Watson Chapel and Sheridan were polar opposites of each other on Monday.
Watson Chapel played its worst game of the year, while Sheridan might have played its best game of the year in beating the Lady Wildcats 13-0 in six innings at Monroe-Ryburn Field.
“We were solid and that’s the best we have played in a while,” Sheridan coach Eddie Paul Woodall said. “I was pleased with our girls. We were really into the game.”
For as good as Sheridan (11-3) played, that was as bad as Watson Chapel (14-6) played.
“This is the worst that we have put out for the team this year,” Watson Chapel coach Tracey Easter said. “We just did not show up. We were not here and we did not do our game. We are a better team than that.”
Sheridan scored a run each in the first and second innings before pulling way with five runs in the third inning. At that point, Watson Chapel was held to one hit by Sheridan pitcher Olivia Reed.
Woodall said his team just hit the ball well.
“That’s the sharpest we have hit the ball in a week or two,” he said. “I can’t remember how it started, but early on, we were sacrificing and moving people over to make sure we scored in every inning.”
While Sheridan did not score in the fourth inning, the Lady Jackets got two runs in the fifth inning thanks to Reed’s two-run blast over the left field wall for a 9-0 lead.
Hunter Clark added a two-run home run in the sixth that ended in a four-run inning for Sheridan and a 13-0 lead. Clark finished a single short of the cycle.
“My lord, they had a heck of a game over there and Sheridan was crushing the ball,” Easter said. “My girls just weren’t fielding it and we weren’t backing it up with hits.”
Reed continued to hurl the one-hitter for Sheridan, and Woodall said the freshman has been pitching like that all year long.
“Every time she is out there, she does that. I just haven’t put her out there enough,” he said. “We’ve got five different girls that have won varsity games. … With Hannah Hicks breaking her finger (last week), I am going to have to rely on her more.”
Paige Topping had Watson Chapel’s lone hit and Maegan Greer took the loss as she pitched all seven innings.
Easter said the team cannot hold their heads down long with this loss.
“The girls are feeling it now, and they aren’t happy with themselves, either,” she said. “We have Sylvan Hills (today) so we better suck it up.”