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Softball: Beecher strands too many in loss

Class 2a State Softball

At EastSide Centre,
East Peoria

Friday’s semifinals

Rock Island-Alleman (31-6) 7, Monticello (30-4) 5

Teutopolis (29-3) 6, Beecher (33-8) 5

Saturday

Third place: Beecher vs. Monticello, 3 p.m.

Championship: Teutopolis vs. Rock Island-Alleman 5:30 p.m.

Updated: June 7, 2014 5:49PM



In the top of the fifth inning, Beecher was sitting pretty with a three-run lead and were seven outs away from advancing to the Class 2A state title game at EastSide Centre in East Peoria.

Then Teutopolis third baseman Allison Apke stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second, two outs and behind in the count 1-2 to Bobcats senior pitcher Sarah Crews.

“I moved up closer to the plate because they were pitching me outside,” said Apke, who was 2-for-2.

The adjustment worked. Apke launched her ninth home run of the season for the eventual winning runs, lifting the Wooden Shoes to a 6-5 win. The Shoes (28-3) advance to Saturday’s state title game against Rock Island-Alleman (31-6).

The Bobcats (33-8) will meet Monticello (30-5) in the third-place game scheduled for 3 pm. After the conclusion of the game an announcement was made that due to inclement weather the game times could get pushed up.

“We were working outside and we came back inside and it must have been her stronger point,” said Crews (23-4) of the home run pitch. “We just have to come out and play our best [on Saturday].”

It was runners left on base that proved costly for the Bobcats. They left 11 stranded after outhitting the Shoes 11-6, and while also winning the defensive error efficiency 4-2. They got the first two runners on base in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn’t produce a timely hit.

“Give credit to Teutopolis and their pitcher [Kadi Borries],” Beecher coach Kevin Hayhurst said. “They kept bending and bending but wouldn’t break — we had a whole bunch of chances.”

Isabella Woolslayer, Taylor Johnson, Crews, and Sydney Zupan each had two hits. Johnson added her 17th home run of the season to lead off the third to put her team ahead 3-1. Freshman Salem Garza collected a pinch hit, two out, two run single to cap the scoring in the third with the Bobcats up 5-1.

Borries (18-1) had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Shoes while teammate Julie Wente had a triple and two RBI.

Hayhurst didn’t take solace to the fact that he has a young team.

“We wanted to win this game real bad,” said Hayhurst, who won state titles in 2004 and 2007. “This is a great experience for the young kids, but this is disappointing especially with a 5-1 lead. We want to come back here and get a win.”



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