DALLAS – The three-up, three-down first inning Back Mountain’s offense experienced in June 30’s District 31 Little League Major Softball championship game was not something the team has seen often.
The second inning was more like it.
Back Mountain sent 12 batters to the plate, banged out five hits and scored seven runs on the way to a 12-0 victory over Greater Wyoming Area.
The win, which came in four innings via in the 10-run rule, sent Back Mountain back to the Section 5 Tournament, being played at Old Forge.
Back Mountain finished the tournament at 5-0 and outscored its opponents 64-3 in the process.
The uncharacteristic start changed when Victoria Spaciano opened the second inning with a triple to deep left field. She scored when Abby Beyer grounded out to shortstop. The hitting, though, continued as Abby Cruz and Chelcie Strobel sandwiched singles around a pair of walks.
Later, Allison Vitanovec hit a two-run single to center. Spaciano got to the plate for a second time in the inning and hit an RBI double to right.
Just like that, Back Mountain was up 7-0.
Five more runs crossed the plate in the fourth. Vitanovec and Spaciano opened the frame with singles. A wild pitch, a couple errors and an RBI single by Amber Zimmerman brought the runs across the plate.
“We’re solid one through nine,” Back Mountain manager George Vitanovec said of the team’s offense.
Obscured a bit because of the offense was the pitching from Spaciano. She retired the first nine batters she faced — seven via strikeout and the other two on grounders — to bring a perfect game into the fourth.
GWA’s Ella Rau broke up the no-hitter by lining a single to right to start the fourth. Spaciano then finished off the game with three more strikeouts, giving her 10.
“Phenomenal as always,” George Vitanovec said of his pitcher. “I don’t think she’s walked anybody all tournament. She moved the ball all over the plate — high, low, inside, out.”
Spaciano finished 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs and an RBI. Allison Vitanovec had two hits, two runs and two RBI.
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