The Port Allegany softball team went 2-2 last week, sandwiching road wins at Smethport and Bradford around a doubleheader sweep by the visiting Northern Potter squad.
With Monday’s scheduled doubleheader at Coudersport the last remaining games on the slate before the District 9 reporting deadline, the Gators (6-8) would need to sweep the Falcons to reach the .500 mark. Port is scheduled to travel to Galeton on May 15 for a makeup game against the Tigers, then host Smethport on May 16 and Kane on May 17 to close out the regular season.
Port Allegany 17, Smethport 13
Marah Rush (2-4, four RBI), Kaylee Boyd (3-5, three RBI), Jenna Sprankle (3-5, double, two RBI) and Cailey Barnett (2-4, two RBI) all contributed as the Gators posted their second double-digit performance in a row. Jade Evens picked up the win in the pitcher’s circle, striking out three Hubber batters while allowing four hits and issuing nine walks.
Northern Potter 11, Port Allegany 4 Northern Potter 21, Port Allegany 6
The visiting Panthers jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first game before a Port rally in the top of the fourth cut it to 5-4, but pitcher Megan Hyde came on in relief to shut down the Gator bats while NoPo added a five-run spurt in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach.
In the nightcap, Port put three runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning via Sprankle’s triple to right field and Barnett’s double to the fence, but it was all NoPo after that as the Panthers closed out the five-inning win.
Port Allegany 12, Bradford 5
Barnett’s hot hitting continued, with the junior catcher ripping a three-run double and adding an inside-the-park home run to spark the Gators to the non-league win over the Owls. Sprankle finished 3-for-5 with a double, while Tori Tanner added two RBI for Port. Evens struck out five while giving up four hits and four free passes to record the win, with Kierra Keck (1 SO, 3 BB) and Bree Garzel combining to pitch three scoreless innings in relief.