Garaway Softball

Three home runs lead Lady Pirates to win over East Canton

Jocelyn Troyer

Wind power is the use of air flow, through wind turbines, to mechanically power generators for electric power.

In softball terms, wind power is the use of air flow, to mechanically power softballs over the outfield fence.

That is exactly what happened on a windy Monday evening in Sugarcreek as the Garaway Pirates took on the East Canton Hornets. The teams combined to power 4 home runs over the fence. The homers accounted for 11 of the 18 runs scored during the game.

Garaway took advantage of a first inning error to set the tone for the game.

Chelsi Rothacher started the bottom of the first off with a single. Zoe Johnson moved her into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. A walk to Allison Luneborg put runners on 1st and second. After a fly ball for out number two, Kaitlyn Stress hit a routine grounder to shortstop. On the force attempt at second, the ball was bobbled and Luneborg was safe. Rothacher scored on the play to put Garaway up 1-0.

The results from the error escalated significantly as the inning continued.

Hannah Halstead ripped a double to drive home Luneborg and Stress. Amber Monigold followed with a two run homer. Instead of a scoreless game, the Pirates were now up by five.

The score remained 5-0 until the top of the third inning.

East Canton was the beneficiary of a pair of walks. With two outs, Lexi Betz hit a towering shot to dead center for a three run homer. East Canton was alive and now down by only a pair of runs, 5-3.

After struggling to get anything solid going for two innings against Hornet relief pitcher Cassandra Wolfe; the Pirates offense roared to life in the fourth inning.

Cassy Donaldson singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Rothacher connected for her second home run of the season, putting Garaway up 7-3. Johnson followed with a single, but was caught stealing a couple pitches later. Luneborg drew a walk.

The next two Garaway hitters were aided by the East Canton defense.

Kassidy Reidenbach drilled a single to right field that skipped past the defender. Luneborg scored and Reidenbach ended up all the way at third base. On the next play, Kaitlyn Stress hit the repeat button. Stress smashed a single up the middle, which also bounced past the outfielder. Reidenbach scored while Stress hustled all the way to third. Halstead drove in Stress with a sacrifice fly to give the Pirates a commanding 10-3 lead.

Garaway put a quick end to the game in the fifth inning.

Four consecutive singles, by Jocelyn Troyer, Ashley Shrock, Rothacher and Johnson, put Garaway up 11-3. With the base loaded and no outs, Allison Luneborg spun her bat like a windmill and energized the Pirates with a walk-off grand slam. “It was cool to end the game that way,” said Luneborg after the game. “It was extra special because my grandparents from southern Ohio were there to see it.”

The home run was Allison’s third of the season. When asked about what affect the wind had she responded, “It may have gave it the extra oomph it needed to get out.”

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