BEAVERCREEK — Freshman pitcher Kali Brickman struck out eight, scattered nine hits and allowed just three runs to help lead the Wayne fast-pitch softball team to a key 6-3 National East victory Monday at Beavercreek.
Lending offensive support was Ryleigh Crouse who went 3-4 with one RBI, Makaila Foy 3-4 with two RBI and one run, Sam Boyer 2-4 with one RBI and two runs, Eve Geaslen 1-1 with a stolen base, Marisa Philpott 1-4 with a run and Breanna Musick 1-4 with a solo home run.
Wayne took a one run lead in the top of the first inning. With two outs Marissa Philpott hit a double to centerfield and Sam Boyer followed with a single to score Philpott.
Brickman struck out the side in the bottom of the 1st. Beavercreek tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the 2nd. Natasha Price singled and stole second, advanced to third on a ground out to short and scored on a double to left center by Tabatha Koetter.
The Lady Warriors took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 3rd inning. Morgan Santos got a lead-off infield single but was forced out at second when Boyer hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. Boyer advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on another wild pitch. Brickman drew a walk and Ryleigh Crouse singled to score Boyer. Makaila Foy also singled to score Brickman to make it a 3-1 game.
Wayne boosted its lead to 4-1 on a one out solo home run by Breanna Musick in the top of the 4th inning.
“Musick turned on that pitch after about a 10 pitch at-bat,” said Wayne Coach John Chesley.
She fouled off a lot of pitches to earn the home run and waited until she got the pitch she wanted.
“I was pretty nervous,” Musick admitted. “It was the perfect pitch. It was right there, right on the meat of the bat. It was about waist high and just the perfect pitch for me to get my bat on. I already had two strikes and I fouled about six off before I hit it.”
That lead swelled to 6-1 in the top of the 5th. Boyer reached base on an infield hit and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brickman. Boyer scored on a double to center by Foy. Foy advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an infield hit by Eve Geaslen.
Beavercreek cut the lead in half in the home half of the 6th. Raidyn Johnson (2-3) led off with a single to shallow center and scored on a home run to deep centerfield by Cierra Chastain to make it a 6-3 game. Brickman squashed the rally by getting Natasha Price to ground out to short, Emilee McPeak to hit a pop-up to short and struck out out Danielle Young.
Brickman got a pair of pop-outs around an infield hit and a ground out to second in the bottom of the seventh to seal the victory.
“That was a conference game that we needed. We gotta have all these,” Chesley said. He was happy to see Brickman hold her composure after the two run homer by Chastain in the bottom of the sixth.
“They have power all over their lineup,” Chesley said. “We know their players and we knew we had to stay away from Johnson and Chastain. That last out in the seventh was huge because Johnson was on deck. We got a lot of runs with two outs and that was the key. Even our first couple of runs, we squeaked out a run here and a run there and it was sweet.”
With the victory Wayne improved to 2-2 in conference play and 7-7 overall. Beavercreek fell to 1-3 in conference play and to 5-8 overall. The two teams will face each other again on Tuesday at Wayne.
WAY 1 0 2 1 2 0 0 – 6 12 0
BEA 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 – 3 09 0
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