BATH TOWNSHIP — Two of the better softball programs in the area clashed Wednesday when Crestview — No. 7-ranked in Division IV — traveled to take on Bath — No. 6 in Division II.
The Wildkittens made short work of the Knights as they run-ruled the defending Div. IV state champion 10-0 in five innings behind a 3-hitter by Kimmy Reynolds.
Crestview is trying to adjust to the loss of nine seniors and seven starting position players from last year’s championship team.
Bath, meanwhile, was coming off of a huge win over Shawnee on Tuesday and needed to bounce right back against the Knights.
Reynolds (13-1) struck out the side in the first inning and was in complete control of the game. She ended up allowing only three hits while striking out eight Crestview batters. The Wildkittens were flawless in the field with no errors in the game.
Reynolds had all her pitches working, mixing in fastballs, curves, riseballs along with a devastating change-up.
Offensively, Bath wasted little time taking control as the team jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Wildkittens loaded the bases with no outs and scored twice thanks to a wild pitch and a fielders’ choice off the bat of third baseman Julia Miller.
Bath added a single run in the third, then four runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to close out the game.
Crestview starting pitcher Terra Crowle worked the first three innings for the Knights before Kirstin Hicks came on to pitch the final two innings.
The Wildkittens’ balance was on display as they got hits from eight of the nine batters, including two hits by shortstop Camille Martin and two from the bat of catcher Abbi Price. Price drove in the final two runs in the fifth inning with a double.
“I’m feeling pretty good but on this team everybody hits and that gives you confidence,” Price said. “We have to keep it going, we have set high goals for ourselves this year.”
Bath coach Laura Ford talked about the balance the offense displayed.
“That’s been our thing with everyone hitting the ball well. We’re tough to pitch around because somebody is coming up right behind them,” Ford said. “I thought the kids responded after the big win (against Shawnee) and made a statement.”
Crestview coach Owen Pugh was realistic about the game and his team.
“They are well-coached and played well while we are trying to rebuild,” Pugh said. “I didn’t expect to turn the world upside down tonight, but we need more effort than we showed. We need for our pitching to carry us.”
Bath improved to 16-1 on the season while Crestview is 10-7. The Knights are undefeated in Northwest Conference action and will meet Ada in NWC play tonight.
Bath's Julia Miller