Lady Chargers done in by own mistakes
Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:00 pm
By MIKE HUTCHENS
The end result was that Chester County beat Westview.
In reality, though, the Lady Chargers beat themselves.
An uncharacteristic five Martin errors over the last two innings led to all of CC’s runs in what was ultimately a 6-0 Westview loss in the Region 7-2A semifinals Tuesday evening.
The loss brought to immediate end an otherwise stellar season for the Lady Chargers — one that saw them post a 26-7-1 record and win the District 13 Tournament championship.
It was the final home game for seniors Kayla Guthrie, Kaitlyn Harrelson, Alex Hughey, Meagan Morrow and Meagan Prince.
The end of the line for Westview, given their season-long steady play, was especially bitter considering they’d beaten the Lady Eagles twice earlier in the year and that Chester County had ended the Charger girls’ season two years ago at the same regional semifinals juncture.
“I’m wondering myself,” Martin head coach Jessica Hightower responded, when asked what happened in her team’s late collapse. “The physical errors were huge, but there were others — mental ones — that you can’t put in a scorebook.
“I’ve always said softball was 90 percent mental and just 10 percent physical. When it goes bad between your ears, though, the other part usually isn’t far behind.”
Westview stranded baserunners in scoring position in each of the first three innings and had runners aboard in every frame but one — yet failed to get a key hit to break through.
“I was really hoping our upperclassmen would come through with a hit to get us the lead because we’re like everyone else — we play well when we’re in front. It just never happened,” Hightower added.
The game was scoreless heading into sixth when CC’s Elander Cox got the second of her three hits — a hard single.
The speedy Cox immediately stole second base, and later third, continuing on home after a wild throw to score the game’s first run.
A second Lady Charger error in the inning opened the door for another tally by the visitors, driven in via a two-out single by winning pitcher Summie Jo Ivy.
Westview’s defensive breakdown carried over to the seventh, during which they committed three more errors that — coupled with three Lady Eagle hits — produced four insurance runs and the final score.
Cox drove in one, two more scored on errors, and another on a squeeze play.
“I guess the most disappointing thing is that I know the girls will wake up tomorrow and be sick about how they played,” Hightower added. “We’ve shown we can play with anybody, and we obviously didn’t bring our best today.
“Twenty years ago, I played in the state tournament at Camden. I was really hoping to get these girls there so they could experience that thrill.”
Guthrie had two of Westview’s seven singles, while Alex Hughey reached base twice via a hit and after being plunked by a pitch.
Alex Crosser, Hailey Coleman, Meagan Morrow and Brooke Morrow also had base knocks for the Lady Chargers.
The University of Kentucky-bound Prince fanned seven and gave up a like number of hits in her final prep game. Only two of the runs she allowed were earned.
Published in The WCP 5.16.13