Colledge leads Lady Warriors with glove, bat
EVERETT — In the top of the third of the Everett-Chestnut Ridge playoff game, Ridge’s Attie Milliron crushed one into the left-center gap. Brooke Colledge streaked after it and made the catch, smashing her face off the fence in the process.
With Colledge writhing in pain on the ground, right fielder Shelby Schleinkofer grabbed the ball out of Colledge’s glove and threw it in for a double play to end the inning.
“I didn’t even think about the fence being there. I just went for it,” Colledge said. “I didn’t even realize it until my face hit the fence, but I caught it I guess.”
After a few minutes, Colledge got up, clutching her face. The junior center fielder had a split lip and cracked tooth. Not once did she think about coming out the game, though.
“‘You’re not going to take me out are you?’ That was the first words out of her mouth to me,” Everett coach Jackie Levy said. “She said to me, ‘Just get me to stop bleeding. I’m staying in the ballgame.'”
Colledge not only stayed in the game but provided the big blow in a six-run bottom of the sixth to help the Lady Warriors down Ridge, 11-5, in the District 5-8-9 3A semifinals.
After Ridge fought back from a 5-1 deficit to tie the game with a four-run fifth, Everett took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Kristen Ewing scored from third on a wild pitch. Colledge followed with a two-run homer to put Everett up 8-5.
The Lady Warriors tacked on three more to seal the win. Alex Iseminger and Jacie Martin both doubled. Ewing and Sydney Reffner closed out the rally with RBI singles.
“We’ve hit the ball well all season. I knew it was just a matter of time before our bats would get going,” Levy said. “I was more happy with our defense. Our starting first baseman tore her ACL (Wednesday) during school so we had to move some girls around that had never played those positions before.”
Everett jumped out to an early 5-1 lead with single runs in the first, second and third and two more in the fourth. Brittany Ewing knocked in three of the runs with a sac fly in the first, a fielder’s choice in the second and a triple in the fourth.
Ridge rallied in the fifth. After Martin struck out the first two batters, five straight batters reached base and four of them scored.
After Makayla Weyant doubled, Kayla Diehl tripled her home. Everett then intentionally walked Milliron, and Lydia Mock reached on an error that scored Diehl.
Sam Baney singled in Katie Gibbner, who was running for Milliron. Mock scored on a passed ball to tie the game, 5-5.
“It was good to come back and tie it,” Ridge coach Chuck Corle said. “We made a lot of miscues. When they got their first five runs, we helped them with everyone of them. Big game-changer’s that catch in center field. We get a run, another girl’s on third. She made one heck of a play.”
Reffner and Iseminger each had two hits and two runs scored. Kristen Ewing had two hits as well. Brittany Ewing scored two runs to go along with her three RBIs. Colledge also had three RBIs.
Payton Whysong homered for Ridge, and Weyant went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Everett advanced to next Wednesday’s championship game in DuBois against Karns City. The winner advances to the state playoffs. Ridge’s season ended at 14-4.
“It’s hard. The girls are very upset. Last year, we came down here and beat them,” Corle said. “When your season ends that quick. It’s hard for the girls. We have two seniors on the team. Whysong hit a home run. She’s been a big part of our team for three years. Our catcher Hailey Oldham’s been solid in there. We’re gonna’ miss both of them.”
CHESTNUT RIDGE (5): Whysong cf 411, Weyant ss 412, Diehl 1b-p 211, Milliron p-1b 301, Gibbner cr 010, Mock lf 310, Baney 2b 301, Dunlap 3b 201, Emerick rf 300, Oldham c 300. Totals — 27 5 7.
EVERETT (11): Reffner ss 322, B. Ewing 1b 321, Colledge cf 411, Iseminger c 422, Price 3b 301, Martin p 411, Schleinkofer rf 311, Grubb lf 210, K. Ewing 2b 412. Totals — 30 11 11.
SCORE BY INNINGS
Chestnut Ridge 001 040 0 — 5 7 2
Everett 111 206 x — 11 11 1
E–Weyant 2, Reffner. 2B–Weyant, Iseminger, Martin. 3B–Diehl, B. Ewing. HR–Whysong, Colledge. RBI–Whysong, Diehl, Baney, B. Ewing 3, Schleinkofer, Colledge 3, Martin, K. Ewing, Reffner. WP–Martin. LP–Diehl. SO–Martin 4. BB–Milliron 4, Diehl 3, Martin 4.
Records: Chestnut Ridge (14-4); Everett (15-2).