|Richard, Minster offense puts out Lady Jeffcats|
|Thursday, May 15, 2014 8:12 PM|
MINSTER — Sometimes, a team is just that much better than yours and there is nothing one can do about it.
That is what Jefferson’s fast-pitch softball crew found out about Minster on a cold, wet and windy Thursday afternoon at Four Seasons Park in Minster.
The host Wildcats handed the visiting Red and White Wildcats a 17-0 5-inning shutout in Division IV Sectional action.
Minster ace Kayla Richard (20-2) gave up one base-runner: junior Samantha Branham on a leadoff infield hit up the middle in the second. She fanned nine in facing 16 batters.
“They did everything well, including all the little things; we knew what we were facing coming into today and there’s no shame today. They pitched well, hit the ball hard, played good defense, communicated well, everything,” Jefferson coach Josiah Stober explained. “They have a quality program. Richard is one of the best pitchers we’ve seen all season. We didn’t give it to them; they earned it. I asked the girls what they learned from this game; that’s what you take from this.”
Minster coach Scott Robinson figured he had an angry team coming in.
“We stewed a bit on our losses to Bath and Van Wert, two games we felt we had won but let them back in. We talked about that and came out swinging,” he added. “Hitting three home runs in this weather was amazing. We just found out Kayla was MAC Player of the Year and she dominated. We expect this from her. It’s tournament time and the girls didn’t mess around.”
The hosts (22-3) put up a 5-spot in the first frame against Jefferson (3-14) sophomore Claire Thompson (3-12; 4 innings, 15 hits, 17 runs, 16 earned, 3 walks, 1 strikeout), with the big blow a 2-run round-tripper to the 210-foot mark in left field (with the wind blowing to the left-field corner) by Sara Hosey (plating Regan Hahn). There was also three other hits, including a run-scorer by Hahn (3-for-3, 2 runs batted in) that scored Marissa Conrad (3-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs). As well, a sac fly by Michaela Goettemoeller (Rachel Heckaman - 3-for-4 3 RBIs, 3 runs) and an error (plating Richard - 2-for-3, walk, 4 runs, 2 RBIs) scored the other two.
Minster made it 7-0 in the home second on a hit (Kathy Prenger), steal, a 2-base throwing error on Richard’s grounder and fielder’s choices (Heckaman and Conrad).
The home team led 12-0 at the end of three frames, scoring five more (sending 10 batters to the dish) on two walks, three steals, an error, a sacrifice (Brandewie) and five hits, four producing runs — Hahn (Alexis Robinson), Richard (Hosey), Heckaman (Richard) and Conrad (Heckaman). The fifth scored earlier on a groundout by Prenger (courtesy-runner Jessica Berelsman).
Minster tacked on its last five tallies in the fourth on five hits, including a 2-run bomb to left by Heckaman (Richard) and a solo shot to the same spot by Conrad, plus an RBI hit by Richard (Prenger). The fifth run (Berelsman) was via an error.
Jefferson’s home game versus Fort Recovery today has been cancelled, so its 2014 finale is a doubleheader 10 a.m. Saturday at home versus Wayne Trace. The varsity will play game 1 and the junior varsity game 2.
Minster will play 5 p.m. Tuesday at Wapak in the District semis.
Hannah Sensibaugh ss 2-0-0-0, Claire Thompson p 2-0-0-0, Jessica Pimpas lf 2-0-0-0, Samantha Branham 2b 2-0-0-0, Sophie Wilson 2b 0-0-0-0, Shayla Rice 3b 1-0-0-0, Kaylin Hartsock 3b 1-0-0-0, Madison Jettinghoff c 2-0-0-0, Kiersten Teman dp/cf 2-0-0-0, Kimber Kill rf 0-0-0-0, Sarah Thitoff cf 1-0-0-0, Danielle Harman 1b 1-0-0-0. Totals 16-0-1-0.
Kayla Richard p 3-4-2-2, Rachel Heckman ss 4-3-3-3, Marissa Conrad 3b 4-2-3-3, Michaela Goettemoeller lf 3-0-1-1, Alexis Robinson 2b 3-1-0-0, Regan Hahn c 3-0-3-2, Jessica Berelsman cr 0-3-0-0, Sara Hosey cf 2-2-1-1, Nicole Brandewie 1b 2-0-0-0, Kathy Prenger rf 2-2-2-1. Totals 26-17-15-14.
Score by Innings:
Jefferson 0 0 0 0 0 - 0
Minster 5 2 5 5 x - 17
E: Sensibaugh 2, Jettinghoff, Teman, Thitoff; LOB: Jefferson 1, Minster 3; HR: Heckaman, Conrad, Hosey; SB: Richard 2, Heckaman 2, Conrad, Robinson, Prenger; Sac: Brandewie; SF: Goettemoeller.
IP H R ER BB SO
Thompson (L, 3-12) 4.0 15 17 16 3 1
Richard (W, 20-2) 5.0 1 0 0 0 9
WP: Thompson; BB: Richard, Robinson, Hosey.