Prince gives Westview perfect ending
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
A (Prince) of an effort ensured Westview would indeed take care of some unfinished business.
Meagan Prince twirled a perfect game and the Lady Chargers erased the bitterness from last year’s district tournament failure with a 5-0 victory over Milan for this year’s 13AA softball tourney championship Thursday.
The district title comes with the perk of a host role for Westview (26-6-1) in today’s Region 7AA semifinal game against District 14 runnerup Chester County.
Prince, named the 13AA tournament most valuable player after spinning shutouts in three of the Lady Chargers’ four victories, was flawless in the circle for the second time this season and third of her highly-decorated career.
The University of Kentucky signee struck out 11 and allowed just one Milan batter to hit the ball out of the infield.
Shortstop Kayla Guthrie and third baseman Alex Hughey each made leaping stabs of line drives in the seventh to preserve her gem.
“Yes, I knew,” Prince grinned, when asked afterward if she knew she had not allowed a baserunner in the late-going. “I always have a pretty good idea of what’s going on with things like that.”
Both star pitcher and Westview head coach Jessica Hightower also alluded to T-shirts worn by the team with the inscription ‘unfinished business’ that served as reminder for last year’s showing when the Lady Chargers were beaten in the district tournament — ending a run of five straight seasons of advancing to at least regional play.
“Actually, that was all them; I knew nothing about it,” said Hightower, who is in her second season as head coach. “They just did that on their own and actually kept it from the coaches until well after the season started and one of the young kids let it slip.
“Obviously, Meagan threw the ball very well again, and us getting the run in our first at-bat really took the pressure off and allowed us to relax some at the plate.”
Leadoff hitter Kayla Guthrie was the perfect table-setter, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored to pace Westview’s nine-hit attack.
She opened the game with a single, immediately stole second, continued to third on an error, then came home on Prince’s grounder to short.
In the third, Guthrie got the first of her two bunt singles, swiped second and came home on a clutch two-out single by Alex Hughey to make it 2-0.
Kayla’s little sister, Shelby, made her mark in the contest with a big two-run single in the sixth that accounted for the final margin and was one of her two hits at the bottom of the batting order.
Hughey also was good for two base knocks and Martin’s lone extra-base hit — a double.
published in The WCP 5.14.13