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Pirettes stay perfect in district play

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Lance Malcher
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April 5, 2011 | 1,417 views | Post a comment

MARION -- The Poth Pirette softball team continued its dominance over District 29-2A opponents last week with crucial wins against the Marion Bulldogs and Nixon-Smiley Lady Mustangs.

A perfect district record after the first half of district play did not come without a scare, though, as the Marion Bulldogs proved to be the Pirettes’ most formidable challenge to date. Poth started out in typical fashion, taking an early 1-0 lead in the first inning off of a Heather Rocha solo home run over the left-center field fence. Rocha’s second of her game-high 3 RBIs would increase the lead to 2-0 in the top of the third with a triple, driving in fellow senior Kayla Boening following her one-out triple.

It seemed the two Pirette runs would suffice, as star senior pitcher Monica Cavazos continued to show her governance over opposing batters, allowing only two base runners and striking out five through the first three innings. Senior pitcher Elija Defenbaugh and the Bulldogs would not go down without a fight, though. In the fourth inning, Poth Head Coach Carilee Robbins and the Pirettes witnessed a very unfamiliar sight as Marion first baseman Brittanie Westfall drove in Philomenia DeHoyas for the first run given up by the Pirettes to a district opponent.

Boening and the Pirettes would answer in the fifth. One of Boening’s four hits in the game came as a leadoff single. Rocha followed by driving in Boening with a stand-up double. Cavazos, too, followed with an RBI double, and the Pirettes extended their lead to 4-1 going into the sixth.

If there were one inning in the entire season Coach Robbins and the Pirettes would like to forget, it would be the bottom of the sixth against the Marion Bulldogs. A combination of extremely uncharacteristic Pirette errors, along with some questionable calls on the infield, allowed the Bulldogs to rack up 6 runs, and giving them a 7-4 lead going into the last inning.

In the seventh, though, the Pirettes would show their resolve and prove their superiority in District 29-2A. Following back-to-back walks by Kaylee Lyssy and Ryann Boening, the Pirettes began chipping away at the lead when Lyssy scored from third on an ill-advised pick-off attempt by the Bulldog catcher that got away from the third baseman. Boening was then driven in by a hard line drive into left field by freshman catcher Charity Fuller. Outfielder Kelsey Garcia reached base safely on a fielder’s choice, and Lindsey Lyssy laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance both runners. Then, Kayla Boening came through again with a clutch two-out, 2-run double to give the visiting Pirettes an 8-7 lead.

Bulldog catcher Mariah Stanley would advance all the way to third base in the bottom of the seventh, but Cavazos sealed the 8-7 win for Poth by striking out two of her game-high 12, and leaving the tying run stranded on third.

If anything, the very close win in Marion boosted the Pirettes’ confidence, as they rolled into Nixon extremely relaxed last Friday to face their final district challenge against the Lady Mustangs. Cavazos was her typical overpowering self, allowing one base runner on a walk, and striking out six in only two innings of work. The Pirettes’ bats were just as dominating as Cavazos’ high fastball.

Disciplined pitch selection, solid hits, and an impressive nine stolen bases ended the game after only three innings, as the Pirettes racked up 16 runs to enact the mercy rule. Kelsey Garcia led the scoring barrage with a game-high 3 RBIs. Caitlyn Gorzell, who gave senior Destiny Rodriguez a much-deserved night off in the outfield, took advantage of her playing time by slapping a 2-run double into left field during a 6-run second inning.

This week, the Pirettes began facing District 29-2A foes for the second time. Poth was scheduled to face the Brooks Academy Tigers in Poth, and their Wilson County rival -- the Stockdale Lady Brahmas -- in Stockdale, as they make their way toward the 2011 playoffs.

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