Beavers feel right at home
CALCUTTA — The Beaver Local softball team came together as a team for one last time on its home field this season to take down Zanesville 7-4 in a Division II sectional semifinal Saturday.
“We came together as a team today,” Beaver Local senior Mikayla Shulas said. “We haven’t had that great of a season and to get a home tournament win was a great feeling.”
Beaver Local is now 4-15 and advances to face top-seeded River View on Tuesday. Zanesville ends its season at 0-21.
Shulas led the Beaver bats with two doubles, a single and three RBIs.
“Mikayla has been as steady as anyone this season RBI wise,” Beaver Local coach Mark Cashdollar said. “She has a knack for getting big hits for us all year.”
Shulas provided a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning, opening up the Beavers lead to 5-2, and a one-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Beavers an extra insurance run at 7-4.
“I was surprised that we got to host this tournament game, but its amazing knowing that this is our first year on the fields here,” Shulas said.
The Beaver Local baseball and softball teams started playing on the Community Fields on the high school campus this season.
“It was a good day attitude-wise,” Cashdollar said. “After a tough stretch the past week its great to get a win. It’s great for the community to see a tournament win in our first season here.”
The Beavers started the scoring early when Tori Bowersock scored on a passed ball.
Zanesville tied the game at one after a dropped ball in center field allowed a run to score in the top of the third.
“We were in the ball game,” Zanesville coach Doug Smith said. “This is the first time in a while that these two teams have played and it was a good game.”
“Getting to the seventh inning was a rarity for both teams this season.”
Zanesville took its only lead of the game in the top of the third inning when Mayson Hutzel scored on a past ball.
The Beavers wouldn’t be down for long as Corin Turkovich hit a one-run single and Cierrah Thurik scoring on a fielder’s choice.
Shulas’ double extended the Beavers lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The two teams traded a run a piece in the following two innings.
Zaneville Adrienne Stewart had a one-run single in the top of fifth and Alena Mayle had a one run single in the top of the sixth.
Beaver Local’s Turkovich scored on a past ball in the bottom of the fifth and Shulas’s single capped off the score at 7-4 for the Beaver victory.
¯ This was Beaver Local softball’s first tournament win since May 1, 2006, in a 6-0 sectional semifinal victory over East Liverpool at Carrollton.
¯ Beaver Local freshman pitcher Cierrah Thurik had four strikeouts and two walks on the mound in victory.
“She was changing speed more today,” Cashdollar said. “She has been getting better all year and I am proud of her.”
¯ Beaver Local faces a tough task Tuesday at top-seeded River View, which is 23-3 on the season
“I’m glad we got this win and now we’ll see what happens,” Cashdollar said. “You never lost a game before we played it, so we just got to keep going.”
“We got to hit the ball and be confident going in there,” Shulas said.
¯ Zanesville had an early morning getting to Calcutta, which is approximately a 2 hour, 11-minute drive, but was prepared with a familiar phrase they’ve heard all season.
“We talked about the acronym I.C.E. all year” Smith said. “Intensity Composure Enthusiasm. Especially the enthusiasm because its a long game if you don’t but they got some rest on the bus on the way up.”
BL–Cierrah Thurik, wp (7IP, 4K, 2BB) and Tori Bowersock.
Z–Adrienne Stewart, lp (6IP, 1K, 3BB) and Alena Mayle.