BEAVERCREEK — The Beavercreek offense and defense came together just in time for the start of their Division I sectional tournament opener.
After a loss in their season finale to Greater Western Ohio Conference foe Fairborn and a close couple of innings in their first postseason game against Troy, the Beavercreek softball team’s bats came alive and they rolled to a 9-4 victory, Monday at Rotary Park.
Beavercreek coach Raquel Moran talked about her team coming together at the right time.
“I thought that was our best game played by far. Usually we either have good defensive games or good offensive games and we finally put it together,” she said. “I just want to keep the bats hot, because the last couple weeks of the season, our defensive finally came together and we were struggling hitting. All season my team was an offensive team, we have 15 home runs on the year, and then they just kind of slumped. So I want to keep the bats hot and keep gelling on defense.”
That offensive talent returned with a bang in the bottom of the fourth inning. Beavercreek (11-16, 2-9 GWOC) led 2-1 with the bottom half of the lineup up to bat. Carlie See hit a single to left field to start the inning and Kayla Dinsmore got on base on a Trojan fielding error. After Madison Turben struck out, pitcher Cierra Chastain hit a single to center field that brought home See.
Senior Stephanie Anderson put a punctuation mark on the inning when she blasted a double to left field, scoring Dinsmore and Chastain. Anderson was called out during the following at-bat on a controversial interference call, but the Beavers had built a comfortable 5-1 lead.
The Trojans (9-14, 6-5 GWOC) made a comeback in the next inning, scoring three runs on three hits with Brittney Sowers getting two RBIs and Alex Wilt adding another.
The home team’s fifth inning started strong when junior Megan Massie smacked a solo home run to spark her team. Beavercreek got four runs on five hits in the inning with two RBIs from Chastain and one from Turben. Chastain finished the day 3-for-3, scoring once and driving home three. See also finished 3-for-3, scoring two runs.
Moran talked about Chastain’s performance on the day.
“Shout out to the pitcher, she’s a freshman. She really was spot on today. She swung well and she’s an exciting player for us. She’s got a bright future. That was good, a good first game of the tournament for her,” she said.
Chastain and the defense finished off the game for the Beavers, allowing just one hit in the final two innings.
Beavercreek will face the winner of West Chester Lakota West and Oxford Talawanda at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the home field of the lower seed.