|Foster, Eastwood shut out Maumee||| Print ||
|Written by By KEVIN SHIELDS Sentinel Sports Writer|
|Friday, 15 May 2009 09:13|
MAUMEE - Christine Foster has been nearly untouchable in the circle for the Eastwood softball team this season.
Foster, just a sophomore, pitched a six-inning shutout on Thursday, helping the Eagles to a 10-0 run-rule win over Maumee in the Division II sectional at Rolf Park.
The Eagles tallied three runs in the first, one in the second and two in the fourth on way to a 6-0 lead after four innings. They added four in the sixth to bring the game to a close, winning for the 13th consecutive time.
Eastwood, 18-3, will play Central Catholic in the district semifinals at Rolf Park at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Maumee fell to 10-14.
"We just played another solid game ... like we have for the last month and a half now," Eastwood coach Joe Wyant said. "Everyone through the lineup contributed and we played good defense too ... that's what you need this time of year."
Katie Dewyre led the Eagles with four hits, going 4-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Jimmi Gangwer added a homer and three RBI, as Eastwood pounded out 12 hits to just two for the Panthers.
Foster, who has held opponents scoreless in her last three outings (19 innings) for the Eagles, allowed just two hits with a walk and a strikeout to improve her season record to 14-3. She has 25 strikeouts to five walks in her last four appearances in which she has allowed only two runs in 26 innings of work.
"Foster pitched another solid game," Wyant said. "She didn't get many strikeouts, but she got ahead of the hitters and made them just hit her stuff."
Maumee went down in order to start the first, as Eastwood wasted little time to control of game's momentum.
Dewyre led off the bottom half of the first with a single to right and was able to advance to second on bobbled ball by the right fielder. A walk and an out later, the Eagles had two on with one out for Gangwer, who sent an 0-1 pitch over the wall in the left field for a three-run homer.
Dewyre was once again a catalyst for the Eastwood offense in the second, platting a run with a triple to right as Maumee starter Meredith Stanford struggled on the mound.
Stanford allowed six runs on eight hits thru four innings, as Dewyre and Brooke Albright each had RBI singles in the fourth for the Eagles.
"(Eastwood) hit the ball well, they got up on us and they kept the pressure on," Maumee coach Jim Hall said. "Dewyre really spanked the ball hard and that home run ball was just a big stab in our heart that we couldn't respond to."
Foster, who also had two hits along with Albright, continued to keep the Panthers at bay. Maumee would get just two hits and two base runners in the first four innings.
"She's not overpowering, but good pitchers don't have to be," Hall said. "Hitting is all about timing and she did a great job of breaking that timing and we could never get in a rhythm against her."
Contact was the big thing Foster was pitching towards, as she got the Panthers to hit multiple balls off the handle of their bats.
"Once we got the lead we just wanted (Foster) to throw strikes - get (Maumee) to put the ball in play and use our defense," Wyant said.
After a scoreless fifth inning and first-half of the sixth, the Eagles ended the game with a four-run inning that saw them produce four more hits and chase Stanford for the game.
Stanford took the loss, going five innings, surrendering eight runs on nine hits. Eastwood stranded just four base runners in the game.
Up next for the Eagles will be Toledo Central Catholic, a 3-2 winner over Bowling Green in eight innings.
"Central is a good team and they've played great competition all year," Wyant said. "It should be a great game next week."