Last Thursday, Maxwell went head to head with the Hamilton Braves, for game one of tournament play. Freshman Paige Vierra started the first of many base hits with a hard hit single down third. Laynee Haywood’s fly to centerfield allotted for runners Madison Pearson and Morgan Dennis to cross the plate for a 2-0 Panther lead. Maxwell went on to retain their lead over Hamilton until the top of the fourth, when the Braves jumped out to 10-6 lead. A steal at home by Dennis would be the first of four runs by the Panthers, bringing the game to a tie, 10-10. In the top of the fifth, Dennis struck out the first two batters from Hamilton, and an easy third out at first gave the Panthers just enough time to place the winning run by Pearson on the board for an 11-10 victory.
Second game play for the day, Maxwell faced the Chester Volcanoes. Chester shut Maxwell out with a 5-0 final score. (No stats available).
Back on the field in wet conditions last Friday, Maxwell took to an early 9 AM game against Los Molinos. A tied score, 2-2 at the start of the second inning, abruptly ended as the Panthers’ bats connected with the balls at every opportunity for a Maxwell lead 10-2. Los Molinos loaded their bases with walks by the Panthers but ran out of time and opportunities to score. Maxwell took the win 10-6.
The Pierce Lady Bears matched up against Mercy last Thursday, notching in four runs in the sixth inning. Halle Charter and Noemi Martinez each had RBIs in the big inning. Sierra Murphy was credited with the victory for Pierce, allowing only six hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out five and walking just one. Pierce took the victory over Mercy with a 7-3 final score.
Matching-up with the undefeated Quincy Trojans for the Lady Bears final game of the day, Pierce’s defensive would be the first this season to hold Quincy scoreless in the first two innings. A single by Murphy in the bottom of the second looked to be a positive for the Lady Bears, but the Trojans were quick to find three outs. Quincy’s scattered hits in the fourth through sixth innings shut the Lady Bears out with a 10-0 final score.
Resuming tournament play on Friday, the Lady Bears watched their game against Etna slip away early, as they struggled to try and put runs on the board. Defensively containing Etna was tough for Pierce, and ultimately it cost them the game with an 11-0 loss.
On a rain delay, Maxwell and Pierce would meet up for their final games of the tournament in wet and muddy conditions.
Maxwell’s pitcher Dennis started the game on a positive with a strike-out on Pierce’s Emily Ehrke. But the Panthers infield would succumb to many errors, poor field conditions, and a plethora of stolen bases by the Lady Bears, placing the Panthers at a 14-3 score deficit at the top of the third inning.
With the Panthers unable recover, the Lady Bears went on to claim the victory with a 22-3 final score. ■