Wildcats Defeats Northwood In Pitcher’s Duel
Both teams were strong in the circle Friday, but Wildcats held on to their early lead and defeated Northwood 3-2. Katie Agatucci allowed just three hits to Northwood.
Wildcats got on the board in the first inning when Grace Vincent singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs. The bases were loaded for her as Claire Pedersen and Katie Agatucci both reached on error, with a Violet Kehoe single in between. Ella Pedersen’s RBI single capped East’s scoring. The Chargers played error free defense the rest of the game but the damage was done.
Agatucci earned the win for Wildcats. She surrendered two runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out six. The Charger runs got on-base with a walk followed by a Hit-By-Pitch.
Hannah Weigle took the loss for Northwood. She allowed eight hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out five and walking one. She was able to strand 6 Wildcats during the game, 3 in the 7th inning as she worked her way out of a 1-out bases loaded jam with a strikeout and an inning ending ground out fielder’s choice.
Wildcats totaled eight hits. Claire Pedersen and Violet Kehoe each racked up multiple hits for Wildcats. Kehoe and Pedersen all had two hits to lead Wildcats. Wildcats didn’t commit a single error in the field. Pedersen had the most chances in the field with nine.
Wildcat defensive gems:
A Charger rally was snuffed in the bottom of the 5th inning as M Springle knocked a single into left field at Elle Pedersen. Daring to stretch it into a double Ella threw to her sister, Claire, covering second base for the tag out.
Northwood came very close to tying the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when, with 2 outs, A Goldman was able to advance to third base on a single, a ground out and a passed ball. Charger pitcher, Weigle, hit a hard ground ball deep in the infield that Wildcat shortstop Vincent fielded cleanly and made the frozen rope throw to first for the third out
A similar situation then happened in the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs J. Christensen worked a 2 out walk. Agatucci then got ahead of Springle at the plate with an 0-2 count. The next pitch, a passed ball that Kayla Characklis couldn’t find, allowed Christensen to advance all the way to third base. With the tying run on third Agatucci threw one of her best pitches of the night as Springle struck out swinging. The battery was overjoyed (see photo).
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