EAST TROY - A pitcher’s duel became an instant classic on Saturday afternoon as the Troy Majors softball team edged Elkland 5-2 in nine innings in all-star pool play.
Troy led the game 2-0 into the bottom of the sixth inning, but that’s when Elkland came back to tie the game.
Neither team scored in the seventh and the eighth inning started the international tie-breaker rule with a runner on second.
Both pitcher Addie Smith of Troy and Ruby Sherman of Elkland pitched out of the situation in the eighth and in the ninth it was Troy that struck to take the win.
In the ninth inning Libby Cory started at second and scored what was the eventual winning run.
Lauren Reed and Samantha Spiak both singled and scored in the inning as Troy got three runs in the ninth to get the win. Marlee Stanton also singled in the inning.
Troy had taken the lead in the second inning when Amber James tripled and scored.
In the fifth inning Troy made it 2-0 as Lauren Ridall walked and scored.
Elkland tied the game in the sixth as Maddie Millard walked and Sherman reached on an error and both scored as Ashley Woodring got a hit.
In the eighth inning both teams had scoring chances with the international tie-breaker, both putting runners on second and third, but both Smith and Sherman got out of the jams.
Smith threw a two hitter for Troy, striking out 12 in the game. Sherman allowed six hits, just two in the first six innings, and she struck out 17 in the game, including striking out the side in order twice. Smith struck out the side in order once in the game as well.
Smith had two hits for Troy, with a triple and James had a triple, while Reed, Spiak and Stanton had hits.
Woodring and Ella Churchill had hits for Elkland in the game.
Troy is 2-0 in pool play, also beating Wellsboro 15-0. Elkland is 1-1, beating Tunkhannock 7-1 in their other game.