Improving Monessen shuts out J-M, 3-0
Tuesday was a day of personal accomplishments for Monessen softball coach Bo Teets.
However, he chose to reserve the accolades for his team after the Lady Greyhounds beat visiting Jefferson-Morgan, 3-0, in a key Section 2 A contest.
The win set personal highs for wins in a season (five) and section wins (three) for Teets in his four years on the job.
Teets, instead, is simply happy that his young Lady Greyhounds (5-3, 3-3) are in the thick of a playoff race.
“It's been a while for us to be here,” Teets said with a smile. “The first two years were kinda thin for us. Last year, we won four games. This year I've stressed that our goal is to make the playoffs. And today was a big game for us for sure.”
The win moved Monessen ahead of J-M (4-3, 2-3) for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Lady Greyhounds used a brand of small ball as they scored three runs on just two hits.
They took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Shelby Minardi led off and reached second on an error. After an infield out moved her to third, she scored when Taylor Guzzie reached on an error.
In the fourth, Monessen made it 2-0 when Cara Grogan laced a one-out double to left. She moved up to third when Minardi singled to center and Grogan scored on a groundout by Alexa Vatakis.
Monessen's final run came in the bottom of the sixth and came as a result of two errors and a late pickoff throw.
“We've been playing that way all season,” Teets said of maximizing the offense his team generates. “We try to put the ball in play more and put pressure on the other team to make a play. Timely hitting and not giving up extra outs is what we've been preaching and that all worked for us today.”
What also worked was the workmanlike effort of Minardi, a hard-throwing freshman.
Minardi, who threw a perfect game earlier in the season, scattered five hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
“Shelby has been a workhorse for us all season,” Teets said. “Last year, we depended on a freshman on the mound and this year she has stepped in in the same role and has done well. She's only going to get better.”
Minardi showed her toughness in the seventh inning when after two outs, she gave up a hit and then the next batter reached on an error to put runners at first and second.
Up stepped J-M's Reagan Rush, who belted a double earlier in the game. But Minardi got her on a soft liner to second baseman Eden Holland.
“She's a fighter,” Teets said.
South Park 8, BV Area 3
BVA's slide continued in Section 3 AAA as Dana Achille scattered five hits for South Park (4-2, 4-2) and also smacked a home run.
South Park scored two run in the second and three more in the third and BVA (2-6, 1-4).
The Lady Leps tallied two runs in the fith inning and one more in the sixth.
Frazier 8, Serra 2
The Lady Commodores (5-1, 4-1) picked up a big win over Serra (5-2, 4-2) and took over sole possession of second place in Section 2 A.
Frazier jumped out ot a quick start with four runs in the first inning, thanks to a bases-loaded ground-rule double from Alexis Livingstone, who doubled twice.
Paige Hotz homered and Monica Joseph and Hannah Kline each tripled for Frazier.
E. Forward 3,T. Jefferson 1
EF (7-1, 4-1) was able to hold off TJ (1-4, 1-4) as Portia McBride scattered eight hits with eight strikeouts and a walk.
Jen Keefer and Caitlyn Arico each had two hits for EF.
Moon Area 4, Ringgold 3
The Lady Rams (3-3, 2-3) fell in a Section 2 AAA game at Moon Area (2-3, 2-2).
The loss dropped Ringgold into fourth place in the section standings behind the Lady Tigers and West Allegheny.
No other game information was available.
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.