The North Penn-Liberty softball team suffered their fourth loss of the season and their second straight when they hosted Galeton Thursday, April 18.
Galeton entered the matchup looking to rebound from a 10-2 loss to Otto-Eldred the day before. With Savannah Doney in the circle, the Lady Tigers would have their hands full at the plate. Doney leads the NTL with 70 strike outs.
For the Lady Mounties, they were facing Reagan Fuller who had 2-2 record and 29 strikeouts entering the matchup.
Scoring came at a premium Thursday. For the Lady Mounties this was thanks to Doney who matched her season high with 15 strike outs against Galeton. For the Lady Tigers defense was key. Fuller didn’t earn a strike out and yet Galeton held North Penn-Liberty scoreless through seven innings to force extras.
In the top of the eighth, Galeton’s offense came to life and scored three runs in their at bats.
The Lady Mounties put up one run in the bottom of the eighth but were unable to overcome the three run deficit and earned their fourth loss of the season.
Shaelyn Berguson and Sara Swingle each went 3-for-4 at the plate in the loss.
Jessica Kouba was 2-for-5.
McKayla Valentine was responsible for North Penn-Liberty’s one run on a 1-for-2 night at the plate.
Mariah Kshir, Kiersten Mitstifer, Emma Williams and McKenzie Heater each had a hit in the loss.
North Penn-Liberty would record their fifth loss of the season when they faced off with Athens Tuesday, April 23.
Doney struck out eight Athens batters but gave up two home runs and seven total hits.
Athens pitcher Megan Bennett stuck out seven and allowed just two North Penn-Liberty hits.
Athens jumped ahead in the fourth with a solo home run by Emma Adams. The Lady Wildcats added one run in the sixth and closed out the game with three runs in the top of the seventh via a three run blast by Cadence Macik.
The Lady Mounties look to bounce back from the loss Thursday when they host Cowanesque Valley.