Western Reserve holds off Weber, Huron
Apr 2, 2011 at 1:22 AM
With a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning, bases loaded, two outs and Huron's Kate Weber at the plate, Western Reserve coach John Kuhlman faced a choice.
He could pitch to Weber, who was 3 for 3 with two doubles, or he could pitch around her.
Kuhlman had pitcher Morgan Redmond intentionally walk in a run. Western then forced a grounder back to the pitcher for the final out.
"I wasn't going to let Weber beat us," Kuhlman said. "She had killed us all game with her bat and glove, so I decided someone else was going to have to beat us. It just worked out in our favor today."
Redmond allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and four walks. She struck out five.
The 'Riders scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit. Katie Cochran knocked a two-out single for Western Reserve, driving in two runs.
All 11 Western Reserve hits were singles.
"It was a good way to start. Just a really thrilling game right down to wire," Kuhlman said.
Karissa Shepherd was in the circle for Huron to replace Hayley Corso, now playing for Baldwin-Wallace. Shepherd allowed five runs and struck out four.
Lauren Volz and Amanda Vacca each had two singles for the Tigers.
Western hosts Danbury for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Western 010 004 0 -- 5 11 10
Huron 000 201 1 -- 4 9 1
WP: Morgan Redmond (1-0); LP: Shepherd (0-1).
2B: Huron 3 (Weber 2, St. Clair)