Lady Mavs get their fourth straight in 2-1 victory over Jackson

By Quint Turner

After giving up Jackson’s only run in the first, Alyssa Reuble settled down and pitched six straight scoreless innings, ending up with five strikeouts. Rueble’s complete game led the Lady Mavs to their fourth win on the year, beating the Jackson Timberwolves by a score of 2-1. This was the first of four games the Lady Mavs play this week, and Reuble is planning on starting all four.

The bottom of the lineup drove in both runs for the Mavs. The No. 8 hitter, Ashley Brooke, hit an infield single in the fourth that scored Tiffany Dewayne and No. 9 hitter Ciarra Hart hit a double into right field in the sixth that got Dewayne home for the winning run. Sophia Frost pitched all six innings for the T-Wolves, and struck out eight batters.
Jackson got its only run in the first. Sarah Casel led off with an infield single, and then Juliana Faulconer slapped a single to right field. Jessica Roy struck out for the first out of the inning, and on a 3-2 count Kayla Ellis was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Frost. Frost hit a ground ball to second baseman Hart, who got the force at second base, but Casel scored in the process. Reuble got Maddie Fetzer to strike out to end the inning and get out of the jam. Still, Jackson led 1-0 after the top of the first.

Frost lived up to her name in the bottom of the first, and froze Lovena Sheehan with a change-up on a 0-2 count for the first out of the inning. Then Frost bit Reuble with a fastball past her on a 2-2 count for the second out. Rebecca Wright popped out to second baseman Faulconer to end the inning.

Reuble got through the top of the second with little trouble; she only gave up a two-out walk to Darby Boggs but then got Casel to pop out to end the inning. The Lady Mavs were threatening in the bottom of the second. Haili Taylor got aboard with a lead-off walk, and then stole second during Julia Reuble’s at-bat. J. Reuble lined out to Frost for the first out, but then Dewayne walked, and two runners were on with one out. Hailey Costello hit into a 4-6 fielder’s choice, advancing Taylor, but now there were two outs and Hart lined out to Faulconer to end the second.

In the top of the third, Faulconer led off with a single and Roy also got aboard the same way. However, Kayla Ellis hit a line drive straight to Hart at second base, who then threw to Costello, who was standing on second base, to get a double play. During Frost’s at-bat, Roy attempted to steal but was thrown out by Wright, and that ended the top of the third. Meadowdale failed to do anything in the bottom of the third. Sheehan drew a one-out walk, but Frost easily retired everyone else with little effort, and the game went to the fourth with the score still 1-0 T-Wolves.

Reuble pitched an easy one-two-three inning in the top of the fourth, and struck out Tiana Lopez for the final out of the inning. Meadowdale tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Taylor hit a single to left field to lead off, and then J. Reuble struck out. The next hitter was Dewayne, and she slapped a single to left field, and Boggs slightly bobbled the ball. Taylor was waved to go to third, where she was thrown out by Boggs for the second out of the inning. Dewayne advanced to second on the play, and it was good she did. Costello got a base hit to bring Dewayne home, and the score was tied at 1-1. Ashley Brooke hit an infield single, and then both she and Costello stole during Hart’s at-bat to get runners on second and third with two outs. Hart smacked a ground ball through the hole in right field that was quickly picked up by Cassidy Gannon, and she threw a strike to first base that beat out Hart, and that prevented Costello from scoring. The game went to the top of the fifth with the score still tied.

Jackson had runners on first and second with one out in the top of the fifth, but were unable to do anything with it. Faulconer hit into a 1-5 fielder’s choice for the second out, and then Roy hit a ground ball right back to A. Reuble, who got her out at first to end the inning. Once again, the Lady Mavs almost scored in the bottom of the fifth. After a lead-off strikeout by Sheehan, A. Reuble got on first with an infield hit, and Wright doubled to right field to get both runners in scoring position. Frost remained calm, and managed to get Taylor to pop out to her and then struck out J. Reuble to end the threat.

The T-Wolves went down one-two-three in the top of the sixth, but the Lady Mavs took the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Dewayne knocked a double to right field to lead off the bottom of the sixth, but Frost almost got out of the inning with no sweat. She got Costello to fly out to right fielder Gannon and then struck out Brooke, but Hart came up to bat for the second time with a runner in scoring position and two outs. This time, she sent a line drive down the left field line past the third baseman and scored Dewayne from second. Hart ended up at second base with a double, and the go-ahead RBI. Sheehan walked, but Frost got A. Reuble to strike out to end the inning.

That K was Frost’s eighth strikeout, and her last of the day in a brave losing effort. A. Reuble had little trouble with the T-Wolves in the top of the sixth. She caught Lopez looking for the first out, but then Gannon hit a double that stayed just fair in right field, and the tying run was on at second with one out. Kim See grounded out to shortstop Costello, which also advanced Gannon, but now the T-Wolves were down to their final out. A. Reuble got Casel to strikeout looking on a one-two pitch to end the threat, and the game. The Lady Mavs won 2-1 on Reuble’s sixth strikeout of the day.

With the win, the Lady Mavs continue their winning streak to start the year; this one is their fourth straight win. Meadowdale still hasn’t played a district game yet and start Wesco play on Wednesday at home. However, their next game is tomorrow at Cascade High School at 4 PM, and is their last non-conference game. As for Jackson, they fall to 3-2 on the year. Their next game is on Wednesday at Kamiak at 4 p.m.

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