Ballard blanks Skyline, 5-0
May 7, 2013
By Lillian O'Rorke
Spartans retain third rank despite loss
After suffering a 6-5 loss at home to Skyline High School April 3, Ballard turned the tide April 30 by pulling a 5-0 win over the No. 3 ranked plateau softball team.
“It’s softball, and that’s part of the game,” said Ken Brooks, coach of the Skyline Spartans. “We expected ups and downs with only having 12 kids turn out.”
Ballard took the lead 2-0 right off the bat, capitalizing on a pop-up in the infield in the first inning. Then, with two runners on base in the top of the third inning, Ballard scored three runs on an error in the outfield. The Spartans batters were unable to answer back.
“You’ve got to laugh or cry about it. I am going to chose to laugh about it right now,” Brooks said. “It’s just we’re young. It seems like every game that we’ve lost this year, we’ve done that — we had an error here or there, or two, that’s let them back in the game.”
At bat, the Spartans did manage to make contact with the ball, but attempt after attempt, they were thrown out at first. Their best chance came in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, sophomore Tia Hedman stepped up to the plate and hit a double on the first pitch. After stealing third, she made a run for home on a single hit by Madisen Camp-Chimenti but was tagged out by Ballard’s catcher.
“It was my first pitch. I set my mind to ‘I am swinging on this one’ and I did it. I just kept my hands up. I was thinking I had to get runs for my pitcher so she could stay confident,” Hedman said.
As catcher, she has played with Skyline’s starting pitcher Winter Ridgeway since the two were little. As of April 30, Ridgeway had struck out 83 batters so far this season.
“She hits her spots. She stayed up this year. She is such a great pitcher,” Hedman said. “Going forward, I just hope that we can support her more with our runs and get her more confident. Because when she’s confident, she can do anything.”
Going forward, Brooks and team co-captain Charlotte Zhao agreed that the most important thing is to make it to the KingCo tournament. From May 13-17, the top four teams from the Crest and Crown divisions will battle it out for the chance to advance to the state playoffs. With a record 5-7, Skyline is currently ranked third in KingCo 4A Crown.
“It was a little rough. Our defense is strong. It’s just the one thing that we have been working on is the bats. That’s what’s been keeping us down,” said Zhao, a senior this year. “The important thing is that we come out of this slump and that we bring each other back up. And, once we start getting hits, it is going to be contagious.”