DuBOIS — West Shamokin had spent nearly an entire season overcoming every obstacle that came its way.
In the span of two days, the Wolves’ run came to an abrupt end.
One day after taking its only shutout loss in its first appearance in the district championship game, District 6 runner-up West Shamokin again fell uncharacteristically quiet at the plate. And with a chance to play for a PIAA Class 2A tournament berth on the line, the Wolves dropped a 6-2 decision to District 9 runner-up Coudersport on Thursday at Showers Field.
In a sub-regional second-place game to decide the final entry to the state tournament, the two teams were competing for a play-in round entry.
Coudersport (17-4) was set play District 4 runner-up Sayre for a PIAA bid this morning.
West Shamokin, meanwhile, wrapped the longest run of any baseball team in the area with a 15-3 record, including a stretch that began with 13 straight wins.
A program that plated double-digit runs nine times, West Shamokin scored fewer than four runs in just three contests, each of its three losses.
The Wolves dropped a 1-0 pitchers’ duel to Bishop Guilfoyle in Wednesday’s District 6 championship game and were dealt a 4-2 loss by Class 3A Ligonier Valley in the Heritage Conference title game on May 15.
West Shamokin reached the district title game with a 12-9 victory over conference foe Homer-Center in the semifinals on May 23, a game in which it rallied from a 7-0 deficit.
Unfortunately for the Wolves, that was the last time they played up to their standards at the plate.
On Thursday, Coudersport struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the opening inning to claim a lead it never relinquished. And after West Shamokin cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom half, the Falcons reclaimed a two-run lead at 3-1 with a run in the second.
Coudersport pulled away with a three-run fourth inning with four straight base hits and a walk before making an out.
The Falcons outhit the Wolves 9-6.
Brendan Mondi doubled and tripled and drove in a run to lead West Shamokin. Tyler Lightcap had a hit and an RBI, and Tristan Doverspike, Ezeck Olinger and Zach Stover each singled.
Three players had a pair of hits for Coudersport.
Stover struck out five and was charged with six runs — three earned — over three innings to take the loss, and Olinger struck out three and allowed two hits over four innings of scoreless relief.
Kolby VanWhy earned the win for Coudersport after striking out four over 6 2-3 innings.