YORK — After the York Fusion Vegas 16-U girls softball team pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game and send the contest to extra innings, McCool Junction’s Madison Shockey delivered what proved to be the game-winner in the first extra inning.
Shockey’s two-run double gave the McCool girls a 4-2 lead, and they went on to earn a 5-3 win at the York Ballpark Complex Wednesday night.
With the international rule in effect, McCool started with a base runner at second base. A fly out produced the first out and the base runner could not advance.
The next batter, JJ Mertz, reached on a fielder’s choice and with two on and one out, Shockey delivered a shot back through the middle between the York outfielders for a double to score both runs and give McCool a 4-2 lead.
McCool added a third run in the frame when Shockey scored on a groundout off the bat of Mariah Flaherty.
York didn’t go quietly in its half of the seventh, however, as an error led to one run and another reached third base before a fly out to center field ended the game.
Both pitchers went the distance with Mertz striking out five for McCool while allowing five hits in the win.
York’s Madison Flauta strung together 12 strikeouts and allowed McCool six hits, including two doubles by Shockey.
The game was scoreless through the first three innings, but McCool struck in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead.
Morgan Pinneo and Sarah Vodicka both scored as Flaherty was credited with the first of her two runs batted in.
In the York fifth, back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Ashton Rauert and Lauren Newman drew the Fusion even. Rauert and Newman led York with two hits each.
McCool threatened in the top of the sixth, putting runners on first and second with two outs, but Flauta recorded her 11th strikeout to get out of the jam.
McCool recorded two errors and left eight runners on base while the Fusion had five errors and stranded seven.
The two teams played the second half of their doubleheader after a short break.
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