Shawnee pulls away from Lady Cougars for first WBL win
Friday, April 18, 2014 12:00 AM
By Nick Johnson
Van Wert sophomore Brooke Brown stands in against a Shawnee hurler during the Lady Cougars’ 8-3 loss ion Thursday evening. Brown worked 4.1 innings in the circle in the game. (Times Bulletin/Tina Eley)
Times Bulletin Correspondent
VAN WERT —Van Wert found themselves trailing by four runs late in their contest with the Lady Indians of Shawnee. Despite a fifth-inning rally, Shawnee was able to pull away from the Lady Cougars, taking an 8-3 decision on Thursday at Jubilee Park.
Down 5-1 entering the bottom of the fifth, Van Wertt loaded the bases as Hannah Hulbert, Alyssa Bowen and Claire White all reached. Saige Royer then knocked in a run with a single and Emily Bair did the same, keeping the sacks juiced. The Cougars could do further damage in the inning, however and still trailed 5-3.
Six consecutive Lady Indians reached base in the top of the seventh, opening the floodgates for a three-run frame and an 8-3 score. The Cougars loaded the bases again in the home half of the seventh, but could not draw closer.
Shawnee jumped in front thanks to some sloppy Cougar defense, scoring a pair of unearned runs in the third inning.
“Got to do the fundamentals of the game. We got to do that. You know, we gave them five or six outs in the big inning they had. It’s just basic plays that we have practiced all spring. We didn’t do what we had worked on; got to stick to the fundamentals. And I thought we played hard we came back there a little bit. The pitchers got to hit their spots and got to make the fundamentals,” said Van Wert coach Mike McClure
The Lady Indians got back on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with back-to-back doubles from Shannon Simpson and Alyssa Windau. The next batter, Kierstan Courtney, hit a ground ball to the shortstop to allow Windau to come home for the fourth run of the game.
The Cougars struck back for one run in the bottom of the fourth as Kateri Steinecker singled and was replaced by pinch runner Samantha Rorhbacher. Later in the inning, Brooke Brown singled into left field and Rorhbacher was able to beat the throw to home plate to put the Lady Cougars on the board.
The Lady Indians got the run back in the top of the fifth. Hannah Taylor walked with one out and came around to score on an RBI double from Kaylyn Shick to bring the score to 5-1.
“The first two girls I pitched were more than capable of doing that (throwing consistent strikes). I had a girl who hadn’t pitched all year and she was able to throw strikes. Our first two have to do the same. They got to throw strikes, you can’t lull your defense to sleep,” said coach McClure.
Van Wert drops to 5-5 on the season and the Lady Cougars are now 0-3 in the WBL. The Lady Indians improve to 4-2 overall and pick up their first win in the WBL 1-2.
WP: Kaylyn Shick (SH)
7 innings 3 runs 3 walks 7 hits 5 strikeouts
LP: Brooke Brown (VW)
4 1/3 innings 5 runs 3 hits walk
Kaylyn Shick (SH), Shannon Simpson (SH), and Alyssa Windau (SH)