GIRLS SOFTBALL Canfield's run halted by Indiana in final
The 13-14 year old team dropped a tough 1-0 decision.
By KELLY WILLIAMS
AKRON -- The tournament trail for Canfield's 13-14 Junior League softball team came to an end Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to Indiana in the Central Regional championship game.
Indiana's Kelsey Reynolds led off the third inning with a single. With runners on first and second, Angela Gillis singled and both runners advanced, but Reynolds, who lingered on the third base line was reluctant to go home with the ball in the infield. She headed back to third where she found teammate Jaimee Works already on the bag.
Scored on umpire ruling
What seemed like a guaranteed out for Ohio turned into quite the contrary. It resulted in the only run.
"As the runner [Works] tried to go back to second base, obstruction was called on the shortstop," said Canfield coach Chris Cole.
All base runners advanced and Indiana's lone run was scored.
"The game was decided by an umpire's call. He made the wrong call in a 1-0 game and it hurt," said Cole. "The girl should have been put back on second base."
Sulick pitches well
Canfield pitcher Lauren Sulick had five strikeouts over six innings.
"Coming into the game I was really nervous, but at the same time excited," Sulick said. "I had a great defense behind me. I knew if they [Indiana] hit anything, my team would be there."
Canfield had four hits but couldn't get the key one with runners in scoring position.
Kelcie Herberger led off the seventh inning with a base hit and stole second. A groundout advanced Herberger to third. She rounded the base, but as she turned to head back found the third baseman in her path.
"The [umpire] had his arm up ready to make the [interference] call," said Cole. "He just didn't make it."
The game ended a batter later with popout.
"We had a great run," said Cole.
"It's sad we couldn't go further," said Sulick, "but it was a great experience and we had a great time as a team."
These two teams played two years ago and the game resulted in much the same way -- an Indiana victory.
"Playing Canfield is always a battle," said Indiana coach Pete Gillis. "They are a great running team once they get on base. They know how to take extra bases and how to delay steal."
Gillis said he worked with his catcher and infield on keeping Canfield's runners close to the bases.
Indiana will open World Series play Monday in Seattle.