By Catrina Olsen
It was an extremely emotional game for Senior Wildcats as they played their last game on their home field. For seniors Sammie Stefan and Lauren Shaw. The girls showed up to play their game. After the game, they were shocked to hear about the 46 consecutive scoreless innings Holy Name had. They focused on their team and their players and that showed without a doubt.
With Holy Name getting on the board early in the first inning with Vanessa Whitlow having a single, stealing second which placed her in scoring position. With a single from Mary Novosel, Whitlow scores. Holy Name 1, Keystone 0 going into the bottom of the first.
With a late start at the bottom of the first Keystone manages to scrap a run. With a single from Shaw that put one person on the bases. With a double from Madi Cendrosky, Shaw scored. Holy Name 1, Keystone 1 going into the second inning.
Through the second inning and into the bottom of the third, the score remained tied at 1.
Senior pitcher, Shaw, had this to say about the team: “They (Holy Name) had really tough hitters, they were very aggressive, my defense was solid, and offense came right back…they (Keystone) came back and answered everything they gave.”
The bottom of the third was a big hitting inning for the Wildcats. Paige Hartley started off the momentum for the Wildcats with a single. Followed by a double by Stefan, with an RBI. With a follow up RBI double by Cendrosky that brought the score Holy Name 1, Keystone 3.
That score stood until the bottom of the bottom of the sixth inning where Keystone broke out the bats. With a lead off solo homerun by Stefan, that was the spark that the Wildcats used to continue the scoring. Cendrosky had a single, stole second and third. With two walks by Autumn Acord and Brooke Piazza. With a single by Angel Minisall had an RBI of Cendrosky. With the final run of the game being scored by Acord on a passed ball. The final score of the game read Holy Name 1, Keystone 6.
“Coach P has been working on aggressive baserunning and so I knew it was my job to get around the bases and score, it was my goal to get home, so I made sure I did it.’ Said Stefan who went 3 for 3 at the plate with a single, double and a homerun.
“It’s not about personal statistics it’s about the team.” Stated Stefan.
Keystone advances to play in the Tiffin Regionals on May 24.