Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
BASES: Monticellos Sam Tucker
waits to catch a throw from shortstop Sam Lynch
as Tri-Valleys Rachel Altbach slides safely
back into first base during Fridays
championship game. Altbach stayed in the run down
long enough for a run to score in the confusion.
Bears Beat Monticello
By Rob Potter
GRAHAMSVILLE May 2, 2000 -- The championship game of the annual
Sullivan County Officials Softball Tournament featured
something extra this year.
That extra applied to both excitement and
Tri-Valleys Jessica Miller smacked a single to
center field in the bottom of the ninth inning in
Fridays title tilt to score teammate Heidi Manell
and give the Lady Bears a 11-10 win over Monticello.
A few minutes before, however, the possibility of extra
innings seemed slim as T-V carried a 9-5 lead into the
top of the seventh. But the Lady Panthers proved Yogi
Berras old adage to be true once again and
guaranteed that the game would not be over in the
Two walks, an infield hit and a bloop RBI single by
Kristi Beamer allowed Monticello to cut the T-V lead to
9-8. Then Becky Sheerer lined the ball just inside the
bag at third to score Beamer with the tying run.
When the Lady Bears failed to score in the bottom of the
frame, the teams played by the international tie-breaker
rule in the eighth and ninth innings. The rule puts the
batter who made the final out in the previous inning at
second base and then her team comes to bat as usual.
In the top of the eighth, Kim Donohue ripped a double to
left to score Melissa Lewis and give the Lady Panthers a
10-9 lead. But in the bottom of the frame, T-V came right
back. Lisa Sorrentino, who began the frame on second,
stole third base and scored when Rachel Altbach grounded
out to second.
A stellar defensive play in the top of the ninth allowed
the Lady Bears to keep the game knotted at 10. After
Beamer started at second base and went to third on a
passed ball, Sheerer hit a ground ball to shortstop and
Miller picked it up and fired the ball to catcher Alesia
Rexford. Rexford did a fine job of blocking the plate and
tagging out Beamer.
Monticello put two more runners on base, but Manell, who
pitched the entire game for T-V, induced two fly balls to
end the threat and set the stage for Millers
Its nice to win a game like that, noted
T-V coach Mary Feusner. Weve lost two league
games in extra innings this season.
Feusner also enjoyed how her team played, both in the
championship game and in the Lady Bears opening
round 11-7 win over Liberty.
I was very pleased with our hitting today,
she commented. We were smashing the ball all over
Monticello coach Ed Kaufmann was disappointed that his
team made a couple of silly errors early in the
But overall, he was pleased.
Weve been playing pretty well all year,
he said of his team, which beat Eldred 15-4 to reach the
final versus T-V. The team has been working hard
and just needs to learn some more fundamentals. But they
play with a lot of heart.
Kaufmann also praised junior varsity coaches Kyle Hoar
and Dan Orlan, for working with the younger players who
are now on the varsity roster. (Monticellos varsity
team has only two seniors in the lineup.)
Leading the Lady Panther offense versus T-V were Beamer,
who went 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI, and Sheerer, who was
3-for-6 with one RBI.
Altbach had two hits and an RBI for Tri-Valley. Megan
Sheeley (3-for-4, 2 RBI) and Miller (2-for-6, 2 RBI) also
helped the Lady Bear offense.
In the tournaments third-place game, Eldred shut
out Liberty by a 10-0 score. The game was called after
five innings due to the 10-run rule.