CHILLICOTHE- The Wheelersburg Lady Pirates pulled off another playoff shutout Thursday evening, as they defeated the Piketon Redstreaks by a score of 10-0.
Wheelersburg has outscored its opponents 24-0 thus far in the postseason.
Faith Howard gave up a single hit, no walks, and posted six strike outs in the victory.
“I thought she looked really sharp tonight,” admired Pirates Head Coach Teresa Ruby. “That’s one of the best performances she has given all season. She showed good velocity, she had good rhythm, and she just pitched a great overall game.”
Offensively, the Pirates were carried by the top of the order. Kalle Coleman had two hits, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base. Reagan Reyes had two huge plays that moved baserunners into scoring position, one sacrifice bunt and one sacrifice fly, to go along with an RBI single and a stolen base.
Once again, the star of the show was shortstop Michal Cunningham. She had three RBI, one coming from a triple and two coming off a home run in the third inning.
“It’s good to have someone like Reyes in the lineup,” said Ruby. “She’s willing to sacrifice her at bats for the good of the team. She’s done that for four years and it’s what you expect out of them as leaders. If we are going to keep going it’s going to be from their unselfish play.”
Wheelersburg will now face the Valley Indians in the district championship game. That game will be held Saturday at Unioto High school at 1:00 p.m.
Wheelersburg defeated Valley twice in their season series. The Pirates look to make it a third time and advance deeper into the tournament.
“We started off a bit slow tonight,” said Ruby. “I thought some of our early at bats weren’t high quality. But, we started to get in a rhythm. So hopefully, coming into Saturday we can keep that going. I’m excited to play Saturday, I’m always excited for a chance to play for a championship. That is on our list of goals and I want to get it accomplished.”
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