BUREAU VALLEY COMMUNITY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 340: Lady Bruins top Steamers, advance to finals
Bureau Valley Community Unified School District 340 issued the following announcement on May 23.
Oregon softball sectional: St. Bede 9, Fulton 6
OREGON — You would think the St. Bede Lady Bruins had seen enough drama, edging out the Orion Chargers 5-4 in an 11 inning affair last Friday, capturing the 2A Regional Softball Championship at Port Byron-Riverdale.
They would be reminded that the drama never ends in the post-season.
Taking the field on Tuesday at the Oregon Sectional against the Fulton Steamers, they looked ready to own it. They did indeed, building up to a 9-2 lead and snuffing out a seventh inning rally to prevail with a 9-6 win.
St. Bede (19-7) advances to Saturday's 11 a.m. championship game against Mendota, while Fulton finishes its season at 16-10.
"Yeah, we made it interesting at the end," laughed St. Bede coach Rob Ruppert. "Thankfully we had enough runs on the board that we could afford to give up a couple.
"But I told them "hey, every game you have one bad inning' and it just so happened that our last inning was the bad inning. We'll just go back to work tomorrow and try to clean things up."
St. Bede winning pitcher Abbie May (who worked the entire game) got right down to business, burning down the top of the Steamers' lineup with the first three of her total 11 strikeouts.
One Fulton batter, however made it to base. Kylee Sweenie, batting second, was allowed to advance to first after the home plate umpire made an "illegal pitch" call against May. He would issue a second call on May in the fourth inning.
"I don't understand it," Ruppert said. "They were saying she was moving her foot back after her hands were together, and you can't do that. I don't know, I've never heard that call; in fact, I'm going to look in the rule book when I get home."
For her part, May said, "I haven't been called on an illegal pitch all year, so it kind of threw me off for a little bit but I had to come back mentally tougher."
She did, indeed, striking out the rest of the side in the first inning and three of four batters in the second inning.
The Lady Bruins' offense went to work early as well, with a throwing error to first making Gianna Elias' single into a double, scoring Maggie Sons to put St. Bede first on the board. A sacrifice fly Hayley Short sent Elias home to give the Lady Bruins a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
May increased that lead to 3-0 with a solo homer over center field fence in the bottom of the third inning.
"I was just very selective at the plate today," May said, who was also walked twice in the game.
Fulton finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when Emily Schipper made it to home plate on a fielder's error, but Lady Bruins responded with four runs of their own, with Addie Lee, Ally Borkowski, Kate Plankenhorn, and Brooke Tonozzi making it home to bring their lead to 7-1.
The Steamers managed another run in the fifth inning thanks to a one out RBI double by Emily Banker to score Chloe Lindeman, but two quick pop outs ended another rally as soon as it began, stranding two runners for the second time in the game.
"That 'being stranded' is very crucial," Fulton coach Jessie Rosenow said. "We talked about it all season long, we can't leave people on base. Looking back, I wish we could've pushed them through, but."
Maggie Sons sent a reminder to the Steamers of her batting prowess by scoring Plankenhorn with an RBI double, and Sons herself was sent home courtesy of an Elias RBI, padding the Lady Bruins lead to 9-2 after six innings.
The top of the seventh inning would prove to be one of longest for the Lady Bruins' defense, with Fulton's Ally Reed sending a grounder through the legs of third baseman Charleigh Holmes, followed by a hit from Rylee Leitzen.
A fielder's choice by May got Sweenie out at first base but advanced runners to second and third. Banker saw the open door and sent a hit deep in center field to gain an RBI double, scoring Holmes and Leitzen to narrow the count to 9-4.
Fulton's rally became a real threat when Racheal Huizenga got a single, followed by Schipper smacking an RBI homer that sent her and Huizenga home to bring the score to 9-6.
Sons, for one, still wasn't worried by the Steamers' rally.
"We just knew we were good with still a three point lead and we're still the home team," she said. "We trusted her (May) and the defense was right behind her to make the plays."
It would be Sons herself to end the game, catching a line drive by (losing pitcher) Madison Whitmore to get the long awaited third out and the win for the Lady Bruins.
"If we came out offensively like we ended the game I think it would've been a different outcome," Rosenow said. "You know, this was the first time in our history we've ever been here so there was a little bit of a nerves situation coming from the beginning.
"Towards the end we finally settled down, but we just ran out of innings."
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Source: Bureau Valley Community Unified School District 340