GHS softball season ends at sectional

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

LIZTON--Night two of sectionals on Tuesday was a good one for spectators. The first game between Tri-West and Indian Creek came down to the last out when a Tri-West player hit a walk off triple to drive in the winning run.

Game two between Greencastle (7-15 2-8 WCC) and Danville was not as close, but the Tiger Cubs of Greencastle battled until the end losing, 10-3.

Tri-West High School hosts the sectional and for Greencastle, the Warriors were probably not who they wanted to face first. Greencastle will only lose one senior in Danielle Thomas, so exceptional things are expected in the season to come.

Coach Dave Keller thinks Thomas has enjoyed her time as a Tiger Cub but that she is ready for college and the life to come.

"I can't say enough about her," Keller said, "I don't want to speak for her, though"

A team that has struggled hitting the ball came through Tuesday for the Eagles. They had seven total hits, most of were solid. After the first three innings they brought at least five batters to the plate in every inning.

"I hope it brings a lot (of confidence) to the team ," Keller said. "The girls, they've been through a lot this year. We've kind of hit a little rough patch here at the end. If they don't see positive things out of the way we played tonight, we just made young mistakes. That's no excuse. Danville played a good game. Some body's got to win and somebody's got to lose."

Those final innings gave Greencastle a run in three straight innings to keep Danville from opening up the ten run rule option.

They also rallied with two outs and no one on to score a run.

"All you can ask for is to get a group of girls who will never quit," Keller said, "Our girls never quit. In the last half inning they were making all kinds of noise in the dugout. We were down seven runs and most people could have had their heads down and they didn't. They stayed positive and for that I'm very proud. I told them before the season started to stay positive in a ball game and give yourself a chance.

"If you're down and bummed out, then your not giving yourself the best chance. We started putting the bat on the ball a little bit and making them play and scored some runs. So I'm proud of them."

On the down side the Warriors were doing the same and at a higher degree. They had 11 hits off of three different pitchers, Skylar Hensley, Hope Scanland and Maddie Fauvergue. Seven of the 10 runs came off of Hensley.

"They did hit the ball solidly after we made a couple of mistakes," Keller said, "We had a walk and in error in the first inning and runners on second and third and they hadn't even hit the ball. We kind of put ourselves in a bad spot."

Six free bases helped the Warriors, as well.

Keller thinks his team could have done better at every area of the game, but he is also pleased with how his team has improved over the season.

"We make things difficult on ourselves sometimes," Keller said, "We make tough outs even tougher. That's what young teams do. I got to give credit though. Maddie (Fauvergue) came in and pitched a great game at the end. Hope (Scanland) pitched a great game and the girls gave themselves a chance. That's what I'm proud of. All the way around I think they got better.

"I think every spot they got better. You just can't say enough about them. 14 and 15 year olds playing around the infield and they played great."

Tri-West Sectional

Greencastle 000 111 0--3

Danville 501 220 x--10

WP: Sam. Glazer (D)

LP: Hensley (G)

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