By DENNY SROKA
It took three innings for the Mount Union softball team to get on track Thursday afternoon in Milesburg where the Trojans met District 11 Champion Williams Valley from Tower City in the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class 2A Softball Tournament.
The Trojans fell behind 6-0 in the first two innings the Mount Union pitcher not finding the strike zone. She gave up five walks and four hits. The Trojans then got things going and outscored the Vikings 2-1 over the last five innings, but could not dig out of the six-run hole from the first two innings.
Karrigan Woodward (14-4) worked all seven innings for the Trojans (19-4) with five strike outs and nine walks while giving up seven hits. Woodward came into the game with 21 walks in 17 games this season. She wasn’t getting strike calls and was visibly shaken in the first inning.
Emma Crisswell (16-4), the Vikings (21-4) workhorse, went the distance for the Vikings, holding the Trojans to six hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
“This team, with the seniors that are here, has won both District 6 titles that the program has in its records,” commented Trojan coach Matt Fiscus. “That is something to be proud of. I am not a guy that complains, but today’s strike zone was consistent. The other team also complained. It really impacted what could have been an awfully close game. I can take a loss. At this level, coming back after being in the hole we were in is tough. The team did not give up.î
With one out in the top of the first inning, Woodward walked four batters with a single mixed two give up two runs.
The Vikings put up four runs in the top of the second, Woodward, clearly struggling to find the strike zone, allowed a single and her fifth walk along with a double. The Vikings extended the score to 6-0 going into the third inning.
The Trojans scored their first run in the bottom of the fourth when Morgan Brumbaugh doubled and Kaitlin Arnold drove her in with a double.
The Viking came back and added a run in the top of the fifth inning. With two out, Tori Rabuck drew a walk and Jade Groff singled and a very controversial call allowed the Vikings to score the run on a single by Gracie Ruch.
The Trojans put up their last run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Arnold led off with a single and Patyn Crisswell doubled her to third. Arnold later scored on a fielder’s choice.
Williams Valley moves on to face District Four champion Line Mountain in a semifinal matchup Monday.