Lady Eagles topple Yorktown
by Henry Balderamas
Mar 26, 2009 | 609 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last Thursday’s game between the Woodsboro Lady Eagles and the Yorktown Kitty Kats was supposed to be a showdown of District 31-A title contenders. Both the Lady Eagles and the Kitty Kats reached the regional semi-finals of last year’s playoffs.

The Kitty Kats accomplished their feat in Class 2A making them a favorite to take over in this year’s district race.

Try telling that to the Lady Eagles. Woodsboro used a stout defense and exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to topple the Kitty Kats 10-0. The game ended on the 10-run mercy rule.

“We made a statement to the rest of the district tonight,” said a very pleased Coach Jaime Cano. “We are still the team to beat in 31-A. We came out and played our brand of ball and when we play like that, we can beat anyone.”

The Lady Eagles jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in their first at bat as Kaitlin McCool led off with a single, worked her way around the bases, and stole home for the first run of the game.

Lacie Jochetz reached base on a passed ball, stole second, and scored on a hit by Megan Carter.

In their final at bat the Lady Eagles loaded the bases and pushed one run across on consecutive hits by Melissa Cisneros, Mallory Jessop, Meagan Niemann, and Valerie Balderamas.

McCool then cleared the bases with a triple to centerfield. Chelsea Bluemel doubled to right field to score McCool with the game-ending run.

Defensively, the Lady Eagles were just as impressive. Bria Brown made two great catches in left field; Jessop had one catch and was just inches from taking away the only hit Yorktown got when she made a sensational diving attempt at a line drive hit into the left-center field gap.

Niemann, who recently was moved over to first base, continues to play well with the glove. Carter went the distance, giving up just one hit and striking out six.

“We had a great practice and we came out and hit the ball hard tonight,” said Cano. “We did everything we were supposed to. We had a great crowd out here and playing at home in front of our fans is what we really enjoy.

“When people come to our field and buy a ticket to come support us, our fans want to see good softball. We owe it to our fans to give our very best effort.”
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