Mont Alto defeated: Brandywine captures championship
PSUMA played the No. 1 seed out of the PSUAC East Division, Penn State Brandywine who captured its sixth-straight PSUAC Championship won by an 8-0 score in five innings.
Mont Alto’s softball team fought its way back through the loser’s bracket of the PSUAC Tournament to earn an appearance in the championship game Tuesday, then suffered a loss to PSUAC East’s champions.
How it happened
Penn State Brandywine came out swinging in the bottom of the first frame scoring seven runs on nine hits. They forced Mont Alto starting pitcher Kirsten Dell (Hanover, Pa./New Oxford), who was stung for six earned runs within the inning, out of the game. Emily Bittinger (Waynesboro, Pa./Waynesboro Area) tossed 3.2 innings of relief.
Brandywine never really looked back after it’s big scoring outburst. They tallied the final run of the game on a Rachel Cherubini RBI single. Rebecca Halford tossed all five innings to improve to 10-4 for Brandywine as both teams will now compete in the USCAA Small College World, which will take place May 16-20 in DuBois, Pa.
McKenna Sas (Canyon County, Calif./Canyon County) had a nice championship game finishing 2-for-3 with a double and a hard lined single.
At the conclusion of the PSUAC Tournament, Coach Newell was recognized as the PSUAC Coach of the Year, and the student-athletes named to the All-Conference and other End of the Season awards were recognized on the field.
Penn State Mont Alto now enters the USCAA Small College World Series as the No. 6 seed. They play the No. 4 seed, Mississippi University for Women, Monday, May 17 at Hiendl Field. Mississippi enters the tournament with a 16-12 overall record.