While neither of Garaway’s baseball or softball teams allowed a single Malvern runner to cross home plate in their games Wednesday, April 5 in Sugarcreek, the games had somewhat of a different feel to them.
The baseball Pirates earned a 5-0 shut-out win over the Hornets, while the Lady Pirates thrashed Malvern to the tune of 20-0 in a game that was pretty much figured out in the first inning.
For the guys, Peyton Miller pitched six scoreless innings to improve to 2-0 on the mound, and he got all the help he needed from a familiar source.
Slugging first baseman Ryan Aleshire continued his torrid start to 2017, pounding out a pair of hits while driving in two more runs to his ever-growing total. In addition, Micah Vanfossen had two singles and an RBI for the Pirates.
However, Garaway’s victory was far from a sure thing. The Pirates scored a single tally in the bottom of the first, which was actually all Miller would need to pick up the win, but Drew Hutchison was nearly as good for the majority of the game. The Malvern hurler stumped Garaway over the next three innings to give his team a chance, but Garaway finally got to him in the fifth by putting up a four-spot.
Garaway ended the game with just six hits and committed pair of errors, while the Hornets could manage just three hits off of Miller, while committing three errors.
Garaway improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in Inter-Valley Conference play.
Meanwhile, the Lady Pirates had zero problems advancing their record to 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the IVC.
All-Ohioan Allison Luneborg took to the mound and improved to 4-0 on the season by hurling a five-inning no-hitter that saw her come within one out of perfection.
Luneborg struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter while cruising to victory, while Paige Elder took the loss for the Hornets.
The senior pitcher had a perfect game going, with seven strikeouts, and two outs in the final inning. Down to its last batter, Malvern’s Jordan Holmes squibbed a ball down the first base line off the end of her bat. Luneborg chased it down and fired to first, however, the ball was dropped and Holmes reached safely. Luneborg retired the next batter to keep the no-hitter intact.
When asked after the game about her no-hitter, Luneborg said, “I’m just glad we came away with another win.”
Offensively, the Lady Pirates cranked out 20 runs off of 22 hits. Amber Monigold led the Lady Pirates attack with five RBI, with two of those coming off of a home run to center field. Jocelyn Troyer also belted a two-run shot for Garaway. Kaitlyn stress added a triple among her two hits and two RBI, Chelsi Rothacher added two hits and produced two runs, Luneborg pitched in with three hits, Sierra Slentz added two hits and two runs and Kassidy Reidenbach, Zoe Johnson and Kallie Regula all doubled.
Garaway scored seven times in each of the first two innings to build a 14-0 lead. The subs entered and continued the scoring attack, putting six more across the plate, with Garaway skipper Dennis Koshmider using the opportunity to play a whopping 18 players during the game.