T-D HS Softball

Tigers rally ends Trojans’ season


JOHNSTOWN — Top-seeded Johnstown rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning, only to allow six in the sixth as the Trojans lost a 9-7 decision to Hollidaysburg in a District 6 Class AAA semifinal softball playoff game Thursday.
The Golden Tigers, seeded fourth in a field of four, will play Bellefonte for the district championship on Wednesday at State College.
Johnstown finished the year 13-5.
“I’m happy. Of course, I wanted to move farther,” Johnstown coach Randy Romesberg said. “I have a lot of seniors and a lot of them are heartbroken right now.”
The Trojans listed 12 seniors, including six starters.
“I told them they have bigger and better things to move on to, and don’t take it too hard,” Romesberg said. “I was very proud of the way they battled.”
“[Johnstown] is a great team, a good fundamental team,” Hollidaysburg manager Dennis Carter said.
Hollidaysburg right-hander Alyssa Pheasant limited the Trojans to two hits over the first four innings while nursing a 3-0 lead. Then the scoring really began.
Johnstown sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning, which was highlighted by Amber Maurer’s one-out grand slam, which pushed the Trojans ahead 4-3. Maurer’s blast was the second in the history of Lady Trojan Field. Madison McKee’s RBI double and a run-scoring single by Melissa Gosnell gave starter Lexi Lindrose a 7-3 lead.
It would not last. Two runs scored on a misplay of a ground ball by Pheasant, and Krista Shaw drove in Pheasant after another misplayed ground ball. Hannah Mercer followed with a two-run double that put Hollidaysburg back in front, 8-7. Mercer then scored on a single by Taylor Herr.
“We made some mistakes at key times, a couple of errors at the wrong time,” Romesberg said.
Lindrose gave up six hits and seven runs before switching places with batterymate Madison McKee with one out in the the sixth.
“She just tired out,” Romesberg said. “I thought it was time to make the change.”
Five of the runs Lindrose allowed were unearned.