November 21, 2014

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High school softball: Amherst not shocked by Edison upset

Amherst's Sarah Miller singles against Edison on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Amherst’s Sarah Miller singles against Edison on Friday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

WELLINGTON — The Prebis Memorial Tournament is a chance for area teams to face off against top competition from across the state.

On Friday, Amherst made the most of its chance.

Sophomore Ashlee Dahman’s three-run home run was the deciding blow as the Comets defeated Edison 4-3 at Wellington Community Park.

The Chargers (10-3) came into the game ranked No. 7 in the state in Division II in the Ohio coaches state poll, but Dahman, whose third home run of the year came in the fifth inning, said her team didn’t come in thinking of themselves as underdogs.

“This is the kind of game we work hard for all year long,” she said. “I know Edison is a great team but I’m not surprised we won. “That’s why we were excited to play in the Prebis, to get the chance for these kinds of games.”

Dahman had the feeling she had a home run as soon as the ball left her bat.

“It felt good,” she said. “It came right off the sweet spot on my bat. I was just trying to hit a line drive because I knew I needed to get a hit to drive
in my teammates, but I saw the ball well and got a good swing on it.”

Sarah Miller had another big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. The freshman shortstop made what could have been a crucial error when she dropped a popup that would have been the final out of the game.

But she recovered to throw out the next batter to secure the win.

“I wanted another ball hit to me so I could get the final out, so I was ready for it to come my way,” Miller said.

“We knew we needed to come out focused if we were going to win this game. This was one of the most intense games we’ve played. I like playing good teams because it will make us better down the road.”

Amherst (9-3-1) trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning but quickly tied the score when Ashley Cogdell singled home Miller, who had singled and reached second on a wild pitch.

Chelsea Imus scored Edison’s other two runs after leading off the fourth and sixth innings with singles. Comets pitcher Zoe Beetler held Edison to seven hits to record her ninth win of the season.

“I had to work the corners and make sure I kept the ball low in the strike zone today,” Beetler said. “That’s one of the best teams we’ve played this season so I’m so proud of how my team responded today. We played with a total team effort.”

First-year Amherst coach Lacey Reichert thinks that playing in the Prebis can help her team prepare for the upcoming district tournament.

“I think this is the first time Amherst has been at Prebis,” she said. “This is awesome for the girls. You see great pitching and hitting and you’re forced to play good defense. It lets you see where you’re at against the best teams”

Contact Todd Shapiro at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.

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