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The KG Her-icanes girls softball team traveled to Marshall, Va., on July 28 to play in a one-day tournament. KG played opponents from Orange County and Northern Virginia.
In game 1, KG battled the Orange Hornets. The Her-icanes scored two runs in the first inning, as the Orange pitcher issued several walks and hit a batter, and the Orange defense committed a fielding error allowing Juliet Truslow and Anna Schram to score. The two runs were all that KG would need, as the Her-icanes played excellent defense behind pitcher Truslow, who threw a one hitter, while striking out nine batters in four innings. KG would add two more runs in the fourth inning, when the Orange pitcher hit a batter, followed by an Erin Baker single to right and a Kaylee Wright fielder’s choice to score a run. Orange could not mount a rally, as KG struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth for the win.
KG faced a team from Northern Virginia in game two. Once again, the Her-icanes scored two runs in the first inning on a hit into right field by Truslow, several walks, and a sacrifice by Megan Montague. KG would hold the lead until the top of the third, when the opponent would score two runs on several hits and a sacrifice fly off KG pitcher Erin Baker. KG’s Emily Davis would single into center field in the bottom of the third, but KG could not bring her home. Northern Va. would score three more runs in the top of the fourth inning on three hits and three walks.
The big blow was a bases-loaded double over KG left fielder Emma Morrow’s head. The Her-icanes would collect back-to-back singles by Destiny Johnson and Montague in the bottom of the fourth, but the KG offense could not capitalize. Each of the three teams, would end with a 1-win, 1-loss record in pool play, and KG was ultimately seeded No. 1 for the playoff round based on tie breakers.
Orange County defeated Northern Va. in round 1 of the playoffs, earning the right to play the Her-icanes in the championship. Much of the championship game was played in the rain.
In the first inning, KG pitcher Juliet Truslow hit the first batter she faced, and the runner was ultimately sacrificed around the base path, until she scored on a fielder’s choice, giving Orange a 1-0 lead. KG stranded three base runners in the first two innings, and still trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning. KG would not panic, as they leaned on their experiences of playing many travel games over the last several years. Pitcher Juliet Truslow and the KG defense became stingy, as they allowed only two more Hornets to reach base after the hit batter. In the bottom of the third inning, the Her-icane bats awoke. Emily Davis walked and stole second base. Juliet Truslow hit a line drive down the left field line to score Davis making the score 1-1. Anna Schram walked, and Destiny Johnson delivered a mammoth blow in the form of a triple over the right fielder’s head, which scored two runners. Montague followed with a run-scoring double into left field, and Kate Schwinn plated a runner on a fielders choice to second base. KG scored five times in the inning to take a commanding lead. KG would shut down the Orange batters over the next two innings, sealing the victory and the first place finish.
The Her-icanes were paced by outstanding defense on the day, as Caitlin Crossman looked like a gold glover, delivering six put outs at third base; Montague provided a diving grab at first base; Taylor Hughes and Destiny Johnson provided several outstanding catches in the outfield; and catcher Kaylee Wright did a remarkable job behind the plate, not allowing any pitches to get to the backstop.
Juliet Truslow was phenomenal on the mound, as she provided exceptional pitching on the day (9 ip, 16 strikeouts, 3 hits, 1 walk). She consistently threw a mixture of pitches for strikes to get batters out. Erin Baker struck out six batters, while allowing five hits and five walks in the four innings she pitched. Johnson, Truslow,
Montague, and Baker each contributed two hits for KG. The first place finish was truly a total team effort by KG. The Her-icanes will next play in the Richmond “Summer Breeze” tournament Aug. 3-4.