Genoa downs Eastwood in district softball semifinal PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by By KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:22
(Photo: Aaron Carpenter/Sentinel-Tribune)
Eastwood’s softball team had no problems putting runners on base Wednesday.
Finding a way to score those runners was a totally different story for the Eagles.
They stranded 13 runners — eight in scoring position — on the way to a 4-1 loss to Suburban Lakes League rival Genoa in the semifinals of the Division III district softball tournament at Bowling Green High School. PHOTO GALLERY
Genoa scored twice in bottom on the second, allowed Eastwood’s only run in the fifth and then came back in the bottom of the fifth with its final two runs to clinch the victory.
The Comets, 15-11 overall, face another SLL rival, Elmwood or Woodmore, for the district championship Saturday at noon. Eastwood is 18-8.
Eastwood had a chance to take the lead with runners on first and second and none out in each of the first two innings, and even loaded the bases with two out in the second.
But the Eagles didn’t score in either inning.
“They got key hits and we didn’t,” said Eastwood coach Joe Wyant, whose team had just two hits in 13 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
One of those hits with runners in scoring position was an infield single with a runner on second.
The Eagles had nine hits in the game, all singles. Hannah Hirzel had three of the hits and Katie Dewyre added two.
“I don’t know if it’s deflating,” Wyant said of his team’s failure to score early. “Yes, you’d like to score and it breaks you a little bit. But we’ve been like this all year. We’ve come back and won before. I don’t think that was that big.”
The Comets opened the scoring on an opposite-field double by eighth-place hitter Alyssa Nino, who drilled the ball off the base of the fence. She scored Julie Swartzmiller, who had singled and pinch-hitter Patricia Snider, who reached on a fielder’s choice.
Nino doubled to the right-center field gap in the sixth.
“She’s a senior who literally every day has been working extra on the tee even up through yesterday,” Genoa coach Tom Kontak said. “Most kids, especially seniors in their spring season ... they can’t wait to get to Cedar Point and do all of those things. She’s struggled this year. She’s been on the tee every day, working just in case that one special thing happened.”
After Eastwood scored on Hirzel’s RBI single in the top of the fifth, Genoa increased the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the inning.
Ninth-place hitter Olivia Reeder singled to center to start the inning, took second on Hannah Morrison’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Kayla Pickard’s single to right.
Pickard moved to second on an outfield throwing error and came home on Harlee Hummel’s single to right.
Both teams played well defensively, with Eastwood having the only error.
Genoa pitcher Sarah Muncey was tough with runners on base. The senior right-hander was pitching in just her third game back from a rib injury that forced her to miss 17 games.
The Comets were 8-9 in her absence after starting the season 5-2. Genoa was one of the favorites to win the SLL, but is 2-8 in the league because of Muncey’s injury.
“She’s a kid that if you spent just one minute with her, you’d know why we’re so happy for her,” Kontak said. “She’s just a great kid.”
Eastwood, 8-3 in the SLL, has one game left against Woodmore. Elmwood leads the league at 8-2.

EASTWOOD 000 010 0—1 9 1
GENOA 020 020 X—4 6 0
HITS — (E) Hirzel 3, Dewyre 2, Martin, J. Gangwer, K. Gangwer, C. Foster; (G) Nino 2, Pickard, Hummel, Swartzmiller, Reeder. 2B — (G) Nino 2. RUNS — (E) D. Jensen; (G) Pickard, Swartzmiller, Snider, Reeder. RBI — (E) Hirzel; (G) Nino 2, Pickard, Hummel. SAC — (G) Morrison. HBP — (G) Bumbera (by C. Foster). LOB — Genoa 4, Eastwood 13.

C. Foster (LP) 6 6 4 3 2 6
Muncey (WP) 7 9 1 1 2 4
Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 10:29

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