Manual Blog (week four)

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The Crimsons lineup before their game against Presentation / photo by Jana Johnson

Our varsity squad went 5-1 this past week defeating Central 15-0, Ryle 3-2, Knoch (Pa.) 4-1, Simon Kenton 6-4, Presentation 9-0, and a 7-0 loss to Ballard.

We started the week with a matchup against Central. Jeanay Riley started on the circle and teamed up with Madysin Miller to complete a no-hitter. We secured the win with eight runs in the second inning, led with hits by Ella Forish, Anna Grace Avetisian, Cat Schuster, Riley, Grace Endress, and Ashlyn Zuberer.

Three of our games were played this past Saturday in Korthern Kentucky at the Pete Noll Classic Tournament. We experience more bad weather, which didn’t allow us to finish our game against Connor. We waited for the storms to pass and ended up playing three games back to back to back that evening.

Our first game was against Ryle, Riley hit a solo homer off the first pitch of the game to give us to 1-0 lead. She also led us in the circle for four innings, striking out nine. We also had a hard hit double by Avetisian and more bases earned by Maddison Ellis, Meryck Hardley, and Sydney Skiles.

The second game of the day was against a team from Knoch (Pa.). Endress singled on a 1-1 count, scoring our first run. Zuberer led us in the circle, pitching all seven innings and striking out two. Riley went 2 for 4 at the plate and led the team in hits for the game.

The third game of the day was a win over Simon Kenton. Forish hit a grand slam at the top of the 6th to give us a 6-2 lead. Simon Kenton answered in the seven with two runs, but fell short. Miller led us on the circle for four innings, striking out two. The team totaled nine hits at the plate with Taylor Cassin and Ellis each having multiple hits.

Our next win was a 9-0 victory against Presentation Academy Wednesday. Zuberer threw a complete game shutout, striking out four, and walking zero. The offense ended had 14 hits, with Forish, Hardley, Riley, Cassin, and Gracie Pounders all having multiple hits.

We look forward to this weekend as we play two teams at home!