By Brennan Stebbins (For OzarksSportsZone.com)
It’s been seven years because the Webb Metropolis softball staff earned a visit to the state semifinals.
The drought ended on Thursday.
Sparked by a Haidyn Berry residence run, the Cardinals scored 4 runs within the third inning and held off visiting Bolivar 7-3 in a Class 4 quarterfinal.
“It’s a very good place to be and the women, I’m certain you heard them, they’re fairly darn enthusiastic about it and the coaches are too,” Webb Metropolis coach Shauna Buddy mentioned.
Already main 1-0, Berry, a senior, hit a house run to proper subject with one out within the third inning. Junior Peyton Hawkins then drew a stroll, senior Alyssa Jennings singled and junior Kaylyn Gilbert was hit by a pitch to load the bases for junior Emalee Lamar.
Lamar drove in a single run with a groundout to second, and junior Hannah Wells adopted with a pointy single previous second to attain two extra and make it 5-0.
“Simply extraordinarily pleased with the offense,” Buddy mentioned. “They went up there each at bat and gave all of it they obtained and simply made issues occur. That was our plan getting in, we’ve obtained to place our bat on the ball and make them work.”
Webb Metropolis took benefit of Bolivar miscues within the first to take an early lead.
Hawkins reached on an error and located herself at third base and Jennings at second after one other defensive mistake. Hawkins broke for residence on a wild pitch and slid below the tag to make it 1-0.
“Glorious base operating,” Buddy mentioned. “She took benefit of a mistake. At this degree, at this level within the season that’s what you’ve obtained to do. You’ve obtained to take every thing you may get.”
Bolivar coach Brian Thompson mentioned the primary inning set the tone.
“I simply really feel like we weren’t prepared,” he added. “I informed them ‘I’m not going to let you know it wasn’t our day. It was simply as a lot our day because it was theirs.’ I believe in the long term what it was, my intestine tells me their mindset wasn’t proper. We have been too targeted on Saturday presumably as an alternative of simply caring for enterprise right now.”
The five-run deficit after three innings was deflating, he mentioned.
“We didn’t stop, we stored preventing,” he mentioned. “They obtained hits in key instances, we made some errors throughout these instances too. Not all seven of these have been earned. The primary one wasn’t, I’d say no less than 4 or 5 weren’t earned as a result of we threw the ball round and made some errors.”
The groups traded runs within the fourth and fifth, with Bolivar getting on the scoreboard on a solo residence run by senior pitcher Katie Brooks within the fourth and Webb Metropolis scoring within the fifth when Lamar singled in Jennings, who reached on a stroll.
Issues obtained attention-grabbing within the sixth. Brooks singled with two outs and junior Avery McClure then blasted the primary pitch she noticed over the left subject wall to chop Webb Metropolis’s result in 6-3.
However the Cardinals added an insurance coverage run within the seventh when Jennings reached on a leadoff single and later slid below a tag at residence following a groundout to second.
Bolivar, the house staff on the scoreboard, didn’t go down straightforward within the backside of the seventh. Senior Ashton Lynn reached on a single and junior Jadyn Hamilton walked. Each runners have been in scoring place with one out, however a fly out and a strikeout ended the sport.
Webb Metropolis’s Berry struck out 11 and scattered 5 hits within the recreation.
“She’s been on an excellent run,” Buddy mentioned. “She’s actually throwing a few of her finest stuff proper now. I’m certain she didn’t like giving up these residence runs however total she threw an excellent recreation to a very good staff.”
Bolivar’s Brooks struck out 14.
“Distinction is that they have been able to hit and I don’t suppose we have been,” Thompson mentioned.
Bolivar’s season ends with a 16-7 document.
Webb Metropolis, now 26-5, will play at 2 p.m. Saturday in opposition to Platte County, 21-1, in Platte Metropolis.