Every team wants to peak right around the start of tournament time, and the Garaway Lady Pirates appear to be headed in that direction.
With a 14-6 win over Buckeye Trail on Tuesday, April 30, the Lady P’s have now reeled off wins in six of their last seven games, and a slugging offense continues to exploit opposing pitching.
In the 14-6 victory over the Warriors, Kori Gutheridge got the call in the circle and pitched all seven innings and scattered eight hits, only allowing one earned run.
The offensive explosion was needed because the Lady Pirates struggled in the field, kicking it around and allowing five unearned runs.
“The defense had an up and down game with five errors but made some great plays as well,” head coach Rick Johnson said. “We turned two double plays, had two throw outs on steal attempts and two outs at the plate. Chelsi Rothacher had a nice throw from center field that one-hopped to Cassy Donaldson for the tag at home.”
Garaway got out early with a three-spot in the first inning and just kept adding to their run total throughout the game, scoring in five of the seven innings. A 14-hit attack led to 14 runs.
Garaway led 3-0 through the first inning, added a fourth run in the third and then exploded for four runs in the fourth inning to push out to an 8-0 lead. Buckeye Trail responded with three in their half of the fourth.
Garaway put up two more in the fifth, which Buckeye Trail matched in their half of the inning, and neither team scored in the sixth, but the Lady Pirates went off for four insurance runs in the final inning to win going away.
Zoe Johnson led the charge by going 4-for-5 with four RBI. She had two singles, a triple and a home run, her school record 10th on the year. She has now hit in all 22 games this season, blowing past the former school record of 18-straight games with at least one hit.
Rothacher followed that with three hits, two RBI and a home run, her fourth of the year. Meghan Petitte and Jocelyn Troyer each had two hits. Troyer had a double that tied the school record of 13 held by her teammate, Johnson. Mya Gee, Gutheridge and Donaldson rounded out the hits with one apiece. The two home runs on the day tied the school’s team season home run record that currently stands at 27.
“We are finally back to full strength with Cassy Donaldson being able to play again, and Jocelyn Troyer pitched her first game in almost two weeks (last game against Newcomerstown),” coach Johnson said.
Troyer improved to 7-2 on the year with that win.
The Lady Pirates recently earned the number-three seed in the Div. III East District tournament.