Pair of squeezes lead Lady Eagles by Borden in opener
Behind 12 strikeouts from pitcher Robyn Schoen, Lanesville was able to take care of business in the Class A Lanesville Sectional opener Monday, defeating Borden, 5-2.
Schoen was dominant through the first four innings, striking out six of the first seven batters she faced. It took five innings before Borden had a runner reach, on a Kristen Nestor single.
‘Robyn was as good as she’s been all year,’ said Lanesville coach Rusty Cecil. ‘She was in such a groove I had to ask our catcher Anna Gibson if she’s mixed in many change-ups. I don’t think they mixed the pitches up enough, but they were still effective.’
Helping her cause in the first inning, Schoen led off Lanesville’s half of the inning with a single and later advanced to third on a stolen base. Erica Daly’s groundout moved the pitcher to third with one out. Playing aggressive for an early run, Jessica DeWeese laid down a squeeze bunt that not only scored Schoen, but allowed DeWeese to reach first on a throwing error.
DeWeese ended up stranded when Borden twirler Shelbie Farvour forced a fly out followed by a ground out.
The Lady Eagles did two-out damage in the third inning. Daly reached on a single and swiped second a few pitches later. DeWeese followed again with a sharply hit ball to shortstop that was misplayed and headed for the grass. The error allowed the speedy Daly to round third and head home.
Borden put two runners on in the fifth inning when Nester broke the no-hit bid. Farvour added a two-out single, but the threat ended when Schoen forced Cassie Roberts into a ground ball out.
Lanesville poured on three runs in the sixth inning when batters strung together three hits, all with one out. Amanda Pavey and Morgan Williams connected on consecutive singles. Kayla Smith plated Pavey with a long drive that reached the right centerfield fence. Pinch hitter Amber Parsons put down the second successful squeeze play of the game, bringing in a sliding Williams. The third run came in on a Hannah Conder ground-out for a 5-0 lead.
‘We still have to work on our pitch selection,’ Cecil said. ‘We still take too many good strikes early in the count. We’ve gotten better, but we want to hit our pitch in a good count.’
Borden finally cracked the scoreboard in the final frame when Caitlin McKinley and Nester had lead-off hits, leading to a pair of runs.
Schoen went all seven innings, giving up four hits for the win.
‘I’m happy with the win,’ Cecil said. ‘We didn’t get a lot of hits like we expected to, but the hits we had were hard hit balls. We did good things squeezing twice. It was a situation where we saw a way to get a run early. Then we turned around and executed it again.’
The Lady Eagles advanced to the sectional final to play New Washington yesterday (Tuesday).