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New Haven Softball Tournament Report BY ALAN BRAKE
September 5, 2013Montgomery County High School
SB LADY WILDCATS FINISH THIRD IN NEW HAVEN TOURNAMENT
The Montgomery County R-2 Lady Wildcats Softball team had a surprising and successful effort on August 31, Saturday, as they played for the first time ever in the New Haven Tournament. The Lady Wildcats were seeded as the 8th Place team in the tournament, but won 2 of 3 games and won the 3rd Place trophy.
The Lady Wildcats started the tournament by upsetting New Haven (the tournament’s #1 seed) 8-2. They lost 3-0 in their game against Linn, which was their first loss of the young 2013 season. The Lady Wildcats bounced back to defeat Belle 3-0 in their last game of the day, to win the 3rd Place trophy for the tournament. After these games, the Lady Wildcat’s record improved to 4 wins and 1 loss.
NEW HAVEN GAME
The Lady Wildcats wasted no time getting the offense going in the first game of the day, as they scored 4 runs in the top of the first inning. Miah Klekamp started the game with a walk and then stole second base. She then scored on a double by Shelby Miles. During Shelby Roark’s at bat, Miles went to third base on a wild pitch, which was followed by a walk to Roark. Corryn Hill then singled, which drove in Miles and Roark (who had stole second base to get into scoring position). Hill eventually reached third base and scored on a groundball out by Taylor Lauer, giving the Lady Wildcats a 4-0 lead before New Haven batted.
After holding NH scoreless in the bottom of the first, the Lady Wildcats then tacked on 2 more runs in the top of the second inning. Klekamp started the inning with her second walk of the game. She eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk to Hill. Miles, who had reached base on a single, scored on a groundball out by Cayleigh Lively, to make the score 6-0.
New Haven came back to score a run in the bottom of the second inning. NH put together a walk and 2 singles to make the score 6-1. Then NH scored another run in the bottom of the third on 2 singles and an R-2 error to make the score 6-2.
The Lady Wildcats responded with 2 runs in the top of the fourth inning to take an 8-2 lead. With one out, Roark reached base on a walk. She reached second base on a sacrifice, and then stole third base. She then scored on a wild pitch. Lively scored the last run for the Lady Wildcats, after reaching base on a walk.
The Lady Wildcat held NH scoreless in the bottom of the fourth. The game ended at that point, as the tournament “time limit” for each game had been reached (non-tournament games are 7-inning games). The Wildcats had upset #1 seeded New Haven and moved on to play Linn in the Semifinal game.
The following is the individual offensive stats for the Lady Wildcats (as listed on the game summary report): Hill 1 hit/1 run scored/1 run batted in (RBI); Roark 2 runs scored; Klekamp 2 runs scored; Lauer 1 RBI; Lively 1 run scored/1 RBI; and Miles 2 hits/2 runs scored/1 RBI.
Hill was the starting pitcher for the Lady Wildcats and earned her third win of the season. She pitched all 4 innings, allowing 2 runs (both earned), on 5 hits, 3 walks and 1 R-2 error. She struck out 6 batters.
R-2 Coach Trent Crenshaw made the following comment about the New Haven game, “We accomplished our goal of getting on the board early, and it was an additional plus doing it multiple times. We talked about staying on the gas pedal, because we all agreed that we let up after building a lead. Other than that, defensively we were solid and played a nice game.”
The Lady Wildcats didn’t get much offense going in the first 3 innings of the Semifinal Game against Linn, as the only player to reach base was Klekamp with a walk to start the game. Meanwhile, Linn put together back-to-back doubles in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Wildcats did load the bases in the top of the fourth inning with two outs, but couldn’t come up with a key hit to drive in any runs. Linn took advantage of a walk, 2 Lady Wildcat errors and a single to score 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to increase its lead to 3-0.
Lauer and Klekamp each singled in the top of the fifth inning (the Lady Wildcats only 2 hits of the game), but once again could not come up with a key two-out hit to score any runs. Due to the tournament “time limit” the game ended after the Lady Wildcats batted in the top of the sixth inning, giving Linn the 3-0 win over the Lady Wildcats.
As was mentioned in the previous paragraph, the only offense the Lady Wildcats had were the singles by Lauer and Klekamp. Hill was the pitcher for the Lady Wildcats and took the loss. She pitched 5 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned), on 3 hits, 1 walk, and 2 R-2 errors. She struck out 4 batters.
“We battled, but not to the level we have so far this season. They had the best pitcher we have seen in our first 4 games of the season, and it took us some time to adjust. We seemed a little flat, and then we were down once we fell behind. We gave them the best game they had the entire tourney, and that will give us something to build on going forward,” stated Coach Crenshaw.
The Lady Wildcats bounced back in the Third Place game, by scoring a run in the first inning and 2 runs in the fifth inning for their 3 runs. They survived two scoring threats by Belle in the first and third innings to win the game and the 3rd Place trophy.
Miles got things started in the bottom of the first inning with a 1-out single. She stole second base and reached third base on a wild pitch. She scored on a Belle error on a fly ball hit by Roark to make the score 1-0.
Hill had walked 2 Belle batters in the top of the first inning and the first batter reached third base. This time however, Belle was unable to get the key hit to drive in the tying run. Belle had another chance to score in the top of the third inning, when the lead-off hitter singled and eventually reached third base. But again, Belle did not get the hit that would have scored the run and tie the game.
Meanwhile, the Lady Wildcats had very little offense in the second through fourth innings. Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, they took advantage of 3 consecutive walks and single to score 2 runs. Adrianna Reese, Danielle Robinson and Klekamp received the 3 walks to start the inning. Miles then singled to score Reese and Robinson.
The game ended at that point, as the tournament “time limit” came into effect and Belle would not get another chance to bat. The Lady Wildcats had won the game 3-0 and earned the 3rd Place trophy.
The Lady Wildcats did not have a lot of offense, but they did have enough to win the game. The following players were the ones who contributed on the offense: Miles 2 hits/1 run scored/2 RBIs; Roark 1 RBI; Reese 1 run scored; and Robinson 1 run scored.
Hill was the pitcher for the Lady Wildcats and earned the win. She pitched 5 shut out innings. She gave up 4 hits and 2 walks, and struck out 3 batters.
Coach Crenshaw had the following comments about the game and the whole day/tournament, “Our goal was to score early and come out with energy, since we were lacking it the previous game. We plated a run in the first and that held up for us until we were able to build on that in the last inning. Overall, I thought we played well defensively.”
“We really battled the elements (95-100 degree heat) and used them to our advantage throughout the day. The girls did a great job all day and deservedly earned themselves a 3rd Place trophy and improved their record to 4-1.”
This trophy was the first one trophy won by a Lady Wildcats Softball team in several years, and their 4-1 record is also the best start the softball team has had in several years. Congratulations to the Lady Wildcats and Coach Crenshaw.