April 30, 2016

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H.S. Softball: Midview’s Stone shuts out Avon

EATON TWP. – The West Shore Conference`s two undefeated teams went head to head Tuesday afternoon, featuring a matchup of two of the league`s undefeated pitchers, Midview senior Brittany Stone (5-5, 4-0 WSC), and Avon freshman Brittany Flower (11-3, 7-0).
This time the senior prevailed by shutting out the Eagles, 5-0, via a seven-strikeout three-hitter.
Flower outdid Stone in strikeouts with 12, but yielded six hits. Four of those hits came in a three-run third inning.
Flower cruised through the first two innings, setting down five Middies on strikes.
The third inning started the same way, as the first two Middies went down swinging. Sophomore right fielder Ann Turner started the rally with a bunt single, while Paige Stefancin followed with a base hit to left, moving Turner to second. Freshman Jillian Kazmierczak sliced a triple down the right-field line, scoring Turner and Stefancin. Senior Elizabeth Fazekas brought home Kazmierczak with a sharp double that eluded the center fielder and Midview (10-9, 8-0) had all the runs it needed.
“When we scored those runs, it took a lot of pressure off of me,” Stone said. “My screwball was working good, keeping them off balance, which made the fastball more effective.”
It may have been a different ballgame had Avon (14-4, 7-1) been able to take advantage of its scoring opportunity in the second inning.
Senior shortstop Amanda Spiroff led off the inning with a sharp double down the left-field line. Senior catcher Julia Monteleone followed with a pop-up in the infield that no one could make a play on. Spiroff was able to advance to third.
With sophomore third baseman Mackenzie Wentz at the plate, Midview`s catcher, Heather Miller, was unable to handle Stone`s pitch and Spiroff attempted to score. Miller was able to retrieve the ball and toss it to Stone covering the plate and Spiroff was out. Monteleone scooted all the way around to third on the play, but was stranded there as Wentz was called out on strikes and Kelsey Maruszak grounded to third.
“Not getting any runs in the inning was the big one for us,” Avon manager Ken Matuszak said. “We usually try to get the lead first and then our girls play with confidence, knowing they have the lead. Then they came back and scored a couple of runs. That was the game.
“They were able to play a lot looser and we started playing a little tighter. I was telling them in the dugout that you can`t control what everyone else is doing. We can only control what we do. We just couldn`t put any hits together today.”
Midview added runs in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away.
“The good things about today was that we were able to put down bunts when we had to,” Midview coach Mike Ives said. “We moved the runners and we got a couple for hits. We were able to play small ball, and then we were able to get timely hits when we needed them.”
Contact Ron Nenadal at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.