Fent homers, pitches Panthers past Crestview
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00 AM
By Daniel Joseph
Crestview catcher Mackenzie Riggenbach (left) shows the ball to the umpire after tagging Parkway’s Ashlynn Henderson out as Henderson attempted to score during the Panthers’ 9-3 win on Monday night. Riggenbach went 1-for-3 in the game while Henderson was 1-for-4. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
CONVOY —Parkway senior Sierra Fent did it all for the Lady Panthers on Monday night. Not only did she toss a complete game against Crestview, but she slammed a two-run home run to help lead the Parkway offense to a 9-3 win. That home run sets a new school record for most in a career. It was Fent’s 19th.
The record-breaking shot happened with the Lady Panthers leading 3-2 in the top half of the fifth. After Rachel King singled to center to start the inning, Fent drove the second pitch of her at bat over the left-center field fence to put Parkway up 5-2.
After allowing two hits and two runs in the fifth, Crestview pitcher Kirstin Hicks ran into trouble again in the sixth as Parkway opened the frame with five consecutive hits before Fent popped up. Four Lady Panthers came in to score in the inning, establishing the 9-3 margin for Parkway.
“Through four innings it was just a one run ball game, and I think three of our errors came in that sixth inning,” said Crestview head coach Carl Etzler. “They put the ball in play and we couldn’t field them all. They are going to do that though, they are a tremendous hitting team and we are going to have to field it. We made some really nice plays though, too.”
Hicks allowed run in the first, but struck out the side. She held the Panthers scoreless in the second.
The Knights struggled to get any type of offense going, as they didn’t get their first hit until Brooke Bowen singled to begin the fourth inning. Mackenzie Riggenbach singled two batters later and then advanced to second on a passed ball that also advanced Bowen to third. Brady Guest chopped one right back to the mound but a throwing error allowed Bowen to score. Terra Crowle then hit one to short and Guest was forced out at second, but Riggenbach came into score making it 3-2 after four innings.
Fent retired the Knights in order in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win. She finished the day having allowed just four hits and three runs, though only two were earned.
“She’s been pitching really well here lately,” said Parkway head coach Mark Esselstein. “She’s a real leader for our team and when she is throwing like that, other teams aren’t going to get a lot of opportunities unless we help them. They took advantage of the couple errors we made, but she (Fent) is such a great player.”
Parkway moves to 13-5 on the season and Crestview falls to 11-5. Both teams host sectional final games later this week, as Crestview will take on New Bremen on Thursday night while the Lady Panthers host the winner of Wednesday’s Tinora versus Kenton game on Friday.
Parkway 101 124 0- 9 15 3
Crestview 000 210 0- 3 4 4
K. Walls cf 5-3-4-1, Slusher rf 4-0-1-2, King lf 4-2-3-1, Fent p 4-1-2-2, Heckler 1b 4-0-1-2, Henderson ss 4-0-1-0, T. Walls 3b 4-0-0-0, Pond c 4-1-2-0, x- Gray pr 0-1-0-0, Siano dh 3-1-1-1, x- Rollins ph 1-0-0-0
Schmid rf 4-0-0-0, Bowen 3b 3-1-2-1, Hicks p 3-0-0-0, x- Preston p 0-0-0-0, Riggenbach c 3-1-1-0, Guest lf 2-0-0-1, Crowle 1b 3-0-0-1, x- Speith pr 0-0-0-0, Rager ss 3-0-0-0, Grote 2b 2-1-0-0, Millay cf 3-0-1-0
Fent (W) 7.0 IP 4 H 3 R 2 ER 1 BB 6 K
Hicks (L) 6.0 IP 15 H 9 R 8 ER 0 BB 5 K
Preston 1.0 IP 1 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 1 K