(updated 9 p.m.) Eastwood softball wins sectional title (5-14-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:28
Eastwood's Diana Bushman (right) sprints towards first base as Lake's Ana Henneman stretches to get the out. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
GENOA — In a game marred by numerous physical and mental errors by both teams, Eastwood’s softball team posted an 8-3 win over Lake in a Division III sectional final game Tuesday at Genoa High School. PHOTO GALLERY
The next tournament action for Eastwood, 23-2, is next Wednesday at Bowling Green High School against the Evergreen-Otsego winner. Game time is 5 p.m. Evergreen and Otsego play this Thursday at Liberty Center High School.
‘‘We’re just happy to win because last year we got upset,’’ Eastwood head coach Joe Wyant said. ‘‘Dave (Rymers, Lake’s head coach) does a good job and his kids came to play and they made it a real competitive ball game.’’
Each team had five errors in the game.
‘‘Every one was a correctable error. We haven’t made that many mistakes all year,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘The most we have had is two errors in a ball game and we can live with a couple ... most of them (against Lake) were mental mistakes.’’
The Eagles were able to overcome their errors and also get some timely hits to secure the win.
‘‘Neither team was perfect fielding the ball today, but Eastwood made the plays when it counted,’’ Rymers said. ‘‘There is a reason that Eastwood is 23-2 now and it’s because they play seven innings and we didn’t. That’s to Eastwood’s credit, they did the things necessary to get the win.’’
Eastwood jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Whitney Foster’s two-RBI double. Mackenzie Albright and Ally Gabel, singled and doubled respectively, to start the inning.
Lake scratched its way back into the game with single runs in the third and fifth innings.
Jordan Jacob led off the third with a single, moved to second on a ground ball and to third on Allie Kontak’s infield single. Jacob then scored on a throwing error. With Kontak stealing second, the throw went through to the base and then Eastwood threw the ball away attempting to get Jacob at third base.
Lake tied the game in the fifth when Jessie Densic singled with one out. She moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on an infield ground ball before scoring on Emma Materni’s single to left field.
‘‘It always hurts psychologically to give up two runs in the first (inning) like we did, but I have a lot of respect for our girls to come back and tie the game and give ourselves a chance,’’ Rymers said.
The Eagles regained the lead with three runs on two hits and a walk in the fifth inning, an inning in which Lake committed three errors.
With the bases loaded, Eastwood scored runs on a fielder’s choice ground ball, an RBI single by Diana Bushman and a throwing error to take a 5-3 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Eagles took advantage of two more Lake errors. Foster hit her second two-run double of the game and Anna Rahrig followed with an RBI single to make it 8-2.
‘‘We just hit in streaks today,’’ Wyant said. ‘‘We had good three innings where we hit the ball hard.’’
Things got interesting in the seventh inning after Foster got the first two outs.
Densic reached first when her high pop-up fell untouched between three Eagle fielders in the infield.
The Eagles then committed back-to-back errors to load to bases.
With the bases loaded, Kayla Encalado’s ground ball was bobbled by the Eagles’ second baseman, allowing Densic to score. But the Flyers’ runner from second base was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on the play.
In addition to her two, two-RBI doubles Foster pitched a six-hitter, striking out three and not walking a batter.
‘‘She pitched a solid game,’’ Wyant said about Foster. ‘‘They had three good, solid hits and three that were borderline.’’
Gabel also had two hits for the Eagles and Rahrig had two RBI.
Densic had two hits for Lake, 13-12.

LAKE    001    010    1—3    6    5
EASTWOOD    200    033    X—8    9    5
HITS — (L) Denisc 2, Kontak, Materni, Woodruff, Jacob; (E) Gabel 2, Foster 2, Albright, Rolf, Rahrig, Bushman, Helm. 2B — (E) Foster 2, Gabel. RUNS — (L) Densic 2, Jacob; (E) Gabel 3, Albright 2, Shriling 2, Rolf. RBI — (L) Materni; (E) Foster 4, Rahrig 2, Bushman. SB — (L) Kontak. SAC — (L) Henneman. HBP — (L) Henneman (by Foster). LOB — Lake 6. Eastwood 7. DP — Eastwood 1.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Materni (LP)    6    9    8    2    3    1
Foster (WP)    7    6    3    1    0    3
Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:12

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