Softball team turns tables in eliminating Bulldogs
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What turned out to be the final home game of the season for Carlinville softball at Loveless Park was Thursday afternoon, the first of two games played between the Cavaliers and the Staunton Bulldogs.
Staunton scored early and handed the Cavaliers a 7-1 setback. Carlinville slipped to 6-12, 1-7 in the conference, while Staunton moved to 10-13, 4-4 in league play.
Staunton scored three times in the first inning. Marcy McCalla reached on a triple to start the game, scoring on an error. Natalie Gusewelle reached on the error, coming around to score on a Grace Nichols double. Nichols scored on an Ashleigh Painter single to make it 3-0, as Staunton batted around in the first.
McCalla led off the second by singling, scoring on a pass ball to make it a 4-0 game.
In the third, McCalla’s RBI-double plated Rebecca Caldieraro to make it a 5-0 Staunton lead.
To the top of the seventh, still a 5-0 game when Staunton added two runs, as Caldieraro provided a two-run double to make it a 7-0 game.
Carlinville got four of its eight hits in the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, crossing the plate for the first time in three games.
Jordyn Houseman led off with a single and stole second. Emma Griffith followed with an RBI-single to make it a 7-1 game.
Alyssa DeSpain had two hits, as did Houseman and Kayla Seal. Griffith had the RBI with Houseman scoring the run.
DeSpain struck out six in the game for the Cavies, while allowing five earned runs on 10 hits.
Nichols got the win, striking out two and walking two.
McCalla finished with three hits, including a double and triple, and an RBI with two runs. Caldieraro had two RBIs. Painter and Savannah Welch also had two hits for Staunton.
Regional – Cavies 3, Staunton 1
The Cavaliers opened the Gillespie Regional on Monday by traveling to Staunton for a rematch with the Bulldogs.
Timely two-out hitting and a strong game from DeSpain, the Cavaliers (7-12) had earned a 3-1 road win to extend their season.
Staunton finishes 10-15. The Cavies played Tuesday at top-seeded Gillespie.
The Bulldogs had some early scoring chances. They had two on in the first, but DeSpain struck out the side. Another runner reached second in the second, but was stranded.
The Cavies put two on in the third inning but couldn’t get a run across.
The bottom of the fourth had Staunton denting the scoreboard first.
Savannah Welch reached on an infield single and went to second on a throwing error. Two batters later, Caldieraro singled to right field, scoring Welch to make it 1-0 Staunton.
It was a two-out fifth inning rally that gave the Cavaliers the jump start they so badly needed.
With two outs and no one on base, DeSpain singled to the left-center field fence.
Sydney Bates followed with a ground-single to left field.
Sydney Cania came up and laced a shot to right field which got down and went past the right fielder. DeSpain and Bates scored on the two-run double to give CHS a 2-1 lead.
Lexi Bates followed with an RBI-double to plate Cania, making it a 3-1 game.
Staunton got only two baserunners to first base the final three innings of play, with Hannah Wilton making a running catch in right field to end the game.
DeSpain struck out eight while allowing just four hits and an unearned run.
Cania finished two for four with a double, two RBIs and a run; DeSpain was one for three with a run; S.Bates one for three with a run; L.Bates one for four with a RBI; Houseman was one for three.
Nichols struck out four and allowed six runs and three runs for Staunton.
McCalla had two of the four hits for Staunton in the game.