The Mineola Lady Jackets pounded out 17 hits, and ace pitcher Anna Westberry threw a two-hitter for a 16-0 shutout of the Scurry-Rosser Lady Cats in bidistrict playoff action on Thursday, April 25.
Westberry hit her spots all night long. The Lady Cats could advance no farther than second base, as Westberry shut them down time and again. Scurry-Rosser simply could not catch up to Westberry’s velocity.
Scurry-Rosser’s Grace Ewing laid down a nice bunt that she beat out for a base hit to start the game. A sacrifice bunt pushed her to second. Westberry got the second and third outs of the first on swinging strike outs.
Mineola put three runs up in the first. Emily Wiley reached on an infield hit on a ball that careened off of pitcher Ewing’s glove. Lauren Simmons crushed a ball to right field for a single. With two on, Izzy Tresca produced the first RBI with a deep fly ball. Westberry smashed a ball off the wall in left center, bringing in another run. A Breanna Wilmoth base hit to left drove in the third run and chased Ewing from the mound. Emily Story came in to throw for the Lady Cats, and she got out of the inning.
Westberry struck out the side in the second. She recorded eight strike outs and faced only 18 hitters through five innings.
The Mineola offensive onslaught continued. Six base hits, including a Kaitlyn Burrell double, fueled a four-run second inning. Aggressive base running and infield hits by Sofia Lopez and Westberry highlighted the inning.
With two outs in the bottom half, Ewing beat out an infield hit, bringing Story to the plate. She took a Westberry fastball to the head, striking her just behind the left ear. Fortunately she appeared to recover but did not continue in the game. Ewing, the Scurry-Rosser starter, pitched the rest of the way for the Lady Cats.
Although Wiley produced an infield hit in the third, she was stranded. The Lady Cats went down in order in the top of the fourth.
Mineola broke the game open in the fourth. Fourteen Lady Jackets went to the plate. Five base hits, four Scurry-Rosser errors, and two walks resulted in nine additional runs. The Lady Cats were frazzled and even the simplest of fielding plays eluded them.
Westberry dispatched the Lady Cats with two strike outs and an unassisted play by first baseman Simmons to end the game.
The Lady Jackets face S&S Consolidated at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Princeton in the area playoff.