June 06, 2019
By: Erica Rose
The Bangor softball team may have met their match on Monday afternoon falling in the first round of the PIAA 5A tournament, but that doesn’t mean they're hanging their heads. With only one senior on the field, the Slaters were just hoping to make the playoffs at the beginning of the year. But they did much more then that. The team, which had previously won 3A & 4A District XI titles, were also playing in their first District XI 5A classification. With the win over Southern Lehigh, the girls made history by becoming the first Bangor softball team to win in the 5A classification. It was the Slaters' third District XI title in 4 years. And it was due in large part to Junior Dani Hess and Freshman Lexi Bussenger.
Now, when you enter as the 1 seed in the State Tournament, you hope to have the advantage. But, any team will tell you – it doesn’t always work out like that. And, unfortunately that was the case for the Slaters. The girls were shutout 4-0 in the first round, due to an exceptional pitching performance (once again) by senior Devon Miller. Miller, who had more than 1,000 career strikeouts entering the game, added 19 more to her two hit performance, for the District 1 runner-up Bishop Shanahan. The Slaters knew she was a very good pitcher coming in, and they tried to prepare, but the speed of Miller caught them off guard. Despite adjusting to her a little in the end, it was too late and their season came to an end with a 16-8 record.
The Slaters have a lot to be proud of, and one this is certain – this team will be a top contender again next year.