Yellow Jackets Knock Off Delaware Valley
By Rob Potter
ELDRED April 21, 2000 -- There was not an abundance of offense in
Wednesdays Western Sullivan League (WSL) softball
game between Delaware Valley and host Eldred.
The respective pitchers, Mariah Gillow for the Lady
Eagles and Karin Blaut for the Lady Yellow Jackets, were
on their games. Gillow allowed only six hits while
striking out nine batters and Blaut gave up four hits and
recorded 10 Ks.
Unfortunately for Gillow and her teammates, the Lady
Yellow Jackets were able to record many of their hits
with runners on base and grabbed a 3-1 victory. The win
boosted Eldreds mark on the young season to
42 overall and 22 WSL, while DVs first
loss drops the squad to 31 overall, 31 WSL.
With the game tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the third
inning, Eldred took the lead. With two outs and two
runners on base, Amanda Tice blooped a single to center
field to plate Casey Williams.
Then in the bottom of the fifth, Eldred again registered
a key, two-out hit. Kristen Borstelmann beat out a
grounder to short that allowed Blaut, who reached base on
a walk and then stole second and third base, to score an
We really needed this win, said Eldred Coach
Dot McCrone. We played well as a team and Karin
pitched an excellent game.
DV opened the scoring in the top of the second when Karen
Terry grounded out with runners on second and third. The
throw to first allowed Theresa Bauer to score from third
base for the 1-0 lead.
The Lady Eagles had a chance to boost their lead when
they loaded the bases with two outs. But Blaut induced a
soft fly ball to get out of the jam.
DV again loaded the bases against Blaut an inning later,
with only one out in the frame. But a pop-up to first
base and a grounder to second enabled Blaut to keep the
game knotted at 1-1.
We had a couple of chances for a big inning,
noted DV coach John Meyer. But we didnt get a
two-out hit. Karin pitched a really good game and we
didnt take advantage of the chances we had. When
she is on like she was today, youre not going to
get many chances to score and if you dont make the
most of those few chances, youre not going to
In addition to Terrys RBI, Bauer, Megan Moran and
Alicia Peters each had one hit for the Lady Eagles.
The Eldred offense was paced by Tice, who went 2-for-3
with an RBI, Borstelmann (2-for-3) and Danielle Campbell
(1-for-3). Borstelmann and Campbell each knocked in one
Meyer added that he was happy with the way Mariah
She pitched well enough to win, he noted.
But Eldred played better than we did today.
Although Eldred was scheduled to play a non-league game
yesterday weather permitting, of course
both the Lady Yellow Jackets and Lady Eagles will enjoy a
few days off for the holiday break. Once they return to
school, however, both squads will play three WSL games
each week for three consecutive weeks.
But the win gave McCrone and her team some more
confidence for the those upcoming, action-filled weeks.
I think we should be doing well, McCrone
commented. We played a good defensive game today
and if we keep playing well defensively and together as a
team, well be all right.