Lady Eagles connect but fail to score
The Lanesville Lady Eagles may have entered the Class 1A Borden Sectional championship a little hobbled, yet their effort against favored Borden left coach Eric Pavey pleased.
Peeking at the sectional rosters, Lanesville listed two pitchers ‘ Katelyn Hurley and Olivia Romeo ‘ but both missed the contest due to injuries. The Lady Eagles, down a few arms, still battled defensively and put in an effort to put the ball in play versus Borden twirler Paige Schindler.
Five extra-base hits by Borden, including a Keisha Curry homer in the third inning, lofted the Lady Braves to their third straight sectional title Saturday, defeating Lanesville 10-0 in five innings.
‘We started the game putting the ball in play,’ Pavey said. ‘Not every time the ball was hit hard, but we put it in play. If they would have stuck with the game plan, we probably would have put more balls in play.’
Against Schindler, a power strike-out pitcher, Lanesville managed two hits. Mackenzie Miller had a shot up the middle in the second inning. In the fourth, Randolph dropped a single down the right-field line. Mixing in a Katelyn Pavey base on balls, the Lady Eagles put three runners on base. None advanced farther than first.
Coach Pavey said the approach was to shorten up swings against Schindler, seeking to put the ball in play more instead of a higher number of swing and misses.
‘She’s averaging 12 to 15 strikeouts per game, and I don’t think we allowed that to happen,’ coach Pavey said. ‘I was happy the way we put the ball in play. It put some pressure on them.’
Borden scattered runs across five innings, while Schindler earned the win, striking out seven.
Katelyn Pavey took the ball on the pitching rubber to start for Lanesville. She lasted 2-1/3 innings before turning it over to Randolph.
Haley Shouse hit a double in the opening frame, leading to Borden’s first run. In the second, a lead-off double off the bat of Emily Parsons set up a run. Lanesville escaped the second with a 6-3-4 double play.
Borden got to Pavey in the third, collecting four straight hits, capped by a two-run homer to left by Curry for a 6-0 lead.
In relief, Randolph induced back-to-back ground-outs to end the inning.
‘When you are struggling with pitching, it’s tough to win this game,’ Eric Pavey said. ‘Our plan was to go with Katelyn a few innings, keep it close, and go to Mickey for change of speeds. Katelyn did the best she could for not pitching since the eighth grade.’
Singles by Carrie Farvour and Parsons then a triple by Kate Gertin led to three more Borden runs at the top of five.
‘I haven’t pitched for four years, but you have to do what you have to do for the team,’ Katelyn Pavey said. ‘We worked hard for this game.’
Due to the recent injuries, also including shortstop Laynie Collins sidelined with a knee injury, the Lady Eagles plugged in players at different positions.
Miller shifted to short, while Makayla Philpott, a freshman and sophomore respectively, went to second base. Philpott ranged to make a pair of nice catches hit toward short right.
‘Overall, I was really pleased with our defense,’ Eric Pavey said. ‘We made one bad throw, but our second baseman made some really nice plays. They came through the adversity and played. They played. The hits (Borden) got were hits. I don’t think we committed more than one error, so we played well.’
Lanesville’s lone seniors ‘ Michaela Behr and Hannah Walther ‘ handled the corner outfield spots.
‘We’ll be back,’ coach Pavey said. ‘We are building a program. It started with this group. We got to 13 wins after five or six last year, so we are going to keep on building.’
Borden 114 13 ‘ 10 11 0
Lanesville 000 00 ‘ 0 2 1
W ‘ P. Schindler, L ” Pavey.
2B ‘ P. Schindler (B), Shouse (B), Parsons (B); 3B ‘ Gertin (B); HR ‘ Curry (B).