WILLIAMSPORT — When it comes to playoff softball it’s often said that a dominant pitcher can carry you to titles.
That was the case for Line Mountain on Friday afternoon.
Kya Matter was dominant from the first pitch, and in the end that was enough for Line Mountain to win their first ever District 4 title, beating Wyalusing 4-0 in the AA game.
“It’s amazing, it feels absolutely wonderful,” Matter said.
Matter struck out 17 and allowed just one single in the game.
For Wyalusing coach Jack Loomis, the Line Mountain pitcher was the difference on Friday.
“She was tough,” Loomis said. “You have to give her a lot of credit. She moved teh ball around really well. She had that rise ball working for her. She did a great job keeping us off balance.”
For Line Mountain it was two swings of the bat that accounted for all the runs.
Two batters into the game Aspen Walker hit a solo home run down the left-field line, putting Line Mountain on top 1-0.
Matter came out in the bottom half of the inning and struck out the side. For Matter that home run really got things going.
“It definitely helped when Aspen hit that home run, that was amazing,” Matter said.
In the second inning the Rams got their only hit of the game as Emily Champluvier led off with a single.
However, Matter again got the strikeouts going, striking out three straight after that to get out of the inning.
“She had pretty good movement on the ball, she made it tough for us,” Loomis said. “We struggled today. We played 20 games this season, we played two bad games. We didn’t play our best today, but I’m really proud of the team because we moved a lot of kids around.
“Melody Kneller made a huge sacrifice going behind the plate. It’s not something she signed up for, but she did it for the good of the team. Emily Champluvier moved in from the outfield to shortstop and developed during the year and did a great job and Shelby Kipp really anchored our outfield. I’m really proud of those three girls.”
The third inning is when Line Mountain’s offense came alive as Katie Mace singled and Emily Gonsar walked, before Matter hit a three-run home run to make it 4-0.
“You have to keep moving, but that definitely helped,” Matter said of the home run.
The sophomore pitcher knows how important it was for the bottom of the lineup to get on base before here.
“I can always trust them, my team is amazing,” she said.
The rest of the game was all Matter as she struck out batters in every inning.
For Wyalusing, Hailey Jayne had four straight shutout innings to end the game, striking out five.
The all-state pitcher has been battling injuries, and battled all game, keeping the Rams in the game.
“Hailey Jayne, she’s a competitor,” Loomis said. “She pitched a lot this year. She pitched every single game. I think she has worn down a little bit. Not to make excuses for her, she’s hurting, but she battled and I’m very proud of her.
“Even though she was hurting today, I thought she pitched well. Their team made the plays and we didn’t. I’m really proud of this team.”
Matter had a three hit day and Walker, Mace and Kylie Klinger had two hits each for Line Mountain.
Capturing the school’s first district title was a magical moment for Matter.
“It’s pretty darn special,” she said.