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by Jack Scott
The girls’ softball team lost a lightning-shortened game to top-ranked, Lee 2-1. The big difference in our play was our inability to hit the ball well. Coach Terry Siebert felt that we were not being patient at the plate. It also happens that we had a late start due to the juniors taking the SATs on Saturday morning before the long bus ride.
Sydney Ouzts pitched well, giving up five hits with three strikeouts and only one walk. It was a cold windy day with a couple of very close lightning strikes and then heavy rain that ended the game in the sixth inning. We were perfect in the field, despite the cold conditions.
Our only run came from a home run by Janelle Ciomei, and Heidi and Holly Brewer each had singles for our only other hits. We will definitely be ready to play them again under better conditions.
The girls won a dramatic back and forth game in the rain against George Stevens Academy, 11-10. It was a cold, raw day where the drizzle turned to rain, so pitching and fielding were definitely affected. Sydney Ouzts gave up nine hits, with nine strikeouts and an uncharacteristic eight walks.
We did find our bats and managed 10 hits. GSA struck first with two solo home runs in the third. We came back in the fourth with six runs, highlighted by a two-run home run by Amber Jones. GSA struck right back with five runs in the fifth to lead, 7-6. Not to be outdone, we came right back with three runs to lead, 9-7.
That held until the top of the seventh, when GSA scored three runs to take the lead, 10-9. Julie Hutchins became the hero by smacking a double with one out, scoring two runs to walk off with the win. That definitely heated up the cold, wet crowd.
Julie Hutchins had a big day at the plate overall with two doubles and a single for four RBIs, Abby Grindle, a double and a single and an RBI, Sydney Ouzts, two singles and an RBI, Amber Jones, the two-run home run, and Chelsea Brown, two singles.
The boy’s baseball team lost a dismal game to Lee that was also shortened by the lightning. Sam Grindle was the starting pitcher, giving up four runs in the first with a disputed triple to clear the bases. We never really recovered. Joe Condon came in as relief in the fourth and suffered control problems allowing six runs with too many walks. The lightning struck in the next inning and it was close enough to convince everyone that there was no sense in continuing.
Joe Condon got our only hit. This was not a good effort against a very strong Class C team. This is a good game to get behind us and look ahead.
The boys lost to George Stevens, 8-5. We got in a hole early, giving up a three-run home run in the first. Connor Morey started pitching, giving up five runs on four hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Condon came in to relieve in the third with a solid effort, giving up one hit with five strikeouts and four walks.
We shook off the early deficit to rally back in the fourth. Trailing 6-1, Kyle Seile got on base from an error and Oliver Lawson was hit by a pitch. With two outs, consecutive doubles by Sam Grindle and Joe Condon, along with singles by Connor Morey and Hayden Ciomei brought in four runs to bring us to trail, 6-5.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t mount another attack. Our defense was not good, making some mental errors as well, but we limited GSA to only two more runs in the top of the seventh. Joe Condon had a double and a single for an RBI, Alec Peasley, two singles with an RBI, Connor Morey, two singles, Sam Grindle, an RBI double, and Hayden Ciomei, a single.
The girls, at 3-1, are in a first-place tie, but it is too early to make much of that. Lee is in first place in Class C, so we will be anxious for the rematch. We are playing well in the field, other than the rain-soaked game against George Stevens. We are hitting well, and Sydney Ouzts, while not dominating with her pitching as she did last year, has been very consistent. All this bodes well if we keep our focus.
The boys, at 1-3, redeemed themselves somewhat with a better effort against a good George Stevens team after taking it on the chin against Lee. We now have to look ahead and focus on adding some wins. This team has the talent to do just that. We are in ninth place, but it is way too soon to worry about that. If we can take care of business in the week ahead, we will be in good shape to make a playoff run.