WHEELING — Madonna softball coach Cris Conti had by no means seen such a stable apply in his 28 years of teaching as he did on Friday.
That focus carried over to Saturday, because the Blue Dons jumped on Wheeling Central early and sometimes within the type of a 15-1 triumph within the Class A Area 1 Part 1 event at Ben’s Subject on the I-470 Complicated.
The win sends Madonna straight to the sectional title recreation on Tuesday, the place the Dons will await the winner of Monday’s elimination recreation between Wheeling Central and Magnolia.
“This staff is so enjoyable to teach,” Conti mentioned. “We practiced (Friday), and I informed them it was most likely the very best apply I’ve seen any certainly one of my groups have in 28 years. They practiced so arduous, and so they had been centered and so they carried it over to (Saturday).
“It’s nice. I’m smiling. I’ve by no means been on this state of affairs earlier than getting to sit down again and wait and see who we are going to play. We’re going to apply just a little bit and hold the women centered. That’s the principle factor proper now. Hopefully they carry this over to subsequent week.”
Landry Bone was sturdy within the circle for the Dons, pitching a whole recreation with 9 strikeouts, one stroll, 4 hits allowed and one unearned run surrendered.
“Landry pitched an awesome recreation,” Conti mentioned. “No walks, and he or she is simply getting higher each recreation. And, the protection performed effectively behind her.”
On Wheeling Central’s aspect of issues, freshman Shayna Beegle, who has stepped up in a giant function this season because the staff’s ace, walked six and struck out one however was a key cause why the Maroon Knights entered the day on a five-game successful streak.
“She’s been doing effectively for a freshman,” Central coach Buck Davidson mentioned. “She remains to be studying quite a bit and studying tips on how to place her pitches. She is just a little arduous on herself, however as soon as she learns to maintain her head up and begins recognizing her pitches just a little bit higher, she’s going to be actually good.”
Within the first inning, Madonna took benefit of three Central walks and three errors. Casey Yacos delivered the large blow with a two-run single, because the Dons jumped on prime, 6-0.
One other Central error helped plate a run within the second, and 5 miscues within the third helped Madonna tack on six extra for a 13-0 upperhand.
Maddy Daugherty (RBI double), Mia Pietranton (RBI single) and Carmela Pulice (RBI triple) additionally contributed to the six-run third.
An error and a Bone RBI knock capped the scoring for Madonna within the fourth.
“Hitting is contagious,” Conti mentioned. “They hit the ball effectively, they performed protection effectively and while you play a staff like Wheeling Central, who is nice and at all times has been, that’s precisely what you want.”
Central’s lone run got here within the fourth when standout shortstop Jairika Baylor legged out an infield single for her second hit of the sport. An error let her advance to second and velocity to 3rd. She scored when Madonna’s catcher tried to throw out a base stealer at second.
Regardless of the setback, the Maroon Knights will look to maintain their season alive on Monday with a rematch towards Magnolia. Central defeated Magnolia, 7-1, within the first spherical of the sectional on Thursday.
“It’s both come able to play otherwise you’re finished,” Davidson mentioned. “Magnolia just isn’t going to offer us the sport, so we now have to indicate up. The staff that confirmed up towards Magnolia the primary time, that’s the one we’d like Monday.”
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