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The Gazette, Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DISTRICT IV CLASS A SOFTBALL ONE Team Advances to PIAA Tournament

photo courtesy of Chris Manning

Cowanesque Valley’s Shanelle Ianson’s raps out a ground rule-double RBI during the Lady Indians’ District IV Class A playoff action at Northeast Bradford on Thursday, May 23.

DISTRICT IV CLASS A BASEBALL ONE Team Advances to PIAA Tournament

photo by TIM McBRIDE

wellsBoRo’s MaTT Reese snags the ball and awaits the tag at second during the District IV Class AA playoff with Montoursville on Saturday, May 25.

DISTRICT IV CLASS AA BASEBALL TWO Teams Advances to PIAA Tournament

photo by TIM McBRIDE

PRePaReD FoR THe Play at first base, Wellsboro’s Joseph Allen awaits the throw from the mound, as Montoursville’s runner returns for the tag. photo by TIM McBRIDE

wInDInG uP on THe MounD Wellsboro’s Brandon Owlett prepares to release the pitch, during the District IV Class AA playoff with Montoursville, on Saturday, May

DISTRICT IV CLASS AA SOFTBALL TWO Teams Advances to PIAA Tournament

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ond base in shallow center field. Once again, Dawson Prough is involved. He is running to catch the ball and does so, with everyone believing the third out has been made. But the ball drops when he begins to transfer it out of the glove. The infield umpire signals no catch which allows the second run to score. “What a change of events for us. Dawson caught the ball running. It was caught by his chin. In his natural running motion and instincts to take the ball out with his bare hand, the ball does not come out of the glove until it was at his waist. We believe he clearly has position of the ball long enough to be considered an out,” continued Prough. “Again, another judgement call that has an impact on the game. When the opposing team, and more importantly, their many fans, aren’t saying anything and are looking around in elated disbelief, you know it was a bad call.” The Hornets best scoring opportunity came in the next inning when Owlett and Reese reach base. After a fielder’s choice by Dawson Prough, Wellsboro had runners on first

and third with two outs and Ben Shaw at the plate. Ranck was able to strike out Shaw on his best curve ball of the day. “In the end, we can’t say the errors or calls lost the game. You can’t win if you don’t score a single run. But they did impact the game. When your down late in the game, you can’t be as aggressive with your running game. That’s what you don’t want to have happen as a coach, player or umpire - have calls have such an impact on the outcome. “Pierce threw a career game. The difference today was he allowed no free passes. We allowed six. Mix in an error and a wild pitch, and that’s the game.” “It’s tough to end the season in that fashion when you truly believe you’re the better team. But that’s baseball. And as I told our players, that’s life. We prepared diligently and worked hard. I told them that whatever they do in life, go about it the same way and They’ll be guaranteed success. It took a career day from the district’s top pitcher to beat us. Tip your hat to him. We end knowing it takes that type of performance to beat us, so our heads won’t be hanging,” concluded Prough.


5 28 prepared for the play (mcbride