Dragons even record with extra-inning road victory
EDINBORO — This time, Warren won the extra-inning road battle.
Two days after an eight-inning loss at Villa Maria, the Dragons defeated General McLane, 8-6, in eight innings, Thursday.
“Another great overall team effort,” said Warren coach Carissa Stuart, who earned her first win as head coach. The Dragons are 1-1 in Region 5; General McLane 0-1.
“We were clutch when we needed to be from pitching, to small-ball, to needing a hit,” said Stuart. “It got us a win and that’s what we needed.”
Halle Kuzminski’s two-out, eighth-inning line drive tailed away from the left fielder and hit off her glove and to the fence, scoring both Rylie Yeager — who had doubled — and Kuzminski for an 8-6 lead.
Starting pitcher Kelsey Stuart threw the complete game and shut the door in the bottom half of the eighth with a strikeout, groundout, and strikeout.
“Rylie Yeager and Halle Kuzminski came up big at the plate in the eighth for us,” said Coach Stuart. “Our defense remained very solid. We need better at-bats mentally. Too many times we worked ourselves into bad counts and it should have been the other way around. We fix that (and) our offense will get a lot better.”
Prior to the freshman Kuzminski’s dramatics, Warren tied the score at 2-2 in the top of the second. Alix Lytle and Alex Neureiter started with singles and later score on RBIs by Lexi Hoffman and Yeager.
In the third, after Katie Madigan and Ellee Irwin reached, Kelsey Stuart’s double gave Warren a 4-2 lead. Stuart later scored on an RBI groundout by Lytle.
Still, it wouldn’t be easy. McLane scored four times in the fifth on five hits for a 6-5 lead. The Lancers batted around, but Stuart retired the last two batters, stranding runners on second and third.
Stuart’s third RBI scored Madigan, who reached to start the top of the seventh and was moved over by Yeager.
That forced extras, and Stuart retired the last eight batters in a row, including a double play to end the sixth.
Madigan, Neureiter and Yeager finished with two hits each for Warren in an 11-hit attack. Stuart scattered 10 hits — five outside of the four-run fifth inning. She struck out 12.
Lexi Hoffman’s two-run double keyed a four-run second inning in a 7-2 junior varsity win for Warren. Kuzminski added two hits in the jayvee game. Yeager threw an inning and Carly Beers the final three.
File photo courtesy of Jeff Parkin
Warren pitcher Kelsey Stuart