|Misfires burn UC against solid Fillies |
|Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 3:22 pm |
HUNTINGDON — To err is human.
Union City’s Allison Bruff directs traffic as teammates Kaitlyn Wheeles and Hannah Jackson watch on Tuesday.
In what was otherwise a solid defensive outing, Union City committed a pair of errors that both resulted in Huntingdon runs as the locals fell 2-0 in the Region 7A Tournament semifinals.
“It’s like I told the girls after the game, when you get to this point in the season and you are playing a good team, every play and every pitch counts,” first-year Lady Twister coach Cristina Grimm said. “We put the ball in play, but they were solid on defense. Those two errors meant the game.”
With the defeat, UC, which had eight hard-hit flyouts and a handful of other line drives and grounders smacked directly at defenders on Tuesday, finishes the 2010 campaign with a 20-15 worksheet.
The Lady Twister program also graduates a group of eight seniors who advanced to the regional three times in their four years, compiling a trio of the school’s five total winning softball seasons in the process with a 78-64 overall record.
Allison Bruff, Karly Hollis, Olivia Arnold, Paige Fisher, Heather Gilliland, Katie Hawks, Ashley Thetford and Katie Townes comprise the Lady Twisters’ class of 2010.
“I’m gonna miss each one of these seniors,” Grimm said. “They’ve been a great bunch of players to have in my first year and they’re going to leave huge shoes that our juniors and underclassmen have to fill.”
In the other dugout, Huntingdon, which has made the Class A State Tournament in each of the past two seasons, advanced to today’s 7A title game at home against South Fulton at 5.
The Fillies (25-13-1) also punched their ticket to Friday’s sectional round of the postseason with Tuesday’s shutout win.
The winner of the SF-Huntingdon game will host on Friday, while the loser will hit the road to take on the Region 8A champion — favored to be defending Class A softball champion Trinity Christian Academy. Riverside plays TCA today for the 8A crown.
The Fillies got their first and what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the first inning.
Haley Sullivan sprinted for an infield single with one out.
An errant throw to first base by Kaitlyn Wheeles allowed Sullivan to second and the first Fillie run came across the pay station with two outs when Sam Wilkes singles.
In the second inning, Allee Maxwell drew a walk with one out and moved to second when Winter Santiago laid down a sacrifice bunt.
With two outs, the Lady Fillies’ lone senior Britany Coleman dropped down a bunt of her own. When the dust settled on the play, Maxwell scored to put Hutingdon up 2-0 and Coleman ended up at second as Arnold’s throw to Bruff was high.
The best Union City threat came in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Fisher singled to right-center field.
The Lady Twister centerfielder then stole second base, getting hit in the helmet by the catcher’s throw in the process, but Arnold grounded out to retire the side.Aside from Fisher, Arnold singled in the first inning and Angela Chesteen was hit by a pitch.
On the mound, Hollis threw well enough to win, striking out seven and allowing just three hits and two walks.
However, Huntingdon’s Hailey Kendall walked away with the mound triumph. Kendall punched out five and gave up just two hits.
Sports reporter Ken-neth Coker can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.