HUBER HEIGHTS — After losing 13-3 to Greenville and then bouncing back with a 2-1 victory over Franklin-Monroe on Saturday the Wayne girls fast-pitch softball team returned home Monday to score a one-sided 19-2 run-rule victory over Stebbins in four and a half innings.
Stebbins took a 2-0 lead in top of the first inning tagging Wayne freshman pitcher Kali Brickman for a pair of doubles and a single. Brickman struck out a pair of hitters, including Abigail Blust for the third out. After Wayne failed to score in the home half of the first the Lady Warriors’ bats came to life and the rout was on. By game’s end Wayne pounded out a total of 18 hits.
Brickman struck out two more Stebbins batters in the top of the second and in the home half of the inning the Lady Warriors began to pound the ball. Sam Boyer led off with a single and advanced to second when the left fielder bobbled the ball. Ryleigh Crouse also singled to left with Boyer advancing to third. Makaila Foy singled to center to score Boyer with Crouse advancing to third. Brickman helped her own cause by belting a double to deep centerfield to bring Crouse home while Foy advanced to third. Kayla Eskew singled to left to score Foy. Morgan Santos reached first on an infield single to drive-in Eskew. Marissa Philpott singled to right to bring Santos home and Philpott then stole second. Boyer came up for the second time in the inning and singled to center to score Philpott from second to give Wayne a 7-0 lead.
Wayne added six more runs in the bottom of the third inning. The first run came off a frozen rope home run to dead centerfield by Foy, who led off the inning. Foy’s home run barely cleared fence but was hit so hard it got out of the park in just over one second.
The Lady Warriors tacked on six more runs in the fourth inning on singles by Foy, Brickman, Eskew, Santos, Philpott and Boyer and a bases loaded walk by Eve Geaslen.
On the mound Brickman pitched 5 innings, struck out nine, scattered six hits and surrendered two earned runs.
With the victory Wayne improves to 2-1 while Stebbins falls to 0-3.
“Today was a good hitting day, obviously,” said Wayne Coach John Chesley. “We didn’t face the strongest of pitching, but the girls stayed back and drove the ball.”
This year’s team has plenty of depth with six seniors, five of which are starters. Most of the team consists of upperclassmen.
“We have power everywhere in our lineup,” Chesley noted. “If we can make contact we are going to be in good shape. Stebbins has a young team and they are working at it. They are competitive and they didn’t give up, so that is a good thing.”
Chesley has high hopes for this year’s team. He feels his team can win the National East division if all goes as planned. Unlike past seasons when Centerville was the team to beat, Chesley believes Beavercreek will be very tough.
“Anything other than winning the division this year would probably be underachieving for us,” Chesley added. “We should compete for the title. Centerville has been the team to beat in the past, but this year I think it is going to be us and Beavercreek. All of the teams in the division are fairly close talent wise, but I with our experience and our senior class I think this is the year that we do it.”
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