POTTSTOWN — With over 24 hours before their next game, Tri-Boro/FCVA players had the luxury of resting and having some fun before today’s 1 p.m. semifinal contest against Milton.

“Swim, go out and eat, sleep some, watch movies,” is how Elizabeth Dine said she was going to spend her time.

And of course, “I think we might go shopping,” Stephanie Baer added.

The Tri-Boro/FCVA ladies all deserved a small shopping spree after yesterday’s 5-3 victory over Mifflin County in the Senior League state quarterfinals, though its safe to say that they have yet to play their best game.

“A win’s a win,” said Tri-Boro/FCVA coach Steve Baer. “It wasn’t pretty sometimes, but it works.”

Baer’s team made five errors, four of which were made in the field. They also left five runners on base and were called out twice for leaving second base early; though those two calls seemed as though they were made in error.

Tri-Boro/FCVA also survived what turned out to be a Tums-necessary seventh inning.

Up by two runs, Baer, who pitched the first three innings, returned to the mound after Dine pitched the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

No problem, right?

Not so fast.

Baer gave up a leadoff walk to Mifflin cleanup batter Shannon Lamberson before Brooke Baker singled to give the away team runners at first and second with no outs.

The next batter, pitcher/first baseman Taylor Bargo hit an infield fly, which called for the Infield Fly rule, and her automatic out.

Baker, however, must not have heard the call and took off for second base, where she was called out on a phantom tag.

“The umpire said we made the tag,” Steve Baer said. “And that’s the only person that matters at this point.”

With just a runner on third and two outs, Mifflin’s chances of coming back came to a sudden halt, and Baer put the final nail in Mifflin’s coffin moments later when she struck out No. 7 hitter Lauren Shoop to end the game.

Nonetheless, TB/FCVA captured the win early in the game, scoring four runs in the first two innings and picking up one insurance run in the fourth.

In the first, Baer reached first on an error before stealing second. She advanced to third on Nicole Becker’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a wild pitch for the first run of the game.

Hitting third, Dine then roped a triple over the retreating Mifflin center fielder’s head. She scored when Kristen Humes singled.

Like the first inning, TB/FCVA opened the second with the aide of a Mifflin error that allowed Cassie Esler to reach first. Second baseman Gabby Schultz followed up the error with a single, and Becker made Mifflin pay with a two-run single.

In all, Mifflin committed nine errors yesterday.

Up 4-0, TB/FCVA added an insurance run in the fourth when Schultz reached first on an error and took advantage of two wild pitches, including the one that allowed her to slide safely into home plate.

Becker, who started in left field rather than her usual position at second base, was the game’s only multi-hit player with singles in the second and fourth innings. She was also the only player to drive in more than one run.

Baer failed to give up a run on four hits and two walks with five strike outs. More importantly, she pitched just four innings which means she is eligible to pitch a complete game today if necessary.

Through three error-filled innings, Dine gave up two earned runs on four hits and one walk. She too is eligible to pitch a complete game today.

“I don’t think we had our best game (yesterday),” Stephanie Baer said. “And we can play a lot better (today). No matter who the team is, we should do well.”



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