PHILIPSBURG - Philipsburg-Osceola made Bishop McCort's first appearance in the District 6 Class AA playoffs a learning one, and Lady Mountie Kate Burge had something to do with it.
Burge tossed a no-hitter to lead Philipsburg-Osceola over the Lady Crushers, 8-0, on Thursday afternoon.
"She pitched real well," Lady Mounties' coach Jim Gonder said. "She mixed her pitches up. She got ahead in the count early and was hitting her spots. I'm sure she's happy, I was real happy with the game."
Burge threw 87 pitches in the game and totaled nine strikeouts and one walk. Her walk was to the second batter in the seventh inning, which ended a perfect game she had going. She had such a strong outing that no ball left the infield.
"She could hit any spot at will it seemed," Bishop McCort coach Jason Whorl said. "When you can do that as a pitcher, that's pretty important. She is a great pitcher."
P-O's offense didn't get started right away. It took until the third inning for the Lady Mounties to get on the board.
P-O (18-1) took advantage of a hit batter and a walk to start things off. Burge helped her cause by driving in Megan Bainey with a sacrifice fly to right field. Mackenzie Burge added to it with a two-run single. In all, Philipsburg-Osceola scored four runs in the inning to take a commanding lead.
"Their pitcher wasn't bad," Gonder said. "The hitters just got on to her in the third, fourth and fifth innings. They started to hit the ball better."
After scoring a run in the fourth, the Lady Mounties put three more across the plate in the bottom of the sixth. Bainey opened it up with a single and later scored. Haley Frank and Kate Burge added back-to-back singles after a sacrifice bunt. Abby Showers drove in the final run of the inning in with a double to center field.
Frank was the lone batter that finished with multiple hits. Mackenzie Burge finished with three RBIs.
"I thought they played consistent," Gonder said of his team. "Obviously, we had a great pitching effort from Kate and some timely hitting. Bishop McCort played real well. It was a great first round game for us."
Even though Whorl's team suffered the loss, he knows his team has a promising future.
"I'm really excited with the way we played," he said. "We're a young team. We're only losing two seniors and have some younger girls to come up. We were kind of debating whether or not to come to playoffs. We decided to because we know come next year we will be on the flip side of this."
The Lady Mounties will host Mount Union on Monday in the quarterfinals.
BISHOP MCCORT (0): Gaunt ss 300, Dailey 3b 200, Conrad p 300, M. McGrath lf 300, Leech 2b 200, K. McGrath rf 200, Shroyer c 200, Wilson cf 200, Schneeberger 1b 200. Totals 21-0-0.
PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA (8): Frank rf 322, K. Burge p 411, M. Burge 1b 411, Showers ss 401, Hayward 3b 300, Goss lf 401, Gonder c 210, Bainey cf 321, Shedlock flex 311, Myers 2b 000. Totals 30-8-8.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Bishop McCort 000 000 0 - 0 0 3
Philipsburg-Osceola 004 103 X - 8 8 0
E-Gaunt 2, Leech. 2B-Frank, Showers,Goss. RBI-Frank, K. Burge 2, M. Burge 3, Showers. WP-K. Burge. LP-Conrad. SO-Conrad 1, K. Burge 9. BB-Conrad 3, K. Burge.
Records: Bishop McCort (6-11); Philipsburg-Osceola (18-1).