Catholic central high school Pitcher Emily York was in command of McGraw Park from the start, overwhelming Watseka clubs of all shapes and sizes.
BLOOMINGTON – Catholic central high school Pitcher Emily York was in command of McGraw Park from the start, overwhelming Watseka clubs of all shapes and sizes.
The Saints Hitters required a small nudge but eventually did enough damage to end a 10-0 win in six innings in a Class 2A regional semi-final.
York recorded strikeouts at 14 of 15 outs over five innings when Central Catholic advanced to the regional championship game against Bismarck-Henning at McGraw Park on Friday at 4:30 pm.
“She did what Emily does. We’ve ridden them all year and will continue to do so, ”said Saints coach Jeff Schade, who won his 100th game when his team improved to 21-9. “She has them all (parking spaces) and now has confidence in all of them. I’m glad she’s wearing a Saints uniform. “
York (13-7) allowed two baserunners: a hit batter in the first inning and a Natalie Petersen infield single in the third.
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“I felt like I was in control, but my speed was a little off,” said York. “Hopefully I’ll bring the heat tomorrow (Friday). I have to get better with it and throw harder. “
York breathed devilish changes into the first two Watseka hitters in the fourth.
“We mixed it up in a few to shed batter and hold them off your toes and get them on your heels,” York said.
Grace Hartrich hit a perfect sixth inning and hit one.
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The Saints’ first hit against Warriors hurler Caitlin Corzine came in the third on Courtney Olson’s colorful single. Olson finished second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored a goal when Kylie Gibbs slipped to third.
“Sometimes you catch a girl who is more out of speed,” said Schade. “I need a little time. The girls trusted what we worked on all year and made it. “
Corzine was on the verge of escaping the fourth without a Saints run, but made a throwing error with an Izzy Campbell comebacker that enabled Diane Tomczak to score
Central Catholic took full advantage of the mistake. Gabi Hurie isolated, Olson left, and Gibbs left with bases loaded to force Campbell.
Adie Wait followed with a two-run double, York contributed a two-run single and the seventh undeserved run of the inning crossed the plate with a drop-up.
“We started to bring the ball into play a little differently and let them play,” said Schade.
York sang twice after showing up her first two at-bats.
“Your pitcher wasn’t what we’ve seen so often,” said York. “We had to make an adjustment to the plate. I finally hit the ball with my third at-ball. “
The Saints finished the game with the 10-run rule in the sixth. Tomczak’s double to the left drove Emily Stolfa and York home.
Watseka bowed at 8-10.
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