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Moniteau stays alive

Softball team advances to state playoffs

Moniteau’s softball team rallied with one run in the seventh inning to tie the game, then dropped four runs on Curwensville an inning later in defeating the Golden Tide, 10-6, in Brockway Tuesday afternoon.

The win seals for the Warriors (14-10) second place in District 9 Class 2A and the berth into the state playoffs that comes with it.

Emma Covert doubled in Lilly Staab in the top of the seventh, then delivered a two-run triple in the eighth after Brianna Rottman and Staab both drove in a run to make it 8-6.

“Their pitcher (Addison Siple) is really good, ended the game with nine strikeouts and just one walk,” said Moniteau coach Bob Rottman. “She has a lot of movement on the ball and we played a lot of small-ball today.

“We wanted to make their team beat us, not just their pitcher.”

Covert pitched the first two innings for the Warriors and returned to get the last five outs to earn the win. In between, Moniteau turned to Mariska Shunk.

Moniteau’s hopes of a district title were dashed with a loss to eventual champion Cranberry last Wednesday. The Warriors kept their season alive with a 7-4 victory over Johnsonburg on Monday before facing Curwensville.

“We found ourselves down in both games the last two days,” said Rottman. “The credit goes to the girls for continuing to play and fight. We took the long road to the state playoffs, but we got there.”

Moniteau will face District 10 champion Sharpsville in the first round of the PIAA tournament Monday at a site and time to be determined.

Moniteau 023 000 14 — 10 11 x

Curwensville 200 031 00 — 6 9 x

W: Emma Covert 3.2 IP (0K, 0BB). L: Addison Siple 8 IP (9K, 1BB).

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