Wildcats fall in first visit to the second round
The Wildcats played a close tight game before Heritage pulled away in the 6th inning in a 2nd round game of the 4A East playoffs.
Heritage took the lead on a home run in the first inning as Lady Husky shortstop, Ashley Gontram, drove in two when she homered to right center.
The Wildcats answered immediately in the 2nd inning when the centerfielder, Violet Kehoe, knocked a solo shot over the fence in left center.
Heritage put the game away when they scored three runs in the sixth inning. That inning was driven by an RBI infield single by Imani Rochelle followed by a 2 RBI double from Kennedy Priest.
Raygan Rensing earned the win for Heritage. She pitched four innings, giving up one run, three hits, striking out one, and walking one. Katie Agatucci took the loss for Wildcats. She threw six innings, allowing six runs, seven hits, and walking one.
Kehoe led Wildcats with two hits in three at bats. Claire Pedersen’s 3 plate appearances saw her get aboard each time, once with a single, twice drawing walks. Each time she was left stranded, twice at third base. She was also able to advance on her own with 3 stolen bases on the day. Senior Jenny Suwanmanee accounted for the other hit by the Wildcats. She also reached on error in the 5th inning.
The Wildcats was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Grace Vincent had the most chances in the field with seven, three unassisted putouts at first. East’s defensive play of the game came in the bottom of the 4th when DP A. Ferguson popped up to shallow centerfield. Kehoe was able to make the snare with a sliding catch and then threw back to Vincent at first to double up I. Rochelle.
Heritage had seven hits in the game. Rensing, Gontram, and Rochelle each collected multiple hits for Heritage.
East finishes its best season in school history with a record of 17-4, 11-1 in conference.
That earned them a second consecutive conference championship (this year tied with Northern). It was also the first time in school history that the Wildcats advanced to the second round. They were the 13th seed in the East.
With only Suwanmanee graduating the Wildcats are expecting eight starters to return in 2018 when East Chapel Hill drops to 3A and joins the new Big 8 conference with Chapel Hill, Orange, Cedar Ridge, Northwood, Northern, Southern and HIllside.
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