Lady Bears exit Regionals with tough loss

Karyssa Westfall had some crucial plays behind the plate for the Lady Bears, picking off two Lady Lions in their 4-0 loss. Westfall also had one hit, one stolen base and was the closest to scoring in their shutout loss.

Lone Tree – It was a career night during Regional play between English Valleys and Lone Tree on July 8, except the end favored the Lady Lions. An unorthodox pitching matchup, at least in terms of what EV has seen this season, led to a lot of whiffs and resulted in a 4-0 loss.

The Lady Bears didn’t have much to cheer for, offensively that is. It wasn’t until the third inning when they managed to break the no-hit bid with Elle Ayers getting on base with a single. Kjerstin Neumiller was brought in as a pinch runner, immediately got into scoring position by stealing second. Following a flyout from Maddie Mikesell, Neumiller advanced to third base, the closest EV would get to scoring. A strikeout from Isabel Schneider ended the inning, and their best scoring chance to that point. 

While the offense wasn’t finding a rhythm, a steady defense kept EV in the game throughout. Hannah Marsh induced several groundouts, including the first two batters she faced. A pair of singles had the Lady Lions threatening and an infield single loaded the bases. EV got out of their jam after a lineout, stranding three runners on base. 

As pivotal plays were being made all over the field, it was Karyssa Westfall who stood out from the rest behind the plate. She remained aggressive, not allowing a pitch to get past her and had several pickoff attempts. In the bottom of the second inning, following a single from the Lady Lions, an attempt at stealing second went awry with a pinpoint dart from Westfall. 

She followed that play up with an equally impressive pickoff in the third inning. With a runner on third, Westfall saw a gap between her and Addy Westfall at third, throwing another dart with Addy applying the tag in time for a critical out. That play ended the inning, but not before Lone Tree tacked on the first two runs of the game.

 

To read the full recap, including coach Hester's thoughts, pick up this weeks' edition of the News-Review.