Southeast shuts down Asia-Pacific, 13-0

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Southeast’s Cheyenne Krolczyk (8) attempts a force-out on Asia- Pacific’s Hyacinth Abanilla (1). Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Southeast’s Cheyenne Krolczyk (8) attempts a force-out on Asia- Pacific’s Hyacinth Abanilla (1). USA Southeast (Ft. Myers, Fla.) used a relentless offense and solid pitching to beat Asia-Pacific (Manila, Philippines) by a 13-0 score in Senior League Softball World Series action on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Leadoff hitter Denia Bent stroked a single to centerfield before being lifted for special pinch-runner Amanda Higgins. A groundout and wild pitch moved Higgins over to third, and she eventually made her way home on a groundout by Erin Kyle, to give Southeast a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Asia-Pacific pitcher Lovely Joy Redaja bore down after that, striking out two in a perfect second inning to keep the game tight.

Bent pitched two scoreless innings of her own for Southeast before being removed from the game in the top of the third after she reached first on a two-out error. McKenzie Corbitt followed that with a single, and Kyle singled in pinch-runner Deanne Goodlunis, to extend the lead to 2-0. A wild pitch scored Corbitt before the third ended, and Southeast had a 3-0 lead.

Goodlunis came in to take the mound in the bottom of the third and promptly put the Asia-Pacific batters down in order to finish the third. A tight game, however, became less so in the top of the fourth.

Rebecca Sullivan led things off for Southeast with a single, and following some fielding mistakes, Anne Gerwitz plated two more runs with a single to right, lifting the lead to 5-0. Goodlunis aided her pitching efforts with a run-scoring single, and another fielding miscue pushed the Southeast lead to 7-0 before the fourth was over.

Cheyenne Krolczyk drove in Melinda Thirion with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning, as Southeast kept notching runs, while the Asia-Pacific bats stayed silent. Then it all broke loose for Southeast in the top of the sixth.

Kaylee Morfis reached after a dropped third strike to start the inning and came around to score on a groundout by Kyle a few batters later. With two runners on base, Thirion belted a three-run home run to push the lead to 12-0, and Gerwitz drove home another run with a sacrifice fly.

Facing a stoppage to the game for the mercy rule, Asia-Pacific managed to get back-to-back hits from Ella Lyn Martinez and Redaja, but Goodlunis was able to escape any damage and Southeast won the game after six innings.