No. 3 Borden jumps on Lady Eagles
Last Tuesday prompted a showdown of top teams not only in the Southern Athletic Conference, but also within the Class 1A Sectional field.
Borden, ranked No. 3 in 1A, traveled to face No. 20 Lanesville.
The Lady Braves, backed by another stand-out pitching performance from Paige Schindler, rolled to an 11-0 win in five innings. Schindler struck out seven, giving up one hit. She also helped herself at the plate, hitting a home run in the fourth.
The result and actions within the game gave Lanesville coach Eric Pavey a guide for the rest of the season. It also served as a visual to what the Lady Eagles need to improve upon to upend Borden if a potential sectional match-up arises.
‘I thought it was a good game,’ Pavey said. ‘I threw our No. 3 pitcher (Olivia Romeo) and saw what I needed to see. We needed a game like this. We were 7-1 coming, and we got rocked a little bit. (Borden) hit the ball good, and now our girls know what we need to do.’
A hit by pitch and walk put two early runners on in the first for Borden. Bringing Riley Schindler and Haley Shouse around to score, Keisha Curry lofted a double opposite field for a 2-0 lead.
Lanesville put a good bat on the ball in the second frame. Regan Walker was robbed of a hit by a diving catch from Paige Schindler. With two outs, Mackenzie Miller laced a singled in the hole between short and third, beating out a throw by Riley Schindler.
‘(Paige Schindler) works outside and high,’ Pavey said of the opposing pitcher. ‘I think we showed we can handle it. Laynie Collins and Mackenzie Miller had some good shots against her. Regan Walker had some good at bats. We made them make plays. We worked in a couple of bunts.’
Miller never advanced beyond first after her single.
Borden broke out for three runs in the third. A lead-off single by Paige Schindler prompted the big inning. Curry added her second double to the fence. An error and walk led to Kate Gertin driving in two with a single.
To reach the 10-run rule, Borden saw the first five batters score in the fourth. Free passes to three batters, sandwiched by Paige Schindler’s home run, set the table for Jordynne Durbin. She had a two-run double off reliever Mickey Randolph. Randolph settled in afterward, striking out Emily Parsons and Victoria Washington.
Lanesville had one more base runner, Walker, who reached on an infield error.
‘She’s a tough pitcher to come back on,’ Pavey said of the Lady Braves. ‘When they score two quick runs, it’s going to take some good innings to come back on her.’
Romeo went on to take the loss for the Lady Eagles.
‘Olivia did fine,’ Pavey said. ‘She was nervous coming in and started aiming the ball a little bit. When she let up on her velocity, they started hitting her a little bit more.’
Pavey said part of moving forward is improving the approach at the plate against pitcher the caliber of Schindler.
‘I’m happy we put the bat on the ball,’ he said. ‘We were stressing the point of contact. You don’t have to swing for the fences against her. Her velocity will do the work for the ball.’
Despite the set-back in SAC play, Pavey said the goal shifts to building up for the postseason.
‘I stress to them we want to peak at sectional,’ Pavey said. ‘I think this was a good game for us to put us in perspective to see not only where our game is physically, but also mentally. We hope to learn, grow and come back stronger.’
Borden 203 51 ‘ 11 8 1
Lanesville 000 00 ‘ 0 1 1
W ‘ P. Schindler, L ‘ O. Romeo.
2B ‘ K. Curry 2 (B), J. Durbin (B); HR ‘ P. Schindler (B).