The story on Stroudsburg’s 7-6 victory over Pleasant Valley in softball didn’t make it online so here it is in blog form.
STROUDSBURG — Kat Liedberg never doubted her teammates. Neither did Kalista Gioglio.
They both knew Stroudsburg had plenty of time to chip away at its deficit.
Gioglio tied the game with a two-run double in the sixth inning, Liedberg scored the go-ahead run on the next play and Erica Molinaro pitched 5 1-3 innings of two-hit ball as Stroudsburg rallied for a 7-6 victory over Pleasant Valley in Mountain Valley Conference softball Thursday.
Stroudsburg (12-5, 10-1 MVC) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Sarah Canfield’s two-out RBI single, but Pleasant Valley seized control in the second.
Madison Shaneberger doubled and scored on an error, Jordan Meckes (3-for-3) scored two with a bases-loaded double and Brittney Bonser’s two-run single put the Bears up 5-1 to chase Stroudsburg starter Emily Kress from the game.
The Mounties went 1-2-3 in the second, but they knew the game was far from over.
“I believe in every one of my teammates and I knew that we could pick it up,” Liedberg said.
While Molinaro was keeping the Bears at bay, the Mounties began chipping away at their deficit.
After a walk and an error put runners on first and second with one out, Madison Pizzo singled in Liedberg to make it 5-2 in the third.
Liedberg drew another one-out walk in the fifth and scored all the way from first when Gioglio reached on an error to pull Stroudsburg to within two at 5-3.
“We just kept telling them to battle, keep fighting and that we could come back from this deficit,” Stroudsburg coach Maynard Frantz said.
Pleasant Valley (13-4, 11-1) pushed its lead back to three in the sixth when Meckes scored on Madison Shaneberger’s sac fly, but Canfield forced a PV runner out at second on Tracey Deubler’s one hopper to center field to end the inning to set the stage for a dramatic, and controversial, bottom of the sixth.
Emily Cramer walked and Molinaro singled, but it looked like Pleasant Valley got the first out on a force play on Amber Prisco’s ground ball. The field umpire ruled Molinaro out at second base, but after consulting with the home plate umpire, he ruled that the Bears bobbled the ball at second and called Molinaro safe to load the bases.
“I don’t understand how he could make the call when he tells me he’s looking at third (base) and then you see second at the same time,” Pleasant Valley coach Steve Caffrey said. “I just don’t see that, but that’s not what lost us this game. It’s not knowing what we’re doing on the bases and how many outs there are and not knowing what we’re doing in the field and how many outs there are and not making the plays when we should have.”
Kiersten Griesback got an out on a pop up, but Stroudsburg’s biggest plays were about to come.
Liedberg walked to force in a run and Gioglio followed with a first-pitch, ground-rule double to tie the game.
“That felt really good,” Gioglio said. “My teammates were all cheering me on.”
Pizzo followed with a ground ball, but Liedberg sprinted home and got underneath the tag to give the Mounties back the lead.
“I was really happy with the top of the order,” Frantz said. “Kat walked three times and that’s always a plus with Kalista behind her. And when Kalista came up, I told her she was in a big spot and that she could tie this game and she said, ‘Coach, why’d you have to tell me that?’ and it’s because it was a key spot and I knew she could handle the pressure and she came up big.”
So did Molinaro.
The sophomore had runners on in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth, but only gave up an unearned run. She saved her best inning for last, retiring the Bears in order in the seventh.
“My adrenaline was pumping and I was ready to go,” Molinaro said. “We had come all the way back. It was great.”
Stroudsburg 7, Pleasant Valley 6
Pleasant Valley 050 001 0 — 6 7 3
Stroudsburg 101 014 x — 7 6 2
PV, Kiersten Griesback and Mackie Caffrey; S, Emily Kress, Erica Molinaro (2) and Madison Pizzo.
W — Molinaro. L — Griesback.
SO-BB — PV, Griesback 5-4; S, Kress 1-1, Molinaro 6-5.
2B — PV, Madison Shaneberger, Jordan Meckes; S, Kalista Gioglio.
Records — Pleasant Valley 13-4, 11-1 MVC; Stroudsburg 12-5, 10-1.