(B-1) Bath-Haverling 8 (B-2) Leroy 4
On Friday afternoon (May 27)….in Livonia a pair of premiere hurlers were touted to take the spotlight in the Class B state qualifier as Bath & Leroy got together to decide who would represent Section V in the Far West Regionals this weekend. Ally Uberty was in the circle for Leroy & Bath countered with Makayla Brezezinski as both had come off claiming the Most Valuable Player awards in their respective classifications. Strangely enough, “unearned runs” would be one of the final focal points in the game as Bath would claim an 8-4 victory over the Oatkan Knights in a contest where only 3 of the 12 runs were earned. One of the earned runs was in the very first inning, while the other 2 were in the final frame.
Leroy drew first blood in the game in the home half of the first when 7th grader Haley Papp doubled on a 2-2 pich. With one out Ally Uberty walked & Emily McVicker would run a first. A wild pitch moved both runners up. Jaidyn Smith then stroked a 2-out single to score one run, & Bath centerfielder Jillian Farmer came up throwing & gunned down the 2nd runner at the plate for the final out as the Knights took a very short-lived 1-0 lead. The Rams doubled their pleasure by scoring a pair of unearned runs. An infield throwing error put Kyara Wilson on at first. With 2 outs the runner had moved over to 3rd. Mykaela Webster singled their first run home, & then Lexi Lee’s hit made it a 2-1 game. The “error bug” struck the Rams defense in the bottom of the 2nd when Leroy scored a trio of “tainted runs”. Abby Dambra walked & then Julie Prinz was hit by a pitch. Tori Trader was safe on a sacrifice bunt when the throw pulled the fielder off the bag at first. A wild pitch scored one run, an outfield error accounted for another while Taylor Sherman”s sacrifice bunt got the 3rd run home & Leroy grabbed a 4-2 lead. Bath took the lead back for good in their half of the 3rd when they sent 8 hitters to the plate. Jillian Farmer opened with a double, went to 3rd on a wild pitch & then scored on an errant throw. With 2 outs, another bad throw opened the door for the blue & gray to take the lead. Amy Keeney singled home a run. Mykaela Webster did the same & Bath claimed a 5-4 lead. In the 4th the Rams tacked on a “controversial” run in the 4th when Alex Siebert opened with a clean single to left. With 2 outs, a bunt in front of the plate produced “controversy” when the throw to first glanced off the fielder’s glove & rolled into “dead ball ground” inside of the 1st base dugout. The Rams runner was awarded home plate following the discussion making it 6-4. Bath added 2 more n the top of the 7th for good measure. Believe it or not, these 2 runs were actually earned. Kyara Wilson was hit by a pitch Morgan Olin singled. Amy Keeney sacrificed. Mykaela Webster’s fielders choice plated one run, while the other scored another Alex Siebert single. Rams hurler Makayla Brezezinski just picked up steam after Leroy scored thier 3 runs in the 2nd. The right hander would retire 15 of the next 16 hitters to “close the door.” Only Erin Cappotelli would walk in the 5th….that would be the only baserunner the Knights would have the rest of the way.
Bath (19-4) saw Makayla Brezezinski went the distance giving up only 2 first inning hits, & 1 earned run….she struck out 12 & walked three. Only one of the 4 runs against her were earned. Bath blasted out 11 hits while taking advantage of 4 Leroy fielding miscues. For Coach Don Long’s club Alex Siebert was 2-4 with a run scored & drove in a run….Jillian Farmer 2-5 with a double & scored once…Katie Berg added a hit….Kyara Wilson reached base twice & Maddie Czyckowski would score a pair of runs…Morgan Olin had a hit & scored twice…Amy Keeney was 1-3 with an rbi, a sacrifice & scored a run…MyKaela Webster was 2-4 driving in 3 runs & scored one….& Lexi Lee was 2-4 in the victory. Leroy was handcuffed on just 2 first inning hits by Haley Papp who doubled & would score one run…..Jaidyn Smith had the other hit & drove in a run as the Knights finished the season a (20-3). Leroy hurler Ally Uberty deserved a better fate as she would pitch 7 innings scattering 11 hits…she struck out 7 with out any walks. Only 2 of the 8 runs against her would be earned in the season’s finale.