All good things must come to an end, the ancient proverb goes.
The Montcalm softball team saw its seven-game win streak, its quest for a regional victory, and its season end on a sunny Thursday evening by a 25-0 score in five innings at the hands of the Fayetteville Lady Pirates.
Fayetteville sophomore Kaitlyn Sisler threw a one-hitter and struck out 11 Lady Generals in a dominant performance in the Class A, Region 3 semifinal at Tina Casey Field. Fifty-one of her 81 pitches were in the strike zone.
“She did an excellent job,” said Montcalm head coach Cindy Havens. “That’s actually the fastest pitcher we’ve faced other than Man ... .”
“We knew it would be a battle at bat, mostly because of the experience of our kids, and her speed. It was a lack of confidence, offensively, on our part, mostly because we’ve got such a young team.”
Montcalm’s Hannah Johnson, also a sophomore, got the only hit off Sisler, a grounder up the middle in the first inning.
Molly Jenkins drew two walks, senior Miranda Kendrick earned a base on balls, and Hayley Parnell was hit by a pitch to account for the other base runners for Montcalm (10-19).
The Lady Pirates (14-15) led 3-0 after the first inning, and added eight runs in the next stanza and 10 more in the third frame, virtually putting the game away. The visitors wound up with 21 hits.
Sisler was 4 for 4 at bat, knocking two triples in the second inning. Chelby Dorsey was 4 for 5 for Fayetteville and drove in five runs.
Havens said, “Fayetteville put the ball into play.”
Johnson started in the pitcher’s circle for Montcalm and took the loss. Alexis Hatfield and Jenkins also were called upon to pitch for the Lady Generals.
Montcalm advanced to the regionals by taking sectional wins by scores of 16-15, 18-16 and 7-6. Havens said her team “played extremely well in the sectionals. This was not the same team today.”
But she said, “I really do look forward to next year. The nucleus of my team is sophomores. Both my pitchers are sophomores and they have committed to work hard to get ready for next year.”
She said about her Lady Generals, “They have good attitudes. They’re pleasant to be around, and they’re good girls.”
Fayetteville advances to the Region 3 final round next week.
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At Tina Casey Field
Fayetteville...................38(10) 31 — 25 21 0
Montcalm......................000 00 — 0 1 4
Kaitlyn Sisler and Alexa Roles. Hannah Johnson, Alexis Hatfield (3), Molly Jenkins (4) and Katilyn Simpson, Autumn Bouldin (4). WP - Sisler. LP - Johnson.