By Randy Arrington
SHENANDOAH, June 17 — Page County stranded eight runners, including three at third base, in a narrow 2-0 loss to Buffalo Gap in the Region B title game on Thursday.
The pitching duel between the Panthers’ Taylor Hankins and the Bison’s Katherine Alger ended scoreless after seven innings, but Buffalo Gap exploded for two runs off three hits in the top of the eighth. Prior to extra innings, Hankins had held the Bison to only two hits through seven innings, while striking out 10. For the day, Alger allowed only three hits and struck out 14 in a shutout performance.
PCHS junior Marissa Monger proved to be the most productive bat at the plate, going 2-for-2 while also drawing a walk. Junior Kirsten Hensley went 1-for-3.
Penn State-commit Maddie Gordon walked twice and struck out twice. Page’s senior third baseman reached third base twice through aggressive base running, but couldn’t score.
The Bison’s offensive awakening in the eighth came in the form of three straight hits after the first two batters recorded outs. The two-out rally began with a single by sophomore Madeline Miller, who was driven in by a huge triple from classmate Tea’ Judy. A single by junior Paige Fix drove in the final run of the game.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Panthers gave themselves an opportunity to score, but stranded runners at first and third.
Page (13-1) ends the season on their first loss as the Region 2B runner-up.
Buffalo Gap (10-3) will now face either Randolph-Henry or Windsor in the first round of the state tournament on Tuesday.
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