Patience at the plate and defense in the field helped Newberry defeat Jersey Shore, 10-7, in the District 12 Minor Softball championship at Mary Mileto Field in Newberry on Wednesday night.
Newberry advances to the Section 3 Tournament and will open on Monday against the District 13 champ at a District 15 site. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Jersey Shore took an early 1-0 lead after an RBI double by Arizona Shreck scored Mallory Eck.
Newberry, though, showed its patience in the first inning and scored six runs on eight walks, a hit by pitch and only one hit. Newberry finished with seven hits and 12 walks.
Olivia Fessler led Newberry in walks and runs. She finished 1 for 1 with an RBI, three runs and three walks. Fessler also didn't dissapoint on the defensive end, making multiple highlight throws and catches in the outfield.
Alexis Schuler also had a great game with the bat and the glove. She was also the team leader on the field, constantly yelling out commands and picking up her teammates at crucial points in the game. She finished 1 for 1 with an RBI, two runs and a walk. Schuler made an amazing catch in foul territory to end the third inning when Jersey Shore had two runners in scoring position. She made the catch despite colliding with catcher Hailey Debrody. Both players were fine after the collision.
Newberry starting pitcher Kirsten Smith pitched a complete game and earned the win. She allowed seven runs on eight hits. The last out of the game came from her eighth strikeout. Even though her stats don't reflect it, Smith was constantly pitching out of jams and tough spots. Time after time she got big strikeouts in crucial spots.
Jersey Shore looked great at points in the game but they couldn't sustain it. Reliever Madeline Herman pitched great in spots and finished with five strikeouts. The Jersey Shore offense was led by Eck and Shreck. Eck finished 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a run and Shreck went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run. Catcher Sadie Griswold went 2 for 4 and threw out two runners.
Even though Jersey Shore lost, it never put its heads down or seemed discouraged by the outcome. After the medals were given out, players from each team got together and took pictures with each other in a sign of sportsmanship.
Newberry 10 Jersey Shore 7
Jersey Shore100 312-7 11 1
Newberry602 02-10 7 1
Brielle Hess, Madeline Herman (1st) and Sadie Griswold. Kirsten Smith and Hailey Debrody. W-Smith. L-Hess.
Top Jersey Shore hitters: Mallory Eck 3-3, 3 RBIs, run. Arizona Shreck 3-4, RBI, run. Madeline Herman 1-2, RBI, 2 runs. Top Newberry hitters: Olivia Fessler 1-1, RBI, 3 runs. Alexis Schuler 1-1, RBI, 2 runs. Rachael Stahl 1-1, RBI, run.
Next game: Newberry vs. winner of District 13, July 15 at 5:30 p.m. at a District 15 site