BEECHER | Beecher pitcher Sarah Crews believes when her team is working well, it can calm her down more than any early lead her offense may give her.
Crews settled in early, and the Beecher bats went to work in the bottom of the first on the way to a 15-0, five-inning win in the 2A Beecher Regional semifinals against Reed-Custer. The Bobcats plated three in the first inning and three in the second, before a nine run third blew the game open against the Comets.
"I think when we're all working together really well, especially when we bat, everything is going well," Crews said. "We were working together at the plate, and we worked together in the field."
Crews pitched five innings of shutout softball, striking out four and allowing only two hits. Megan Gliva was 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored and a RBI. Katie Howard had a hit with two runs scored and one RBI.
"She was pitching it in and once the team got the hang of it, we all feed off of each other," Gliva said. "We all go along with each other, and we all work together. We need to just keep focusing and keep our heads in the game."
Beecher (27-6) used five hits and three Reed-Custer errors to plate nine runs in the bottom of the third. Gliva, Crews, and Howard each came around to score in the inning, and a Sydney Zupan's single plated the final two runs to open the lead to 15. Crews second double of the game came in the nine-run third, and like Gliva, she said her teammates helped her out on what to look for at the plate.
"When I went up there everyone was telling me what they were seeing," Crews said. "Lefties were seeing outside, and the righties were seeing inside. I went up there and kind of went off of what my teammates had to say."
Beecher will move on to the regional championship game Saturday morning at 11 a.m. It will play the winner of today's Seneca-Wilmington matchup.
"We just need more of the same," Beecher coach Kevin Hayhurst said of Saturday's championship. "We need to make sure we're swinging at strikes, advancing one base at a time. The main thing is if we're pitching well and playing defense behind our pitcher."