April 3, 2013
BATH TOWNSHIP — Ten batters up, ten batters down.
That’s how many Continental batters Bath pitcher Kimmy Reynolds struck out before allowing a base hit in Tuesday’s non-conference softball game.
For the game, Reynolds fanned 14 batters and gave up just one hit in a five-inning game to lead Bath to a 14-0 run-rule victory over visiting Continental.
Reynolds also smacked two doubles for Bath (4-0) as the Wildkittens pounded 12 hits off Continental pitcher Leva Weller.
Reynolds threw a total of 57 pitches as she improved to 3-0 on the season.
Reynolds cruised through the first 10 hitters. In the top of the fourth inning with one out, Continental second baseman McKenna Scott singled to right to erase Reynolds’ bid for a no-hitter.
However, after Scott’s single, Reynolds retired the side with two strike outs. In the fifth, Kiana Warnement hit a grounder back to the mound and Reynolds easily threw her out at first base.
That was about all the noise Continental (0-1) would muster against Reynolds.
“I rely on Julia (Miller, the catcher) on what pitch to call and to catch the ball and let me know what I need to do,” Reynolds said. “I’m a confident person, but I have to have confidence in my defense.”
Reynolds said that once her teammates were able to put back-to-back hits together, it seemed like the rest of the lineup came alive.
“Hits are contagious,” Reynolds said. “She’s a good pitcher, but you have to get the hits and get the runs in for your team.”
Bath scored in every inning. In the bottom of the fourth, the Wildkittens broke the game wide open, scoring seven runs on five hits to pull out to the 14-0 lead.
Along with Reynolds, Camille Martin, Jenna Hollar and Kara Dienstberger each had two hits in Tuesday’s rout of Continental. Martin had five RBIs.
Longtime Bath coach Laura Ford was pleased at how her players not only hit the ball, but how they ran the bases and forced Continental to make plays. For the game, the Pirates made six errors.
“We want to try to put pressure on the defense all the time and we try to be aggressive, offensively, whether it’s batting or on the bases,” Ford said. “And we definitely took advantage of some of those situations today.”
Weller went the distance for Continental, striking out six and walking three. The senior right-hander threw a total of 101 pitches in four innings of work.
“This is actually the first time for us out of the (batting) cage,” Continental coach Jordan Streicher said. “And when you face one of the best pitchers in the area — as far as moving around and changing speeds — it’s tough.
“In the first three innings, we hung around a little bit, but we (finally) collapsed. These guys (Bath) just put it in play, put it in play, and sooner or later they make something happen.”