WHS girls stand one win from 8th straight Section title

By on May 2, 2012

By: BRUCE MORGAN Record Express Sports Editor bmorgan.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

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Senior Megan Eyer, shown here laying down a bunt, had a key base hit in Warwick's five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning against Cedar Crest on Monday.

Discouragement turned to relief for the Warwick girls softball team on Monday.

After being shut down for six innings by Cedar Crest pitcher Kayla Seyfert, the Lady Warriors found some life in their final at-bats.

With RBI base hits by Victoria Byler, Cassidy Godber and Alex Condie, Warwick erased a 4-0 deficit and defeated Cedar Crest 5-4 in Cornwall, bringing them within one win of their eighth straight Section One crown.

Their 11-2 L-L record (12-4 overall) is three games better than second-place Hempfield (8-5 L-L) with just three games left in the regular season.

"Winning today was huge," Warwick coach Don Miller said, "because if we had lost, we would’ve had three losses and then it puts more pressure on us the rest of the way. But we’re at a point now where if we win one more game, we clinch it."

Seyfert, who struck out five and walked four, was putting pressure on the Warwick girls on Monday, allowing just two hits through six innings. The Lady Warriors got back-to-back walks from Godber and Karlie Watson to open the first inning, but they were stranded there, and Seyfert went on to post six straight goose eggs.

Meanwhile, the Crest girls (6-7 L-L) took a 4-0 lead with one in the first and three more in the second inning. The Lady Falcons mustered only five hits off of Warwick pitcher Tessa Eckman, but they capitalized on a walk and an error.

"I don’t think they really hit the ball hard off her," Miller said. "She did a nice job."

Indeed. After the second inning, Crest didn’t have another base runner, as Eckman retired 16 straight batters to end the game. She finished with one strikeout.

"She was throwing a screwball and trying work the corners," Miller said. "I think she was mixing in some drops and rises."

Warwick’s offense wasn’t doing much of anything either, with no hits through the infield until Watson singled in the sixth.

"We weren’t getting good at-bats," Miller said. "It was a little sleep walking through the middle innings."

Finally in the top of the seventh, however, their bats woke up from that sleep walking. After Jenny George worked a one-out free pass, Megan Eyer singled past third and Lacey Lefever hit a slap bunt into shallow center field to load the bases. Byler’s two-run double to right got Warwick on the board, and then Godber tied it with a two-run single to center.

Watson followed with a shot to center field which Cedar Crest’s outfielder grabbed to temporarily keep things knotted.

"(Karlie) hit a nice line drive and the center fielder came in and made a sliding catch. She made a really nice play," Miller said. "I thought that was going to give us the go-ahead run."

But after Madi Derr walked, Condie blooped an RBI single over third to drive in Godber with the go-ahead run.

Then from there, Eckman pitched a perfect seventh to lock it up for the Warwick girls.

"We didn’t do much of anything until that last inning," Miller said, "so that was a little discouraging, but we did come back. It was a good win, I’ll put it that way. I think it showed a lot of character to come back. We didn’t give up. We got the walk, we got the single and everyone was up cheering."

Last Friday, the Warwick girls suffered only their second league loss, dropping a 12-7 loss to Penn Manor in Millersville.

Trailing 6-1, the Lady Warriors made it interesting with a three-run fourth inning rally, but they would get no closer.

George finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Godber was 2-for-5 with two runs scored to lead Warwick’s offense.

Last Wednesday, April 25, the Warwick girls took a 5-1 lead after three and then invoked the 10-run rule with a six-run fifth inning rally, leading them to an easy 11-1 win over Cocalico in Section One-Two crossover play in Lititz.

Watson was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI’s to lead the offense, and pitcher Lacey Lefever quieted the Lady Eagles bats, allowing just one run on three hits in the complete-game victory. More WHS GIRLS, page B-3

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