior Caydence Macik, and freshmen Jules Pack, and Ella Coyle all singled to account for Athens’ three hits.
Pressing doubled and singled, scored one run, and had four RBI, and Shelby McRae doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in three runs, and Jenna Waring singled twice, scored three runs, and knocked in one run to pace Montgomery’s 10-hit attack.
ATHENS — Athens used a five-run fourth-inning rally to erase an early
deficit on its way to an 8-4 win over Tioga here Saturday morning in the
opening game of the softball “Battle at the Border.”
“Savanah (Persun) threw really well,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “Defensively, we only committed three errors.
“Offensively, we only struck out three times, so we put the ball in play.
“Overall, we did a pretty good job,” added Farrell.
Tioga scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning on a lead-off double by senior Austyn Vance, and a one-out RBI single by senior Abby Foley, but Athens tied the game in the home half of the frame on an RBI groundout off the bat of freshman Jules Pack.
Freshman McKenzie Williams and senior Alissa Hine rapped back-to-back one-out doubles in the fourth inning to put Tioga up 2-1. Hine later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 3-1.
In the bottom of the third, sophomore Marissa Butler led off with a walk, and freshman Savannah Persun, and senior Macie Coyle followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases.
An error plated one run, and a fielder’s choice another to tie the game at 3-3, then senior Caydence Macik ripped a two-run double to center field to give the Lady Wildcats the lead for good, at 5-3.
After a single by senior Aliyah Butler, Macik scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Pack to push the lead to 6-3.
Junior M.J. Thetga launched a one-out home run over the center field fence in the top of the fifth to close the gap to 6-4.
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Athens added a pair of insurance runs. Macik and Aliyah Butler started things off with back-to-back singles to put runners at first and third. An error on Butler’s hit allowed Macik to score to make it 7-4.
Pack provided the final run of the game with a line-drive RBI double.
Eighth-grader RaeAnne Feeko rapped a one-out double in the top of the seventh, but Persun recorded the final two outs to finish off the complete game.
Persun allowed four runs — three earned — on seven hits in seven innings, while striking out eight and walking two in the win.
Aliyah Butler stroked three singles and scored one run to lead Athens’ nine-hit attack, while Macik doubled and singled, scored three runs, and drove in two runs, and Persun added a pair of singles.
Pack doubled and drove in three runs in the win, while Macie Coyle singled and scored one run, Braelynn Wood and Mackenzie Morgan each scored one run and drove in one run, and Marissa Butler crossed the plate once.
Foley singled twice and drove in one run to pace Tioga at the plate, while Thetga hit a sole home run, Williams, Vance, and Hine each doubled and scored one run, and Feeko added a double.
Freshman Erin Luther was tagged with the loss, allowing five runs — four earned — on four hits, while striking out three and walking one in three innings of work.
Hine finished off the game, allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits, while striking out one and walking nine in three innings.
Athens improves to 8-10, while Tioga falls to 11-5.
ATHENS — After pitching seven inning in a win over Tioga earlier in the
day, Athens freshman Savanah Persun told her coach she “wanted the ball”
again against Waverly here Saturday afternoon in the nightcap of the
“Battle at the Border.”
Wildcat coach Mickey Farrell granted Persun’s wish, and she made him look like a genius, lead Athens to an 11-1 win over the Lady Wolverines.
“I wanted to start Aliyah (Butler), but Savanah (Persun) wanted the ball again,” said Farrell. “She pitched great, pounding the zone, and throwing strikes.
“Plus, we changed our infield except for Caydence (Macik) at shortstop and only had one error,” noted Farrell, who pointed out a couple of key performances for the Lady Wildcats.
“Brea Wood from the 9-spot had a great day hitting and is doing a great job at first base,” said Farrell. “Caydence had a great game as well .
“Macie (Coyle) also had three big hits and has been doing a great job catching in place of Ash (VanFleet), who is out for the season,” added Farrell.
With wins over Tioga and Waverly on Saturday, and Sayre earlier this season, the Lady Wildcats also capture the mythical “Valley championship.”
Persun allowed an unearned run on two hits, while striking out eight and walking two in a five-inning complete-game win.
Waverly took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Lead-off hitter Michaela Lauper reached on an error, and eventually scored on a two-out RBI single by Aubrey Ennis.
The Lady Wildcats erased the deficit in short order as Caydence Macik, Aliyah Butler, and Jules Pack rapped back-to-back-to-back doubles to open the inning for a 2-1 lead.
With one out, Persun helped out her own cause with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
Braelynn Wood and Macik stroked RBI singles in the second inning to give Athens a 5-1 lead.
Persun and Macie Coyle belted back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the third, extending the Lady Wildcat advantage to 6-1.
With one out, Mackenzie Morgan plated Macie Coyle with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1, and Macik capped the rally with a two-out RBI double to push the lead to 8-1.
The Lady Wildcats scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out the game via the 10-run “mercy rule.”
Macie Coyle led off the inning with a single, and Emma Renninger worked a walk. After Coyle scored on a wild pitch, Wood hit a RBI single up the middle to make it 10-1.
After a single by Macik and a walk to Pack, Ella Coyle ended the game with an RBI single to left field.
Macik was 4-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored, and two RBI, while Macie Coyle was 3-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI, and Wood was 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored, and three RBI to pace Athens’ 14-hit attack.
Butler, Pack, and Persun each doubled, scored one run, and drove in one run in the win, while Ella Coyle singled and drove in one run, Morgan scored one run and drove in one run, and Renninger scored one run.
Ennis singled and drove in one run, and Lea VanAllen added a single to account for Waverly’s two hits, and Lauper scored one run.
With the win, Athens improves to 9-10 on the season, and now needs a win at Montgomery (14-2) Wednesday to qualify for the upcoming District 4, Class 4A playoffs.
“We are like Jeykill and Hyde,” said Farrell. “When we play with heart and some enthusiasm, we beat some really good teams like Wyalusing and Liberty and Selingsgrove, but then we lose games to teams we should beat … but played like a bad version of the Bad News Bears.
“Our season comes down to one game,” noted Farrell. “Montgomery is a really good team and to beat them would mean we really earned a district spot, but it’s gonna come down to what team shows up.
“We will have to play our best game of the season to have a chance,” added Farrell. “Canton showed they are not invincible, so anything can happen. All it takes is one time, so why not now.”
Waverly falls to 9-8 on the season.
MANSFIELD — Juniors Mason Lister and Cameron Sullivan combined on a
five-hit shutout to lead Athens to a 7-0 win over North Penn-Mansfield
here Monday afternoon in NTL Large School Division baseball action.
Lister, who pitched a complete-game four-hitter in his last start, tossed 5 2/3 innings to earn the win, allowing three hits, while striking out nine and walking one.
Sullivan allowed two hits, while striking out two and walking one in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Athens took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Senior Karter Rude led off the game with a single, stole second, and scored on a two-out outfield error off the bat of Lister, who scored on an RBI double by junior Lucas Kraft.
Senior Kaden Setzer, J.J. Babcock, and Dylan Merritt led off the second inning with consecutive singles to load the bases. With two outs, Sullivan looped a two-run single to right field to make it 4-0.
Athens added an unearned run in the third inning, then tacked on two runs in the fifth in a rally highlighted by an RBI single by J.J. Babcock.
Kraft doubled twice, scored one run, and drove in one run, while Babcock singled twice, scored one run and knocked in one run, and Setzer singled twice and scored two runs to pace Athens at the plate.
Sullivan singled and scored two runs in the win, while Rude and junior Jaren Glisson each singled and scored one run, Merritt added a single, and Lister scored one run.
Cam Fabian was 3-for-3, and Hunter Thompson had two hits to account for all five of NP-M’s five hits.
Athens, now 11-7, returns to action Tuesday at Lansing.
MANSFIELD — Athens senior Caydence Macik belt a pair of solo home runs,
but North Penn-Liberty ace Mackenzi Tice held down the rest of the
line-up in a 9-4 win here Monday afternoon in NTL Large School Division
ATHENS — Canton scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to blow
open a close game en route to a 10-3 win over Athens here Thursday
afternoon in NTL softball action.
“For five innings it was a ballgame,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “Again, though other than Aliyah (Butler) and Emma (Renninger), no one was swinging the bat well, but we were making enough plays to give us a chance, and then like many times this year defensively we fell apart.
“Savannah (Persun) threw a pretty good game, but we’re allowing the other team too many opportunities to score because we just can’t make the play when we need to,” added Farrell. “You can’t give a good team like Canton extra outs because they will and did take advantage of it.”
The Lady Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by an RBI single by senior Aliyah Butler.
Canton got on the board in the top of the third inning with one run, and took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the fourth innings.
The Lady Warriors’ big fifth inning game them a 8-2 lead after 5 1/2 innings.
Butler belted a lead-off double in the bottom of the sixth inning, and eventually scored to close the gap to 8-3.
Canton provided the final margin with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Butler was 3-for-3 with a double, one run scored, and one RBI, and Emma Renninger singled twice to account for five of Athens’ six hits.
Freshman Jules Pack singled and scored one run for the Lady Wildcats, and freshman Ella Coyle scored one run.
Athens, now 7-9, returns to action Monday against North Penn-Liberty.
WELLSBORO — Athens struck first in the top of the first inning, but
Wellsboro answered with a flurry of runs in a 13-3 win here Tuesday
afternoon in NTL Large School Division softball action.
Athens coach Mickey Farrell said his team is banged-up, but was pleased with their effort in the loss.
“We have three starters out, possibly for the season, and the girls Tonight who replaced them did s great job,” he said.
“We just didn’t hit the ball,” noted Farrell. “Defensively we were actually pretty good, especially our outfield — we only had three errors.
“We are trying to find the positive,” Farrell added. “Hopefully, we learn from all we’re doing and keep playing as hard as we can.”
The Lady Wildcats scored two runs with two outs in their first at-bats. Senior Aliyah Butler rapped an RBI double to score freshman Jules Pack, who led off the rally with a two-out single. Butler later scored on a throwing error.
Wellsboro scored one run in the home half of the inning, then scored four in the second, and one more in the third inning to take a 6-2 lead.
Athens got one run back in the fourth inning to close the gap to 6-4, but Wellsboro scored three runs in the fourth, and finished off the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with four runs to invoke the 10-run “mercy” rule.
Butler doubled, scored one run, and drove in one run to lead Athens at the plate, while freshmen Savannah Persun and Emma Coyle each had a single, and Pack and senior Macie Coyle each scored one run.
Rylie Boyce had three hits for Wellsboro, and Emma Coolidge and Paige Logsdon added two hits apiece.
Athens, now 7-8, returns to action Friday when it hosts Canton.
ATHENS — Wyalusing built a big lead early, and took advantage of nine
Athens errors in a 13-3 win here Monday afternoon in NTL Large School
For the Lady Rams, the win avenges a 21-15 loss to the Lady Wildcats last week.
Jenelle Johns, who was knocked out of the game last week in the first inning, pitched a complete game to earn the win. She allowed three runs on eight hits, while striking out nine and walking none.
Wyalusing scored one run in the first, four more in the second, and one more in the third to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Lady Rams pushed two runs across the plate in the fourth, and three more in the fifth inning to take an 11-0 lead.
Athens scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a three-run triple by senior Macie Coyle.
Wyalusing tacked on two runs in the top of the seventh inning to provide the final margin.
Senior Aliyah Butler and sophomore Marissa Butler each singled twice and scored one run to lead Athens at the plate, while Macie Coyle tripled and drove in three runs, Cailin McDaniel doubled and scored one run, and senior Caydence Macik, and freshman Jules Pack each singled. Freshman Ella Coyle scored one run.
Athens, now 7-7, travel to Wellsboro Tuesday.
ATHENS — Cowanesque Valley erupted for eight runs in the top of the
third inning en route to a season-opening, 12-2, win over Athens here
Friday afternoon in NTL softball action.
“First of all, take nothing away from CV,” said Athens coach Mickey Farrell. “They played how we expect to play . Their pitcher threw strikes , they put the ball in play, with some nice timely hitting, they were aggressive on the base paths, and they played very good D. We did none of those .
“We had one bad inning, and it was too much to come back from,” noted Farrell. “My kids never gave up, though. We just got beat by a better team — plain and simple.”
The Lady Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI single bu Mackenzie Surine.
CV added two more runs in the second inning by Tabbitha Piper and Huzey.
In the decisive third-inning rally, the Lady Indians sent 13 batters to the plate. Shrine singled and scored twice, and Ruby Sherman and Katie Adams each added singles,
Athens got on the board in the home half of the third inning when senior Caydence Macik reached on an error, and scored on a two-out RBI single by freshman Savannah Persun.
CV extended the lead to 12-1 in the top of the fifth when Surine led off with a single and eventually scored.
Freshman Jules Pack led off the home half of the fifth with a single, and circled the bases on passed balls to close the gap to 12-2, but Sherman retired the next three Athens batters to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Pack singled twice and scored one run to pace Athens at the plate, while freshman Ella Coyle, Persun, and sophomore Marissa Butler each singled, and Macik scored one run
Macik was tagged with the loss. She struck out three and walked three.
Sherman got the win for CV, going five innings and giving up two runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Surine collected four hits for the Lady Indians, while Adams, Sherman, Labarron, Piper and Huzey all added singles in the win.
Athens returns to action Thursday when it hosts Canton.