MFL MarMac Softball Re-cap—June 4, 2014 Issue
By Michael Newton
Bulldog Softball falls in season opener
Bulldog starting pitcher Jillian Haberichter was in a jam early in the first inning May 28, as Crestwood loaded the bases off a single, walk and then a keystone cop effort on a ball on the infield. Haberichter managed to strike out the next three batters and no damage was done, but Haberichter threw 25 pitches in the inning, setting a pattern for the rest of the game, as the Bulldogs fell 12-3.
The Bulldogs struck for their three runs off Crestwood Cadettes pitcher Megan Tlusty in the first inning, employing the running game after a first pitch single by Haley Vogt. She promptly stole second and third, then scored when Bailey Boland reached on a dropped throw by the first baseman. Boland stole second and went to third on a Jasmine Stocker single, while Stocker took second on fielder's indifference, as Crestwood was leery of the double steal with Boland on third. After Tlusty struck out Madelyn Vogt and got Becca Harms to ground out to short, scoring Boland, Chaun’te Drahn laced a double to right center that scored Stocker for the third run. From then on, Tlusty did not allow more than four batters to reach, giving up only two hits the rest of the way.
Haberichter fought her control all game, as two walks in the second came home. A lead off home run to deep left by Tlusty tied the game. Crestwood threatened in the fourth, but failed to score. Crestwood then scored two in the fifth, three in the sixth and four in the seventh, finishing the scoring. Mollie Ward faced the final two Cadettes, giving up a double for the final two runs and a ground out to third.
Tlusty got the win behind nine strikeouts in six innings, many coming off a wicked change-up. Haberichter went six and two-thirds innings, striking out six batters, walking seven and giving up 10 hits. With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 0-1 overall.
Softball splits with North Fayette Valley
Jillian Haberichter started out quickly in game one of the Bulldogs' match-up against North Fayette Valley May 29, striking out the first two batters she faced. However, she then walked the Tigerhawks' catcher, Megan Gavin, and gave up a single to pitcher Becky Monroe, which sent Gavin to third. Kaylee Jones singled Gavin home and Monroe was on third after a steal of second. With Val Butikofer batting, Haberichter unleashed a wild pitch and Monroe scored, but Haberichter threw over to third to get Jones, who was trying to take third in the confusion.
The Bulldogs answered with three runs in the second, as Jasmine Stocker led off with a single. Haberichter singled to move Stocker to second. Briana Berger moved Stocker to third on a single, with Haberichter stopping at second. Kennedy McShane reached on a fielder’s choice, loading the bases with Stocker being forced out pitcher to catcher. Alison Thurn knocked home two runs with a single and scampered to second on a throwing error by the Tigerhawk first baseman, Hanna Moser. With runners on second and third and one out, Haley Vogt lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored McShane, with Thurn going to third. Bailey Boland then grounded out, ending the Bulldog second and their scoring for game one.
Haberichter faced 11 batters in the next three innings, striking out three, hitting one and walking one. In the sixth, the Tigerhawks took the lead with one out after Gavin singled, followed by Monroe and then a walk to Jones. Butikofer reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Gavin. Monroe then scored on a wild pitch. The Tigerhawks added four more in the seventh for an 8-3 win.
Monroe got the win for the Tigerhawks and Haberichter took her second loss of the season, falling to 0-2.
Game two was a complete turnaround, with Haberichter shutting out the Tigerhawks for five innings. The Tigerhawks second game pitcher, Madison Monroe, was not as effective as Becky Monroe, getting roughed up for two in the first inning, three runs in the third and three in the fourth.
Haley Vogt scored two runs, Thurn three, Chaun’te Drahn two and Becca Harms one. McShane had the best night for the Bulldogs, going two for three with a run scored in game one and three for four in game two. She reached base all seven times and has reached base eight times in three games, going six for eight in the early going.
The Tigerhawks scored in the sixth, as the field lights took hold, and twice in the seventh, getting as close as the tying run on deck.
Haberichter struck out six in the second game, walking only two, and got her first win of the season. She is now 1-2, as are the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are 1-1 in Upper Iowa conference play.