BEAVERCREEK — In any competitive sport, the coach can never quite be certain of the kind of team he’ll have the following year. You could have everybody back. Or you could expect everybody back, and not have that happen.
And so when the Scheduling Gods got together several months ago, a doubleheader between a solid Beavercreek Beavers softball team and defending Greater Catholic League North champ Dayton Carroll sounded like a good competitive pair of ball games.
“We’ve been struggling this season,” said Carroll coach Mike Davis. “We lost six or seven senior starters to graduation, other kids decided not to come back this season. Then today, we have one regular starter who is hurt, another is on a Senior trip and another is playing in a soccer tournament. So we had an entirely inexperienced outfield out there for both games today. I’m proud of how hard these girls continue to play, but we’ve had a lot of games this season that have ended like today.”
Beavercreek swept Saturday’s Rotary Park doubleheader with run-ruled victories in each. Aided by a pair of Patriot errors, the Beavers exploded for eight runs on six hits in the fourth inning of Game One for a 16-1 win. All but one Beavers batter got a hit in that contest, and even that batter drove in a run.
Hannah Malone, Claire Christie, Colleen Hines, Carli See, Kayla Dinsmore, Emma Mann, Sydney Harville and Cierra Chastain were a combined 17-for-17 at the plate, with Dinsmore and Chastain both going 3-for-3.
Hines entered the game as the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s leader in doubles. She went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two runs batted in, scored three times and stole a base. She hit her 12th double of the season in Game Two.
While there were two Patriots errors in the first game, the dam burst with Carroll errors in the second. There were six in the Beavers’ 11-run first inning alone as Beavercreek won, 20-0.
Malone whapped a grand slam in the third. Alyssa Margioras then homered to drive in three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. In both games combined, Beavercreek out-hit Carroll, 34-6.
In the first game, Carroll’s leading hitter, Taylor Waggoner, led off the game with a hit and advanced to third on Valerie Gigous’ two-out single, but couldn’t score. Stephanie Ryan led off the second with a single, and had reached third on two successive infield groundouts, but she too was left perched on third when the inning ended. It wasn’t until Shelby Joseph laced a fourth inning single into left field to score Gigous with Carroll’s lone run of the day.
In the second game, Beavercreek’s freshman pitcher Chastain had a no-hitter going, until Carroll’s Hannah Barnes singled to center in the fifth. Fellow freshman Sydney Harville scattered five Pats hits in her first-game win.
“Teams change from year to year. You don’t always know who you’re going to face from year to year,” explained Beavercreek’s coach Raquel Moran. “They had seven seniors and they won their league last year, so you never know. It’s difficult for both teams, because we see different levels of pitching from game to game. I also think it’s good for both teams, because they learn to adjust to their circumstances and still have fun playing the game.
“You’ve got to play good competition in order to get better.”
Beavercreek (9-10) returns to GWOC action today for a 5 p.m. game on the road against Clayton Northmont.
Carroll (3-11) is back in Greater Catholic League play Wednesday when they’ll head to Cincinnati to play a 5 p.m. contest with Purcell Marian.