(Updated 9:15 p.m.) Eastwood softball beats Evergreen, 2-1 (5-22-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 19:35
Eastwood's Diana Bushman (left) outs Evergreen's Kendalyn Noe by a stretch on first base during a district finals game at Bowling Green High School. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Thanks to a key hit and the ability to work out of several jams, Eastwood has advanced to the Division III district softball championship game on Saturday at Bowling Green High School.
Game time is noon and the opponent is Elmwood.
The Eagles, 26-3, pushed across two runs Wednesday to slip past Evergreen, 2-1, in the district semifinal at BGHS. PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘We’re both good teams; we’re a lot alike. They have nine good starters. We have nine good starters,’’ Eastwood head coach Joe Wyant said about his team and Elmwood. ‘‘Anybody can win that game; we have been back and forth the last two or three years.’’
Diana Bushman had the big hit for Eastwood, a two-out, two-strike, two-RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning.
After Evergreen retired the first two batters in the fourth, Whitney Foster and Anna Rahrig both worked walks. Rahrig’s walk came on the ninth pitch of her at-bat
Then on an 0-2 pitch, Bushman hit a line drive into the left-center field gap.
‘‘It was a great at-bat for her; she’s deserving of it,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘We took advantage of walks.’’
‘‘It was right down the middle,’’ Bushman said. ‘‘I was just ready; I was on my toes. I was ready to hit anything.
‘‘I wanted to get a hit for my team,’’ she added.
Evergreen’s run came in the second inning on Amy Silvestri’s bunt single which scored courtesy runner Carissa Call. Lesley Ducat had led off the inning with a double and Call came in to run for her. Call moved to third on a ground ball and scored on the bunt.
The third inning was the only time the Vikings took advantage of their scoring opportunities. Evergreen had eight hits in the game, but left 12 runners on base.
Eastwood’s Whitney Foster worked around the Evergreen base runners.
‘‘We all wanted this as a team and I knew she (Foster) wanted to do this for our team,’’ Bushman said. ‘‘She steps onto that mound knowing that each batter is hers and we bore down and we wanted this game more than anything.’’
The Vikings, 18-5, left two runners on in the second, after scoring their run.
Evergreen loaded the bases with one out in the third inning, but did not score as Foster got a pop-up and a ground ball back to her to get out of the inning.
The Vikings also left two runners on in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
In the fifth, it appeared the Vikings had scored, but an Evergreen runner was called out for running into the Eastwood shortstop as she attempted to field a ground ball. That was the first out in the inning and then Foster got two strike outs to end the threat.
In the seventh, Kenya Keller singled to start the inning and moved to second on an error and to third on a wild pitch. Ducat was then walked for the third time in the game, and courtesy runner Call went to second on defensive indifference.
Bailie Brock got a bunt down and the throw went to third in an effort to get Keller, but the ball bounced away. However, left fielder Krista Jennings was backing up the play and she made a perfect throw to Rahrig at home to cut down Keller.
‘‘We had a great back-up play there at the end,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘Our left fielder came in and had a great throw to the plate.’’
Foster then closed out the game with two strikeouts.
‘‘She became a competitor, she battled. She didn’t give up. She put the ball where it had to be, when it had to be there,’’ Wyant said about Foster.
Bushman’s double and an infield single by leadoff batter Mackenzie Albright in the first inning were Eastwood’s only hits of the game.
‘‘I’m just happy we won. Sometimes you win ugly, but right now it doesn’t matter as long as we go on,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘We made the routine plays, although it looks like we had some errors.
‘‘We got into a little bit of trouble with the slapping and their bunting,’’ he added.
Taylor Monahan, Keller and Jessi Ducat each had two hits for Evergreen.
Eastwood and Elmwood split during the regular season with Elmwood winning 4-3 on its home field and Eastwood winning 4-2 at home.
‘‘We want to beat them. They are our rivals and there would be nothing better than to beat our rivals,’’ Bushman said about the Royals.

EVERGREEN    010    000    0—1    8    1
EASTWOOD    000    200    X—2    2    5    
HITS — (EV) Monahan 2, Keller 2, J. Ducat 2, L. Ducat, Silvestri; (EA) Albright, Bushman. 2B — (EV) L. Ducat; (EA) Bushman. RUNS — (EV) Call; (EA) Shirling, Getz. RBI — (EV) Silvestri; (EA) Bushman 2. SB — (EA) Albright. SAC — (EV) Noe. LOB — Evergreen 12. Eastwood 3.
IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
L. Ducat (LP)     6    2    2    2    3    6
Foster (WP)    7    8    1    1    3    7

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:23

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