(April 16th, 2015) – FAYETTE: The scoreboard gave every indication of a blowout victory for the Lady Blackbirds as they stepped off of Fayette’s home field on Thursday, April 16. Yet, as the contest progressed, the Lady Eagles began to give Pettisville problems.
It wasn’t enough for the victory, as Pettisville took home the win in five innings, 11-1.
Pettisville scored 6 runs to begin the first inning, giving Fayette an uphill climb from the early goings of the contest. After holding the Lady Eagles scoreless in the bottom of the inning, the Blackbird girls added another 3 runs in the second. With a 9-0 advantage going into the third inning, it looked as though the Lady Blackbirds would be able to score at will all game long.
That didn’t happen, though.
The Fayette defense clamped down, holding Pettisville to just 2 more runs for the remainder of the match-up. The Lady Eagles had a chance to make up some ground in the bottom of the fourth, when they had the bases loaded with just one out. After having a batter walk, bringing in a run for Fayette, Pettisville pitcher Teagan Kauffman worked her way out of the jam with minimal damage. Despite the contest ending in five innings due to the 10 run mercy rule, Fayette had a real chance to reverse their fortunes and make the game competitive.
Kauffman had an outstanding evening from the mound. The Blackbird pitcher threw a complete game, giving up 1 run on 4 hits. The sophomore also had 8 strikeouts and 2 walks in the win.
Senior pitcher Leah Bussing took to the mound for all five innings on Fayette’s behalf. She had a tough game, allowing 11 runs off of 12 hits. She struck out 2 batters, while walking 2 as well.
Jasmyn Barton crushed a Fayette offering to earn a triple for the Blackbirds. Teammate Steph Hubby hit for a single and a double, as did Kauffman.
For Fayette, Kaitlin Brubaker had a pair of singles from the batter’s box.
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