USA Central rolls USA East in Senior League play

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Special to the Coastal Point • Caroline Donovan  : Dezaray Watts slides in to score while USA?East’s catcher waits for the ball.Special to the Coastal Point • Caroline Donovan : Dezaray Watts slides in to score while USA?East’s catcher waits for the ball.The 10-run rule was enacted during the Senior League Softball World Series matchup on Tuesday between USA East (Edinboro/Coachrantan/Saege, Pa.) and USA Central (South Bend, Ind.), as multiple Central scoring runs lit up the score board in an 11-1 victory.

The Central bats started to heat up in the bottom of the second inning, after Nichole Kirkpatrick loaded the bases with an infield base hit. Alyssa Gutierrez added another infield base hit, to make it 2-0 Central, still in the bottom of the second. A bunt from Mackenzie Shields made it 3-0 on the next at-bat.

A line drive between third and short from Taylor Meehan scored two more Central runners, to make it 5-0 before USA East could get out of the inning.

Despite the tough inning, East manager Doug Hecker tried to keep his team from folding.

“Don’t quit. Do not quit,” he told his team as they approached the dugout.

The East girls tried to rally back in the top of the fourth, getting on the scoreboard with an RBI-double from their pitcher, Emma Osborne. However, Central would begin to put the game out of reach with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth inning, thanks to an RBI-double from Dezaray Watts and an RBI-single from Megan Bonk.

The game would eventually end in an 11-1 win for Central, which notched 16 hits and committed no errors in the matchup. Kirkpatrick finished the game with six strikeouts.