Westview runs out of time
Posted: Friday, May 20, 2011 12:02 am
By: Kenneth Coker, Press Sports
Westview’s Alex Crosser tries to tag out Chester County’s Cynthia Beene.
Westview tried to make up for lost time, but the clock ran out on Tuesday.
The Lady Chargers, who have advanced to the Class 2A Tournament in each of the last four seasons, were hitless through five innings and ultimately fell 4-2 to Chester County in a Region 7AA Tournament semifinal game on Tuesday.
The 7A semifinal game was moved to Tuesday’s to accommodate CC’s graduation ceremony on Monday evening.
“They’re a solid team,” W’view skipper J.B. Suiter said of Chester County. “I feel like they played an outstanding game. (Kamora) Trice was great on the mound for them and had us no-hit for five innings.
“They were the better team today and they won. Maybe if we made a couple more plays or didn’t make a baserunning error or two it could have been a dramatic finish for us, but Chester County did most everything well today.”
Westview (31-7) did hold on to its postseason hopes through the final out, though, rallying for a pair of runs in the seventh frame and getting the tying run to the plate before a game-ending groundout.
“This bunch has surprised me a lot this season after losing six players to graduation and other factors,” Suiter said. “They’ve won a bunch of games that I didn’t think were possible and end up with the highest winning percentage of any team I’ve been involved with here.”
W’view tried valiantly to add one more triumph to the season’s total with a seventh-inning rally on a cool Tuesday evening that felt more like a mid-March softball game rather than one deep in the postseason.
In said seventh canto, the Westview bats finally came to life.
Mary Kirk Mesimer doubled to begin the frame and moved over to third when Alex Cross singled with one out.
Lady Charger second baseman Holly Morris was hit by a pitch to load the bags.
Then, freshman Hannah Emberton came through in a big way with a single to plate both Mesimer and Cross.
However, Morris was gunned down attempting to advance to third. While the out was being made, Emberton moved to second.
Westview leadoff lady Kayla Guthrie then grounded out to end the contest.
“They never gave up,” Suiter said of his squad. “As long as there was an out remaining, they played to win. It came down to two really good softball teams and somebody had to go home today.
“I told the girls afterwards that we had been fortunate to be the team that sends someone else home at this point in the season for four years. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Chester County or Lexington in the state title game next week, nor would I have been surprised to see us in that situation if we had won today.”
Chester County tallied two runs in the top of the first inning to get a jump on the District 14A champion Lady Chargers.
Elantra Cox led off the first with a single, No. 2 hitter Jessica Weeks was walked and Trice was hit by a pitch to load the bags with no one out.
Westview hurler Shaylon Robb fanned Sami Jo Ivy for the first out of the frame, but walked Logan McEarl to force Cox across the pay station.
Robb then got Kirsten Henry to hit into a fielder’s choice, but another free pass — this one to Beth Blackstock — allowed Weeks to step on home plate and put the Eaglettes up 2-0 after half an inning.
Chester County scored two more runs in the fourth frame.
Cynthia Beene — who walked — and Weeks each accounted for one run in the fourth.
On the mound, Robb, who has signed to continue her career at Eastern Kentucky, struck out four, but absorbed the defeat. For the season, she was 19-3.
Trice kept W’view at bay for the first five innings as zero struck balls left the infield.
Finally, Guthrie singled to lead off the sixth and break up the no-no and Robb followed suit with a safety in the sixth, but the baserunners were stranded at second and first, respectively.
NOTES: All totaled, the two departing Lady Charger seniors (Robb and Mesimer) have been part of 130 victories compared to 49 defeats. … Westview has made it to the regional semifinals in six of Suiter’s seven seasons as the softball coach. … The 2011 campaign is W’view’s third 30-win season of the last four campaigns. … The Eaglettes (34-7) played at Lexington Wednesday evening in the Region 7A Tournament championship game. The winning team in that game hosts a Class 2A sectional game on Friday, while the loser hits the road.