Garaway lost an IVC-cross-over contest to East Canton Friday, April 13 in windy Sugarcreek. The Pirates belted five home runs during the contest, including two off the bat of Kori Gutheridge. Unfortunately for the Pirates, every home run was a solo shot. Meanwhile the East Canton offense was on a roll, smacking 16 hits, five of those for extra bases.
East Canton set the tone for the game in the first inning. Back-to-back singles, a double into the left-center gap and a single put the Wizards up 3-0 with no outs. Garaway starting pitcher Kori Gutheridge finally settled in and retired the next three batters.
Garaway came right back with a lead-off walk from Cassy Donaldson followed by a single from Kallie Regula. The Pirates were unable to move the runners over with bunts and found themselves with two outs and runners still at first and second Kassidy Reidenbach followed and ripped a clutch single into the right-center gap to clear the bases, slicing the Hornet lead to 3-2 after one.
Gutheridge fanned three consecutive Wizards in the top of the second inning, but the Pirates squandered a great opportunity too.
East Canton expanded its lead to 4-2 in the third inning, but the Pirates responded in a big way in the bottom of the inning. Regula led off with a monster solo shot deep over the center field fence. After a pair of outs, Reidenbach delivered the next blow, a deep shot to left-center. Gutheridge followed with the third homer of the inning, a line drive over the center-field fence. Just like that the Pirates were up 5-4 and seemed to be back in control of the game.
The score remained 5-4 until the fifth inning. A one out walk and a single put Wizards on first and second base. A passed ball allowed both runners to move up 60 feet and a Madison Harris double enabled East Canton to recapture the lead 6-5.
Garaway wasted an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Maddie Steiner singled with one out and then moved to second base on a passed ball, but got no further.
East Canton put together another three-run rally in the sixth, recording three singles a double, a triple and an error to take a commanding 9-5 lead.
Once again the Pirates had an opportunity to get back in the game. With one out, Zoe Johnson came in as a pinch hitter. The Pirate shortstop was resting on the bench due to a hand injury the previous night. Johnson sparked the Pirate dugout with a deep home run over the center field fence. Mya Gee followed with a single and Donaldson doubled. With runners at second and third and the meat of the order up, the Pirates were one hit away from cutting the Hornet lead to one, but the freshman Hall showed no sign of stress as she ended the Pirate threat with a grounder and strike out.
East Canton added an insurance run in the seventh, expanding the lead to 10-6.
Down to their last at bat, all it took was two pitches to get two quick pop outs to second base for the Pirates. Gutheridge did her best to improve the Pirates’ spirit with her second home run of the day, a line shot to left field, but freshman pitcher and winner Marisa Hall ended the game by inducing a fly-out center and East Canton provided Garaway with a stinging 10-7 loss.