|Panthers rout Lady Jeffcats in sectional softball|
|Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:37 PM|
By BRIAN BASSETT
MIDDLE POINT - Just about everything went right for the Parkway Lady Panthers in their tournament opener against Jefferson at Lincolnview High School Saturday.
The Lady Panthers rode 14 hits to plate 12 runs and got a 2-hit shutout from junior Sierra Fent and senior Kylie Snyder to roll to a 12-0, 5-inning win.
“We wanted to get a game in. No matter who you’re playing, in the first tournament game where it’s 1-and-done, you want to get a win under your belt, relax and get used to the field,” said Parkway coach Mark Esselstein.
Parkway (16-5) could relax a little bit easier after the first inning. Fent struck out the Jefferson side in the top of first and the Lady Panthers put up a 5-spot in the bottom of the first.
Sophomore centerfielder Kayla Walls singled before advancing on an error and a passed ball. Junior Rachel King then singled Walls home before a Snyder single and a walk by senior second baseman Lindsey Walls loaded the bases. Sophomore third baseman Terra Walls scored King and Snyder with a 2-run single and sophomore catcher Zoey Pond followed suit to plate Terra and Lindsey Walls.
“That kind of set to tone for the game. Everybody could relax a little bit. We got big 2-out hits and drove in runs. That’s the way we want to keep playing,” explained Esselstein of the first inning.
Parkway added four more in the home third. Lindsey Walls doubled and scored when Terra Walls singled. Junior shortstop Ashlynn Henderson then singled before Kayla Walls turned around to the right side of the plate and singled home Terra Walls and Henderson. Finally, King singled Kayla Walls home to run the Lady Panther lead to 9-0.
The final blow came in the bottom of the fourth, after Parkway began unloading the bench.
Sophomore Whitney Rollins singled to open the home fourth and freshman Selena Burtch reached on a fielder’s choice which didn’t result in an out. Henderson then blasted a 3-run home run over the center-field fence to run the score to 12-0.
Snyder shut down the Jefferson (0-16) offense in the top of the fifth to end the game with a 12-0 score after only 4 1/2 innings.
“We just came across a quality team; they’ve won a lot of ball games this year against good competition. We knew coming in it would be a battle; I thought overall we just had a few miscues that hurt us early,” said Jefferson coach Josiah Stober.
Fent got the win for Parkway. She went three innings, allowing one hit while walking none and striking out six. Snyder went two innings in relief, also allowing one hit while walking none and striking out two.
“They’re both good in different ways,” Esselstein added of his pitchers. “We don’t have any more regular-season games scheduled, so we need to keep both sharp.”
Senior Kayla Kill got the first hit for the Lady Wildcats in the top of the third. The hit could have easily been ruled an error, as it was bobbled by two Lady Panther fielders. Junior Kamie Pulford added the only other Jefferson hit.
Senior Taylor Branham got the loss for Jefferson. She went four innings, allowing 12 runs, 11 earned, on 14 hits. She walked one and struck out two.
Henderson led Parkway by going 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs score. King went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Terra Walls was 2-for-2 the three RBIs and two runs scored.
“What I like best is that when we made outs today, they were pretty hard-hit outs. We did a good job of waiting for pitches to hit,” added Esselstein.
Stober said that the team has improved throughout the season.
“We’ve been teaching them all year to learn from every situation. From where we were at the begining of the year to where we are now, they’re been learning,” he added.
The win advances Parkway to play Ottoville (2-9) at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lincolnview.
Jefferson continues in regular action at home versus Ottawa-Glandorf today.
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