PIAA softball: Montour pitcher has quality outing at plate, too
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For Kaitlyn Kutchman, it was a big day pitching and hitting.
Kutchman, a senior at Montour, was the winning pitcher and also was 3 for 3 hitting to lead the Spartans to a 4-1 victory against Greensburg Salem in a PIAA Class AAA quarterfinal Thursday at North Allegheny.
Kutchman pitched a six-hitter and struck out six. She had two doubles, a single and two RBIs.
"That's just her," Montour coach Bill Wills said. "She's been like that the whole year, pitching and hitting. ... It's just a great feeling to have her."
Malory Geist hit a solo home run in the third inning to give Montour (19-5) a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Stacey Capp singled home a run and Kutchman had a two-run double.
Greensburg Salem (17-4) scored its only run in the sixth on Kellie Hutchinson's RBI single. On the play, Taylor Mehan was thrown out at third for the final out of the inning
• Neshannock 4, Fairview 3: Madison Shaffer and Rayanna Furst each had an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh as the Lancers (22-1) came back for a win at Allegheny College. Fairview had a 3-0 lead through three innings, but Neshannock scored twice in fourth, setting up the seventh-inning rally. Furst's walk-off single came with the bases loaded. Her sister, Amanda Furst, pitched a six-hitter.
District 10 champion Fairview (23-1) had an undefeated season derailed by a WPIAL team in the PIAA playoffs for the second year in a row.
• The Deer Lakes-Martinsburg Central quarterfinal was postponed by rain at Saint Francis University in Loretto. It was rescheduled for noon today.
• Chartiers-Houston 4, Saegertown 3: The WPIAL champion Bucs held off a late rally by Saegertown (20-3) to post the win at North Allegheny.
With two outs in the seventh inning, Saegertown's Becca Snyder scored on a single after a close play at the plate. But Bucs catcher Colby Miller then ended the game when she threw out Rachel DeBartolomeo running to third on the play.
The bottom of the lineup was key for Chartiers-Houston (25-1) as Kelli Dufresne, Kassie Kesneck and Megan Kraushaar each had two hits. Miller also had two hits for the Bucs.
Chartiers-Houston scored three runs on three hits in the third inning and scored its other run in the fifth on a Kayla Briggs triple. Briggs also pitched a complete game, allowing six singles and a walk with four strikeouts. Miller went 2 for 3 with an RBI.
"We hit the hit the ball well today," Bucs coach Tricia Alderson said. "The bottom of the lineup did their job -- they got on base. It was a good team effort today."
• Canon-Millian's quarterfinal against District 6 champion Central Mountain (12-11) was suspended due to rain after three innings at Saint Francis. The Big Macs were leading, 6-1. Olivia Lorusso had a two-run homer in the third for WPIAL champion Canon-McMillan (17-5). The game will be completed at 2 p.m. today.
First Published June 8, 2012 12:00 am