WEST POINT - Once again, the bats were just not working at the right time for the Beaver Local softball team as it attempted another late rally Thursday, this time against Brooke at West Point Elementary.
An RBI single in the seventh inning by Danna Talbott, along with solid pitching from freshman Bailee Rinestine, gave the Beavers hope, but the rally was too little, too late as the Bruins shut down the Beavers 4-1.
The Bruins improve to 10-9 with solid pitching from Katie Castelluci, who picked up the win as she struck out eight and walked three before she was relieved by Kaylee Kuchinski in the seventh.
"She's reliable, she's been strong," Bruins coach Mike Wagner said. "She has been getting better and better throughout the season, and then Kaylee relieved her and shut them down in the seventh."
The Bruins got on the board early as Taylor Simala hit an RBI single to allow Bretty Geary to score and continued to score throughout the game with an RBI each from Kristen D'Ulise, Cassi Camiletti and Isabella Preston, but Wagner felt the hitting was a little weak.
"We would like to hit a little better," Wagner said. "We hit the ball well last night, and we were off a little bit tonight so we'll get back to work and get to hitting better."
The Beavers (5-10), meanwhile, prevented another Bruin score in the sixth inning as Bobbie Ann Theiss tagged D'Ulise at first, then connected with catcher Erika Withrow to tag out Abbie Carpenter at home for the double play.
"I was thinking 'We need to get this'," Withrow said. "Just give me the ball, give me the ball, I got to get her."
Rinestine made the most of her full game as she struck out three with no walks, and coach Mark Cashdollar sees potential in Rinestine in the future.
"Bailee pitched a good game, gaving up four runs in four separate innings," Cashdollar said. "She's coming along. She's only a freshman, but she's getting better in every game."
Talbott led the Beavers offensively with two singles and an RBI. Aside from a single and a double from Maranda Kiddey and a Paige Prologo single, the bats were not working for the Beavers.
"Sometimes you can get them, sometimes you don't," Cashdollar said. "Sometimes it helps to get everything rolling. Everyone gets them, but sometimes you have to wait your turn."
Withrow sensed the urgency of hitting, which the Beavers look to improve on.
"We need our bats to come alive," Withrow said. "The defense is solid. We just need the hits."
Considering the team's struggles, though, Withrow remains positive and knows they have made strides throughout the game.
"Our defensive is a lot more solid and way harder to break through if we stay in the gaps," Withrow said. "We just need to come alive with the bats and take the win."
The Beavers will get that opportunity today as they travel to Oak Glen, while the Bruins have a doubleheader with Steubenville on Saturday.
Oak Glen beat Beaver Local 1-0 in the last meeting Apr. 17.
BR-Bailee Rinestine, lp (7IP, 3K, 0BB) and Erika Withrow.
BL-Katie Castelluci, wp (6IP, 8K, 3BB), Kaylee Kuchinski (1IP, 0K, 0BB) and Isabella Preston.