Perrysburg softball falls in district final to AW
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Saturday, 22 May 2010 19:26
TIFFIN — In a game featuring two of the more dominant pitchers in the area, one mistake was too much to overcome for Perrysburg’s softball team.
The Yellow Jackets gave Anthony Wayne an extra out in the Generals’ three-run fourth inning, and it proved to be the difference in a 3-0 loss in their Division I district final at Tiffin University.
AW’s Kelly Hensley hit a three-run home run with two outs off of Perrysburg starter Kim Bryson, providing the only offense of the game.
The Generals, 27-3 overall, advance to the regional semifinals Thursday at Clyde where they’ll face another Northern Lakes League opponent in Springfield.
Perrysburg drops to 21-5 with two NLL makeup games yet to play. The ’Jackets can finish all alone in second place if they win both games, while AW has already wrapped up an outright NLL title.
After AW’s first two batters of the fourth inning reached on a single and an error on a sacrifice bunt, Bryson struck out the next two batters before leaving a 1-0 pitch over the plate that Hensley drilled over the left-center field fence.
“I’ve actually played with Kimmy since I was eight years old,” Hensley said. “She is an amazing pitcher and to be able to do that, it’s just so rare.”
Hensley’s homer provided more than enough support for the Generals’ own ace, Dani Haley, who pitched a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts.
“Any time you play Anthony Wayne and Dani Haley is on the mound you know that you’re going to be in for a battle,” Perrysburg coach Ryan DeMars said. “No matter how many they scored, we didn’t score any.
“You can’t win games without scoring runs, that’s the bottom line. We had runners on and we just couldn’t quite get that big hit.”
With the exception of the fourth inning, Bryson was nearly equal to her counterpart in the circle. Bryson also went the distance, allowing six hits with nine strikeouts and a walk.
“Kim (Bryson) is a great competitor,” DeMars said. “There were several other times in the game where we had some miscues and she got us out of jams ... You make one mistake and it just happens to cost you three runs.”
But the ’Jackets couldn’t get much of any offense going against Haley.
Perrysburg managed just an infield single by Lorianne Granata in the fourth and a double that took a bad bounce in the outfield by Katie Dunphy in the fifth. AW played solid defense behind Haley as well, not committing an error while the ’Jackets had two in the game.
“We didn’t give her (Bryson) any kind of support offensively and that’s just the way it is,” DeMars said. “It’s totally a team game, despite the pitcher dominance and that stuff. Other people have to step up and do things and Anthony Wayne was able to do that.”
Six different players each had a hit for AW, which broke the state record for home runs in a season with Hensley’s blast. It was the Generals’ 27th homer this season.
“We’ve been working for it all season. We’ve kind of had our ups and downs a little bit, but lately we’ve just been in a groove. We felt it,” AW coach Carolyn Vogtsberger said. “The girls were pumped. I give the credit to the girls. They’ve been working hard. They haven’t faltered lately and it just paid off today.”
The loss marked the end of the tournament for four Perrysburg seniors — Bryson, Stephanie Messenger, Lorianne Granata and Kim Kruzel.
“The future is bright. It’s a shame for these seniors, but for the group that we have coming back next year we’re going to be tough,” DeMars said. “There’s no reason to believe that we can’t be right back here next year and actually come up on the plus side of this district.”
Seven of Perrysburg’s nine batters in its starting lineup Saturday were juniors or younger.
“I’ll go out and say right here that I think we’re going to contend to win the league next year,” DeMars said. “Maybe that will be some bulletin board material for some other coaches, but with what he have coming back there’s no reason why we can’t compete and win the league next year.”
ANTHONY WAYNE 3, PERRYSBURG 0
PERRYSBURG 000 000 0—0 2 2
AW 000 030 X—3 6 0
HITS — (P) L. Granata, Dunphy; (AW) Ramer, Bores, Haley, Baker, Westenkircher, Hensley. 2B — (P) Dunphy; (AW) Ramer, Westenkircher. HR — (AW) Hensley. RUNS — (AW) Haley, Baker, Hensley. RBI — (AW) Hensley 3. SB — (AW) Baker. SAC — (P) Rich; (AW) Baker, Sigg, Del Monte. LOB — Perrysburg 5, Anthony Wayne 6
IP H R ER BB SO
Bryson (LP) 6 6 3 1 1 9
Haley (WP) 7 2 0 0 3 13
Last Updated on Monday, 24 May 2010 09:28