Another 1-0 postseason game, this time Lanesville falls
Postseason pitchers’ duels are no stranger to the Lanesville softball program. Neither are times when the tilt features New Washington in the opposing dugout.
Including this season and the previous four, 1-0 final scores have lit the scoreboard in Lanesville’s final game during sectional play, win or lose.
Unfortunately for the Lady Eagles, last Wednesday at Schickel Field in Lanesville, New Washington held on to a single run scored in the first inning for the 1-0 victory. Neither offense gained much steam in the Class 1A Lanesville Sectional semi-final, but Brooke Shaw’s effort on the pitching rubber and bat proved the difference.
‘It was another typical Lanesville-New Washington game,’ Lanesville skipper Rusty Cecil said. ‘I think we’ve had four of those. The year we went to the final four (2013), we got them 1-0.’
Lanesville freshman twirler Katelyn Hurley was thrown into the pitcher’s duel history of the rivalry. She more than easily fit in within the circle opposing Shaw.
Hurley gave up just four hits and had the support of a error-less effort behind her. The right-hander struck out three and walked none.
‘I told the girls we had no errors, no passed balls and no wild pitches,’ Cecil said. ‘The only run they got was earned. We played probably our best game of the year in the field, but we just didn’t have the offense today.’
The lone run came in the bottom of the first when Karen Profitt led off with a single on the infield. After swiping second base, Shaw looped a run-scoring single to the left-field grass.
That ended the scoring for the game. Hurley, at one point, retired 10 consecutive batters from the third through sixth innings. A single by Becky Barger in the third and Brittany Wills in the sixth were the only singles yielded the rest of the way by Hurley.
On the opposite side of the field, Lanesville’s offense generated very little off Shaw. The power pitcher struck out 15 Lady Eagles and gave up two hits.
Katelyn Pavey started the game with a single and stolen base, but Shaw went on to fan the next three batters.
A spectacular diving play by Samantha Crace in center field robbed Lanesville’s Shelby Adams of a sharp liner. Pavey turned around and had a sliding catch in the next half inning.
One of the best opportunities for Lanesville to scratch a run was in the fourth. Mickey Randolph reached on an infield error. Laying down a bunt, Michaela Behr reached safely when the Lady Mustangs unsuccessfully tried to throw out Randolph at second base.
With one out and a pair of runners on, Shaw went back to the strike out, sitting down the next two hitters.
‘We had a few chances but couldn’t come up with the big hit,’ Cecil said. ‘I’m proud of them. That was probably our best game of the year, and when do you want that? In sectional. We worked hard and made plays. We played a great game in every aspect but the offense.’
With one last hope, Regan Walker beat out an infield single in the top of the seventh by tumbling toward the base. Not phased, Shaw notched the final two outs to close the game.
‘We weren’t aggressive enough at the plate,’ Cecil said. ‘We weren’t in very many favorable counts, but Shaw is a good pitcher. Give her credit. She throws it in there.’
New Washington advanced to the championship, eventually losing to Borden, 1-0.
Lanesville’s roster is empty of seniors and carried only one junior (Behr).
‘We’ll all be back,’ Cecil said. ‘Hopefully, next year we can make up the difference. We have 365 days to get there.’
Lanesville 000 000 0 ‘ 0 2 0
New Washington 100 000 0 ‘ 1 4 2
W ‘ Shaw, L ‘ Hurley.