ACCORD--No offensive punch and strong pitching by Rondout Valley's Tori Decker were the story-lines in Liberty's 8-1 loss to Rondout Valley Tuesday in the Section 9 Class B softball quarterfinal at Accord.
Liberty coach Matt Stoddard detailed
the outcome of the game stating "usually we are a pretty good hitting
team but the bats did not come alive today."
The Ganders didn't waste any time
getting on the scoreboard as they pounced on Liberty pitcher Katy Decker
in the bottom of the first inning as Mackenzie Fischer was safe at
first on a fielding error by Liberty shortstop Jen Lopez, Gigi Koch hit
a double to deep center field putting runners on second and third and
the captain of the team Makaylah Mutz blasted a three-run homer deep
over the right center field fence.
The home-run was really all the
offense Rondout Valley needed although they added one run in the second
inning, another run in the fifth and three additional runs in the
Liberty's solo run came in the top of
the seventh when Camryn England singled to left field, Jen Lopez was
safe on a ground ball error putting runners on first and second. Olivia
Racette hit a single to center field scoring England.
Sixth seed in this tournament Liberty
finishes the season with an overall record of 5-8 and 4-3 in league
play. Third seed Rondout ups their record to 13-4 overall and 10-3 in
league play and was scheduled to play yesterday.
Winning pitcher Tori Decker recorded eight strikeouts while Liberty's pitcher Katy Decker had two strikeouts.
Mackenzie Fischer led the Ganders offense with three hits.
Madison Johnstone and Olivia Racette had two hits each for Liberty.
Liberty coach Matt Stoddard had high
praise for Rondout pitcher Tori Decker saying, "we have to give their
pitcher credit and she mixed her pitches well showing a good fast ball
and a good drop ball."
Rondout coach Rob Fischer also
complemented his pitcher saying "she's been strong for us all year and
did an outstanding job today."
"That first inning home run really got us off to a fast start," Fischer added.
Tori Decker when asked what her strong
pitch was in this game said, "my drop pitch worked very well for me
today and I relied on it throughout the game."
Kelsey Morgans fouls off a pitch in the Indians 8-1 loss to Rondout
Valley in Tuesday's Section 9 Class B softball quarterfinal at Accord.
pitching by Rondout Valley's Tori Decker silenced Liberty's bats in the
Ganders 8-1 Section 9 Class B softball quarterfinal win Tuesday at
Liberty varsity softball coach Matt
Stoddard, right, offers congratulations to Rondout Valley coach Rob
Fischer following the Ganders 8-1 Section 9 Class B softball
quarterfinal win Tuesday at Accord.
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