Ickes delivers for C-K
CLAYSBURG – The pitchers took center stage as Williamsburg hadn’t faced Claysburg-Kimmel ace Kiersten Coho in their two previous meetings this year.
On the flip side, the Lady Bulldogs had trouble with the slower-pitching Alyssa Weise.
It was the eighth-seeded Lady Blue Pirates that got to Coho and before top-seeded C-K figured out Weise.
However, the Bulldogs, behind a grand slam from Madison Ickes, erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning as they finally cracked Weise to take control in an 11-3 District 6 Class A quarterfinal victory at home on Monday afternoon.
“You have to generate your own power against slower pitches,” Claysburg-Kimmel coach Mike Barbarini said. “Madison created her own power and hit that one down the line, and Courtlin hit that triple. We started to get things going and we started relaxing.”
“This is the first we’ve seen Coho this year,” Williamsburg coach Kim Siva said. “I was proud that they were hitting off of her. They did very well hitting off her.”
Trailing 3-1, Coho got things rolling with one out with a single to left-center. Hannah Claycomb reached on an error by second baseman Camryn Bookhammer, and then advanced to second as pinch runner Rachel Walter came around to score.
Weise walked Abby Kulick and Brooke Ritchey to load the bases. Ickes drilled Weise’s pitch down the left field line and rounded the bases for the blast that put her team on top for good, 6-3.
“We don’t really do a good job hitting slower pitchers,” Ickes said. “We practiced really hard on that all week. I just knew I had to do something to get the team going. I knew I had to make a play.”
Mallory Cox knocked in Kala Brumbaugh on a fielder’s choice. Catcher Courtlin Holland drilled a triple down the same left field line then courtesy runner Christina Wannyn crossed the plate on a wild pitch to score the last run of the inning.
C-K added three runs the next inning to set the final.
“They [Claysburg] knew they could come back against them. They just needed to relax and play,” Barbarini said. “They came out nervous. We had a key injury at first [Mercedeze LeMaster] which hurt us as far as offense goes, but the other girls picked us up and hit the ball at key times.”
WHS settled in and rocked Coho for three runs in the second as Carly England’s double drove in Alyssa Detwiler, then scored as Katie Kennedy was thrown out at first.
Haley Rhule smacked an RBI single to drive in England for the Lady Blue Pirates’ final run.
“They were excited. That’s probably the most excited I’ve seen them all season,” Siva said. “They were up and they knew what they were doing. We just wanted to play our best games.”
Coho settled down and struck out six while scattering just four hits and walking one from the third inning on.
“Live it’s a lot different [hitting against a slower pitcher],” Barbarini said. “We practice all year for the better pitchers and then we come up against slower pitches, and we can’t hit them, we can’t adjust.”
Claysburg-Kimmel advances to take on the winner of today’s Bishop Carroll and Ferndale game in the semifinals.
WILLIAMSBURG (3): Rhule ss 403, Bookhammer 2b 300, Shaw lf 401, Kensinger 3b 400, Detwiler dh 310, Stayduhar rf 200, Plumley ph 000, Cai. England cf 311, Car. England c 313, Kennedy 1b 301. Totals: 29 3 9.
CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL (11): Ickes 2b 322, Brumbaugh cf 322, Cox ss 302, Holland c 401, Wannyn cr 010, LeMaster 1b 000, Glass ph-1b 200, Walter pr-ph 010, Coho p 401, Claycomb 3b 221, Kulick rf 220, Ritchey lf 111, Totals: 24 11 9.
SCORE BY INNINGS
WILLIAMSBURG 030 000 0 – 3 9 6
CLAYSBURG-KIMMEL 001 730 X 11 9 3
E Kensinger 2, Rhule 2, Car. England, Bookhammer, LeMaster, Ickes, Holland. 2B – Car. England. 3B Holland. HR Ickes. SB Cai. England, Brumbaugh. HBP Kulick. PITCHING Williamsburg: Weise 3 2/3 innings, 4 K’s, 2 BB’s, 6 hits, 5 ER Detwiler 2 1/3 innings, 0 K’s, 2 BB’s, 3 hits, 3 ER Claysburg-Kimmel: Coho 7 innings, 8 K’s, 1 BB, 9 hits, 2 ER