Rockets launch past Blue Dons for OVAC Class A title
ELM GROVE — Usually when the top two seeds meet for the championship, it’s a competitive game. That, however, was not the case Saturday morning in the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Tom Bechtel Class A championship game.
No. 2 seed Conotton Valley did not waste any time in jumping on top-seeded Madonna as the Rockets scored four times in the top of the first and added a 6-spot in the fourth en route to a 11-0 victory on Ben’s Field at the J.B. Chambers I-470 Sports Complex.
The Blue Dons (5-3) took a hit — literally — early in the game that could have changed the complexion of the game. Pitcher Landry Bone took a line drive off her left knee on just the second pitch to leadoff batter Daphne Stuber, who reached first on the play.
Bone tried to shake off the shot, but was visibly in pain after each delivery during the remainder of the inning. She issued three straightwalks to force in a run before left-handed hitting Delaney Peters cleared the bases with a double that landed a few inches inside the left field line.
“It did take some out of her. I know it hurt, but it seemed like the entire team had the wind taken out of them,” veteran Madonna head coach Cris Conti said. “Landry is a great leader on this team and when she got hurt it kind of busted a bubble for the girls. I tried to get them out of it, but their girl pitched one heck-of-a game. That’s the bottom line.
“They hit the ball but we made a lot of mistakes on flyballs that should have been caught,” Conti added. “But, we’ll fix that. We’ve got a long way to go yet.I give a lot of credit to Conotton Valley but I also give a lot of credit to my girls. They never gave up through the whole game … none of them. That’s why I like coaching this team.”
Conti was spot-on about Baker. The lefty retired the first 11 Blue Dons she faced until Bone reached on an error with two outs in the fourth. An error in the fifth preceded a solid single off the bat of Maddie Cross. The base hit by Cross was the only ball to reach the outfield.
At the plate, Baker drew a bases-loaded walk in the first before crushing a homer to deep right leading off the third. The left-handed hitter completed her outstanding performance with a high drive to left that sailed over the fence for a grand slam.
“The girls really wanted this. Our bats are finally starting to come around and Masy has pitched like that all season,” Conotton Valley head coach Jeremy Bleininger said.
OVAC Class A Championship
Ben’s Field, I-470 Complex
Conotton Valley 11, Madonna 0
Conotton Valley 4-0-1 6-0 — 11 11 2
Madonna 0-0-0 0-0 — 0 1 1
CONOTTON VALLEY: Baker WP (9K, 0BB) Schaar; D. Stuber 2S, RBI; Baker HR, GSHR, 6 RBIs; Peters D, 3 RBIs; Bruan D; Harlow D; T. Stuber 2D, RBI.
MADONNA: Bone LP (2K, 5BB), Daugherty (4), (0K, 0BB) and Sole.