SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee’s outfielders covered nearly every blade of grass from foul pole to foul pole.
The outfielders got quite a work out thanks to Celina pounding out 17 hits, seven of which went for extra bases.
Celina’s offense was too much for Shawnee in a 10-7 softball victory Friday at Shawnee.
Celina coach Nicole Driggs said her team has made adjustments at the plate since being one-hit by Bath.
“We go back to that Bath loss when we didn’t lay off those high pitches,” Driggs said. “We have been training and training and training on being disciplined at the plate, being patient and being aggressive on our pitches. I’m very happy with the hitting because I know what this team is capable of.”
Celina is 15-1, 6-1 in the WBL. Shawnee is 15-2, 5-2 in the WBL. Both teams trail Bath (3-0), which has had several WBL postponements.
Celina took the lead to stay 4-0 in the first.
Shawnee had one final rally in the seventh, as it entered the final inning trailing 10-6. With the bases loaded and two out, Shelby Lucas rapped an RBI single up the middle to make it 10-7. But the Shawnee runner on second tried to score on the hit and was gunned out at the plate with a perfect throw from center fielder Alexis Zacharias to catcher Callie Vogel.
That ended it.
“That was my mistake. I thought the ball got away from here,” Shawnee co-coach Eric Truxall said. “It’s a windy day and she made a good throw and a good play and game over.”
Leading the 17-hit attack for Celina was starting pitcher Katie Kerr, who went 4 for 5 with a double and an RBI. Katie Kuhn went 3 for 5 with two doubles and an RBI. Leah Rose was 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Kylee Bader went 2 for 3. Freshman catcher Callie Vogel went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs. Shelby Barga went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Kerr picked up the win, going four innings and give up six runs, one earned, on seven hits. Relying on her sneaky change-up, she struck out five and walked two.
Bader closed out the final three innings for the save. She gave up one run on four hits.
“The biggest key for me was to pitch off the plate and make them go at it and chase my pitches,” Bader said.
Added Driggs of her pitchers, “We call it a two-headed monster. You do whatever it takes to win a ballgame. I was very happy the way Kylee performed today.”
For Shawnee, Britt Lauck went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Shelby Lucas was 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Abby Hall went 2 for 4.
Kay Shick started for Shawnee and went 3 1/3 innings giving up seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits. Lauck came on in relief and gave up three runs, two earned, over 3 2/3 innings.
“We know they’re a good hitting team,” Truxall said. “And if you hang a ball, they’re going to make you pay for it. … They had hit Kay pretty hard at that point and wanted to show them a different look.
Celina scored three in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead. In the fourth, Rose had an RBI-double to make it 5-3. Vogel followed with a two-run home run to left and the lead swelled to 7-3.
Shawnee got as close as 7-6 with a three-run fourth. Lauck and Tori Runneals both had RBI singles. Lucas came home from third on a double steal.
But Celina added one run in the fifth, sixth and seventh to make it 10-6.
“They hit a lot of mistakes. They shrink the zone for themselves and when it’s in there, they hammer it,” Truxall said.
Celina vs. Shawnee