Pittsfield softball comes up short at Mount Anthony, falling 2-1
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony pitcher Baylee Ports was so efficient in her outing on Tuesday, even Pittsfield softball coach Greg Marchbanks wasn't sure how many hits she gave up.
"What, they had one more hit than us or something?" he said. "That was about all that did it. We didn't get the hit, they got the one hit."
In truth, Marchbanks' Generals had one more hit than the Patriots on Wednesday afternoon, but Ports worked herself out of every situation she faced to help her team to a 2-1 victory at home.
"I knew that they were good hitters, so I wanted to throw enough strikes, but not so many that it was right down the middle," said Ports, who struck out five while walking only one batter on eight hits. "I wanted to get ahead of them and then keep it away and try to make them bite."
Her counterpart, Emily Koldys, also tossed a gem, giving up only four hits with one strikeout and zero walks. She also tossed the last three innings after taking a ball to her right shoulder as she tried to run back to third in the top of the fourth.
"It hit her in the shoulder," Marchbanks said of the play. "[Koldys] did what she needed to do. She put it in play and we played good defense."
All of MAU's offense came in the second. Kori Bow led off with a triple down the left-field line, and was brought home by Lauren Woodcock on a single to make it 1-0. After Koldys got the next two batters out, Kate Goodell brought in Woodcock on a double to make it 2-0.
Pittsfield's next chance to score came in the fourth, as Koldys reached on a walk and eventually made it to third base. With two outs and runners on the corners, though, Koldys was stranded as Ports forced Tiffany Robinson into a pop-up to left field to keep MAU up 2-0.
The Generals finally pushed a run across in the fifth when Aoife Nester reached on an error by the outfield, scoring Lauren Carnevale. But on the play, Nester was called out sliding into third in a 50/50 decision. Ports ended the inning on the next at-bat, recording her third strikeout of the day.
Pittsfield had early opportunities to score. In the first, Pittsfield's Erin Murphy reached on an error and then advanced to third on a Nester single, but with Allie Hunt up, Murphy was caught too far off the base and was thrown out by Elwell.
Hunt would single and push Nester to third, but Ports forced Koldys into a groundout to end the inning.
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Emily Koldys and Aoife Nester; Baylee Ports and Julie Elwell. WP -- Ports. LP -- Koldys. 2B -- MAU 1 (Kate Goodwell). 3B -- MAU 1 (Kori Bow).