|Shick outduels Black, no-nos Lady ’Dawgs|
|Friday, May 16, 2014 9:13 PM|
By Jim Metcalfe
dhi MEDIA Staff Writer
ELIDA — Elida’s Michaela Black and Shawnee’s Kay Shick locked in a pitchers’ duel in a Division II sectional softball tussle on a chilly and mostly overcast Friday afternoon at Dorothy Edwards Field in Elida.
It came down to a costly error that opened the door for the visiting Lady Indians to score the only two runs of the contest and escape with a 2-0 victory.
Black was superb in her 81-pitch complete game (59 strikes), limiting the Tribe (20-6) to two hits and no earned runs, fanning nine.
Shick (14-5) was even better in her 73-pitch outing (49 strikes) — no-hitting the Lady Bulldogs and allowing only two walks, while whiffing five.
The key inning was the top of the first. MaKayla Wolfe beat out a bunt right in front of the plate to start it off. Hannah Taylor sacrificed with an error on the play allowing runners on the corners. With one out and a steal by courtesy runner K. Moeller, Kiersten Courtney bounced out to short to plate Wolfe and move Moeller to third, from where she scored on a passed ball.
“Michaela pitched a whale of a game and so did Shick. We should still be playing,” Elida coach Mike Eilerman said. “They lead off with a 3-foot bunt that we have handled well all year and we drop a ball on another bunt. We should’ve been out of the inning with no runs. That’s why this is so much tougher.”
Shawnee co-coach Eric Truxal shared much of that assessment.
“We had lost to them 4-1 earlier and I thought that Black was at her best. We were fortunate to get anything off of her,” he noted.
Shawnee’s other co-coach, John Young, referred to the key sequence.
“That’s what we want out of our leadoff hitter. We challenged her to do that to a defense and it paid off,” he added.
The Lady Tribe wasted a leadoff second-inning double by Abby Hall just out of the reach of centerfielder Taylor Thompson as Black struck out the side. That began a game-ending 18-out streak by the Lady ’Dawg sophomore.
Elida got its first baserunner in the bottom of the third on a leadoff bases-loaded free pass to Katelynn Sumption but two failed sacrifice tries and a strikeout failed to advance pinch-runner Kyleigh Gay. Those three outs started a run of nine straight.
Elida had a major chance in the home sixth as pinch-hitter Lydia Burnett worked a 4-pitch walk to lead it off. Pinch-runner Cathy Jenks was forced by a 1-out grounder by Jenna Halpern. Pinch-runner Cheyanne Elsa took second on Black’s misplayed grounder but strayed too far off and was a dead duck thanks to a throw from second sacker Hall.
Elida’s last chance started promisingly on an errant throw on a Sabrina Kline grounder. Senior Caitlyn Shroyer lined out hard to short and the last two Lady Bulldogs — including the other senior, Erika Kiel — were retired to end the game.
Elida’s season ends at 16-8.
“We only lose two seniors: Caitlyn and Erika; but they are outstanding seniors,” Eilerman added. “I have been here five years: we’ve gone from three wins my first season to four, then seven, 12 and 16 this year. We’ve made a lot of progress.”
Shawnee advances to the District semis at Miller City 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Shawnee 200 000 0- 2
Elida 000 000 0- 0
MaKayla Wolfe cf 3-1-1-0, Hannah Taylor c 2-0-0-0, K. Moeller cr 0-1-0-0, Kay Shick p 3-0-0-0, Kiersten Courtney 3b 3-0-0-1, Shannon Simpson lf 3-0-0-0, Abby Hall 2b 3-0-1-0, Alyssa Windau 1b 2-0-0-0, Courtney Young rf 2-0-0-0, Jennifer Mitchell dp 2-0-0-0, R. Evans flex/ss 0-0-0-0. Totals 23-2-2-1.
Jenna Halpern c 3-0-0-0, Cheyanne Elsa cr 0-0-0-0, Michaela Black p 3-0-0-0, Sabrina Kline ss 3-0-0-0, Caitlyn Shroyer 3b 3-0-0-0, Erika Kiel 2b 3-0-0-0, Shylar Hurst rf 3-0-0-0, Katelynn Sumption 1b 1-0-0-0, Kyleigh Gay pr 0-0-0-0, Kylie Makin lf 1-0-0-0, Lydia Burnett ph 0-0-0-0, Cathy Jenks pr 0-0-0-0, Taylor Thompson 2-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-0-0.
E: Hall, Evans, Sumption; LOB: Shawnee 1, Elida 2; 2B: Hall; SB: Moeller; Sac: H. Taylor.
IP H R ER BB SO
Shick (W, 14-5) 7.0 0 0 0 2 5
Black (L, 10-7) 7.0 2 0 0 0 9
PB: Halpern. BB: Sumption, Burnett.