The Galeton Lady Tigers softball team entered districts last week with a first round matchup at home against Canton. Galeton earned a 4-3 win after weathering a Canton rally in the fifth.
Galeton got on the board early when Jessie Evans scored in the first after reaching base with a single. Evans stole second and was driven in on a single by Maddie Sauley.
The Lady Tigers got on the scoreboard again in the third with two runs. First, Brielle Kalacinski crossed home on a sacrifice bunt from Cara Parsell. Then, Evans drove in Katie Pagano with a single for the second run of the inning.
The Lady Tigers were leading by three when Canton’s Emma Ward hit a double with the bases loaded to even the score at 3-3.
Galeton responded with their fourth and final run when Kalacinski hit a single to drive in Maddie Sunderlin. The Lady Tigers then held Canton scoreless to earn a first round victory.
Evans led Galeton at the plate going 3-for-3 with an RBI and one run scored.
Kalacinski, Parsell and Sauley were each responsible for one RBI in the win.
Galeton advanced to the semi finals where they met top seeded Bucktail.
Galeton scored six runs in the first inning but managed just two more in the innings following.
After scoring one run in the first inning, Bucktail trailed by five.
Galeton extended their lead to six with a run in the third but Bucktail responded in the bottom of the inning with five runs to decrease the lead to just one. Bucktail tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings.
In the eighth Galeton was unable to score in their at-bat and Bucktail capitalized on the opportunity with a run in the bottom half of the inning to earn a 9-8 victory. Kalacinski led the Lady Tigers at the plate and finished the night 4-for-4 with an RBI.
Bucktail now advances to the finals where they will meet the number two seed, Montgomery.
The last time these two teams met, Montgomery won 12-1.
The loss brings Galeton’s strong season to an end.