22-2 overall, 14-1 (IVC)
Starting Pitcher – Allison Luneborg
WP â Luneborg (11-1, 5 IP, 5 K)
Cassy Donaldson (3 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI)
Chelsi Rothacher (2 H, 2B, HR #5, 5 RBI)
Kallie Regula (2 H, 2B, 5 RBI)
Amber Monigold (H, 2B, 3 RBI)
Kassidy Reidenbach (H, 2B, 3 RBI)
Jocelyn Troyer (2B, 2 RBI)
Zoe Johnson (2B, 2 RBI)
Allison Luneborg (3 H, RBI)
Liz Yoder (H, RBI)
First inning propels Garaway to win over Hiland.
On a day when most softball games were cancelled, the steady morning drizzle somehow bypassed the Berlin area. Field conditions were less than ideal with a slippery infield and water saturated outfield. Add in the cold, damp air; you get a day better suited to be inside. Despite the conditions, the Pirates showed up ready to win a game that could clinch them at least a share of the IVC title.
The game was basically over after the first inning as the Pirate offense took the field and refused to leave. Twenty-two Pirates came to the plate before Hiland ever had a chance to bat. The Garaway Pirates exploded for 17 runs in the first inning over the Hawks, in a lopsided 27-2 victory. The 25 Pirate hits in the game broke a program record of 24 set in 1997. The win moves the #4 ranked Pirates to 22-2 overall, 14-1 in conference play.
Garaway pounded 13 hits in the first inning, including 7 doubles and a home run.
Chelsi Rothacher singled to start the game. Zoe Johnson walked and Kaitlyn Stress reached on an infield single to load the bases. Kassidy Reidenbach ripped a double, clearing the bases for a 3-0 lead. Cassy Donaldson followed with another double to score Reidenbach. After a walk to Allison Luneborg, Amber Monigold doubled home two more runs. The Pirates were up 6-0 before Hiland was able to get the first out of the game.
With Monigold on base and one out, Kallie Regula lined an RBI single. It was now time for round two through the Pirate lineup. Rothacher came to the plate again, this time stroking an RBI double into left field. Johnson followed with another RBI double to make it 10-0. Hiland picked up out number two with a popup to shortstop.
Down to their last out, 10 more Pirates were about to come to the plate.
Reidenbach singled to put runners on the corners. Donaldson smacked her second double of the inning for another RBI. Back-to-back singles by Luneborg and Monigold put Garaway up 12-0. Jocelyn Troyer drew a walk to load the bases for Regula. Regula hit one off the top of the left field fence, narrowly missing a grand slam. The double brought three in and ended the day for Hawk starter Nikole Keim.
Brittany Wengerd entered the game in the circle and was greeted with a 2 run shot over the center field fence by Chelsi Rothacher, her 5th of the year. After a hit batter and single by Stress, Wengerd struck out Reidenbach to finally end the inning.
Despite the huge deficit, the Hawks put up a good first inning of their own. Wengerd led off with a line drive single off of Pirate starter Allison Luneborg. A walk to Hannah Gerber and a ground out put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out, for Hiland. Lexi Kline delivered a clutch single, driving in a pair of runs for the Hawks. The two first inning runs would prove to be all Hiland would score off of Luneborg. Luneborg retired 14 of the next 15 batters, giving up a lone single to Amber Yoder in the second inning.
Up 17-2, Garaway continued the onslaught with 4 more runs in the second inning. Donaldson and Luneborg led off with singles. Troyer ripped a two RBI double into the right field gap. Regula reached on an error, putting runners on the corners. Rothacher picked up her 4th hit of the game, a single to score Troyer. Regula ended up scoring when Stress reached on another Hawk error, putting Garaway up 21-2 after 2 innings of play.
Donaldson got it going for the Pirates once again in the 3rd when she led off with a single. Once again Luneborg followed with another single. With two outs, Regula drove in her 5th run of the game, with a single. A pair of dropped balls by the Hawks outfield allowed three more runs to score. Garaway had increased their lead to 25-2.
Garaway finished up their scoring in the 4th inning. Hannah Halstead and Donaldson hit singles to start the inning. After a pair of outs, Liz Yoder singled up the middle to score Halstead. Donaldson came across the plate on a wild pitch for the Pirates final run.
Tournament play begins Monday for Garaway as the Pirates will host Newcomerstown at 5:00. Admission fee for all tournament games will be $6.00. Newcomerstown returns on Tuesday for Garawayâs final home conference game. It will be a special senior night as Garaway celebrates the careers of 7 fine softball players.