WPIAL champ Montour ousted
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For the first time in 51 days, Montour allowed an opponent to score more than three runs in a game.
Not coincidentally, the Spartans also lost for the first time in 51 days.
WPIAL champion Montour managed only three hits off of Big Spring's Callie Pastor and had its 11-game winning streak snapped, 5-0, in a PIAA Class AAA semifinal Monday at Saint Francis University in Loretto.
Kaitlyn Kutchman went 2 for 3 and Megan Vacco had the other hit for Montour, which had allowed a total of eight runs in going 6-0 in the postseason before Monday.
Pastor kept the Spartans (19-6) off balance with effective off-speed pitches and curveballs. She did not walk a batter and had six strikeouts.
Pastor was also Big Spring's offensive star. The Bulldogs' leadoff hitter, she had a double and a triple and scored twice. Kayla Smith had two RBIs for Big Spring (20-4), the third-place team from District 3 that will play Valley View in the PIAA title game 12:30 p.m. Friday at Penn State.
• Neshannock 15, Martinsburg Central 5 (5 innings): Two sisters led the Lancers into the PIAA championship game for the "Furst" time.
Amanda Furst was the winning pitcher and had four RBIs and Rayanna Furst had three hits and two runs as Neshannock (23-1) routed the District 6 Dragons (19-7) at Saint Francis.
Neshannock scored six in the bottom of the first. Martinsburg Central pulled back to within 7-5 but did not record an out against nine batters in the fifth. Neshannock scored seven times in the inning to take a 10-run lead, inducing the "mercy rule."
"This is a confident bunch right now," Lancers coach Tracy Kimmel said. "They take everything in stride."
Amanda Furst, Madison Shaffer and Madison Altmyer each had three hits. Katelyn Burrelli had a two-run triple among her three RBIs, and Marissa DeMatteo scored three runs.
Neshannock had 16 hits -- many of them bunt singles, including the first three batters in each of the first and fifth innings.
The Lancers will play Warrior Run in the PIAA championship game 3 p.m. Friday at Penn State.
• Fannett-Metal 7, Chartiers-Houston 2: Fannett-Metal scored six runs in its final two innings, snapping the two-time reigning WPIAL champion Bucs' winning streak at 19 at Saint Francis.
Blaire Lauthers had eight strikeouts in tossing a four-hitter, and she hit a two-run homer for Fannett-Metal (23-3).
Kayla Briggs had six strikeouts pitching and had the only extra-base hit (a double) for Chartiers-Houston, which finished 25-2.
First Published June 12, 2012 12:00 am