Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beckley tosses two shutouts

By The Herald Staff | 5/1/2013

Wellsville High School softball pitcher Raegan Beckley had her pitches dancing Tuesday in a sweep over Central Heights at Central Heights.

She finished with 29 strikeouts and two shutout wins over the Vikings. Wellsville won 4-0 and 9-0.

Wellsville High School softball pitcher Raegan Beckley had her pitches dancing Tuesday in a sweep over Central Heights at Central Heights.

She finished with 29 strikeouts and two shutout wins over the Vikings. Wellsville won 4-0 and 9-0.

Wellsville coach Chris Rose said the opener was a pitcher’s duel between Beckley and Central Heights senior Sam Stegner.

“Both pitchers did a tremendous job of working ahead in the count and making hitters hit their pitch and both pitchers had the hitters off-balance most of the game,” Rose said.

Beckley tossed a two-hitter in both games.

“Raegan Beckley was absolutely dominant,” Rose said. “Usually in the second game of a doubleheader, teams catch on to the pitcher if they pitched in the previous game and in this game that wasn’t the case because Raegan did a tremendous job of hitting spots and working ahead in counts.”

Beckley had 16 strikeouts in the nightcap.

Justine Dougan smashed a home run in the second inning of the opener. She also had a double and scored two runs. Tori Broers had two hits and an RBI.

The game stayed at 1-0 until the seventh inning.

“I was really proud of how our girls made adjustments at the plate and found a way to string together a couple of big hits and give us a three-run seventh inning to give us the insurance we needed to win the game,” Rose said.

The offense opened the nightcap on fire.

The Eagles plated three runs in the first inning and two in the second. All came with two outs.

In both frames, Broers had two-out singles to key the rallies.

“I wasn’t real pleased with the fact that we stranded five runners in those innings that prevented us from having the big inning but on the flip side I was pleased that we got big two-out hits that extended those innings,” Rose said.

Wellsville manufactured a run in the fourth for a 6-0 lead. The Eagles scored three runs in the fifth. Erica McTaggart executed a squeeze bunt.

Ashley Sparks cut down a Viking runner at the plate in the sixth inning.

Broers went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Emily Strawn had three hits, including a double and a triple. Dougan had two hits and two RBIs, McTaggart had two hits and two RBIs.

The two wins gave Wellsville (8-0) its first outright Pioneer League championship.

“I am extremely proud of our girls and how they have worked so hard and fought adversity to do something that has never been done in the program’s history,” Rose said.

The league tourney is scheduled for today and Monday, but if weather is bad the games will be moved to Monday and Tuesday. Wellsville (9-2) plays at home against Osawatomie and Anderson County the first day. The finals are set for Iola.

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