Playing games on back-to-back days near the end of the regular season can help playoff-bound teams get acclimated to playing back-to-back during a best-of-three series in postseason.
Senior second baseman Lauren Schuette launches a pass toward home plate and catcher Madison Jalufka for an out on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Green-Dickson Park during the Lady Comanche's bi-district win over Thrall.
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photo by Stephanie Steinhauser
Shiner played a warm-up game at Hallettsville on April 25 then turned around and opened the playoffs the next day (April 26) with a 14-0 win at home against Thrall.
Shiner head coach Steven Cerny was not concerned about playing on consecutive days because of roster depth and getting experience in how to handle a series.
“We have the depth in the circle,” he said. “ We have four girls that can throw five innings or longer. We needed to play somebody that would put the ball into play and make our defense work. And if you are in a series, you will have games on back-to-back days so this is a good time to work on that,”
Shiner collected seven hits, with three extra-base hits, and took advantage of errors and walks.
Pitcher Bethany Nevlud got the win with a single-hit shutout, two walks and eight strikeouts with a no- error performance from her defensive teammates.
“We did a great job of swinging the bat and Bethany did a great job in the circle,” Cerny said. “Thrall swung the bat well but we played great defense. I was proud of the overall effort tonight.”
Thrall’s leadoff batter was walked in the top of the first but it was three straight outs after that.
For Shiner, Mackinly Pilat got a one-out walk, stole second and scored on the double by Nevlud.
Kailey Williams was walked and then reached second on a steal attempt as Thrall committed an error, also allowing Nevlud to score. A second error as Williams went for third allowed her to score to give Shiner a 3-0 lead.
Madison Jalufka got a two-out double later on.
In the third inning, Taylor Wenske got a leadoff walk and stole second; Claire Patek was hit by the pitch; later, Wenske went home on a sacrifice groundout by Kassidy Bishop and Patek scored on a passed ball. Pilat and Nevlud were both walked; Williams singled; Pilat later scored on the error; Nevlud went home on the Lauren Schuette single and then Williams and Schuette both scored on another error.
In the third inning, Bishop was walked followed by a bunt single by Pilat. Nelvud was walked to load the bases and the walk by Williams scored Bishop; Pilat scored on the Schuette sacrifice fly. Jalufka was walked, Lauren Haas singled in Nevlud and Wenske’s double brought runner Cameron Cowan and Haas home for the 14-0 lead.
Shiner got nothing across in the fourth inning and Thrall managed a leadoff double in the top of the fifth with the runner getting all the way to third before being stranded.
Batting statistics for Shiner were Pilat going 1-for-1 with three runs; Nevlud hitting 1-for-1, three runs, double and RBI; Williams went 1-for-2, two runs and RBI; Schuette hit 1-for-2, run and two RBI; Jalufka was 1-for-1, double; Haas went 1-for-3, run and RBI; Wenske batted 1-for-2, run, double and two RBI; Cowan, Patek and Bishop scored one run each.
GAME STATISTICS 2A Softball Bi-District Playoff (1 Game) Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Lady Comanches Softball Field, Green-Dickson Park, Shiner Shiner 14, Thrall 0 123 456 7 R H E T 000 00 -- 0 1 4 S 365 0x -- 14 7 0 T — A. Porter, A. Aleman (3), A. Solis (3) and B. Valadez. S — Bethany Nevlud and Madison Jalufka. W — Nevlud. L — Porter. 2B — T: B. Williams. S: Nevlud, Jalufka, Taylor Wenske.