Hits keep com­ing as Kutz­town beats Brandy­wine, 7-4

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - SPORTS - By Chris DeAn­to­nio

Kutz­town se­nior Katie Calkins pitched a com­plete game and cen­ter fielder Jil­lian Siefert drove in two runs as the Kutz­town Cougars de­feated the Brandy­wine Heights Bul­lets, 7-4, Fri­day night in Lyons.

Kutz­town opened an early two-run lead in the first in­ning off of a RBI dou­ble by Siefert and a RBI sin­gle by Olivia Kar­do­hely.

They fol­lowed that up by scor­ing three more runs in the sec­ond, with Siefert driv­ing in an­other run on a RBI sin­gle. Kutz­town racked up eight hits in the first two in­nings as they built their lead. Kutz­town coach Kevin Con­rad the early hit­ting sparked his team’s vic­tory.

“We’ve been hit­ting the ball pretty well this year,” said Con­rad. “We had some con- sis­tent hit­ting early. We got a cou­ple of girls up and down through the lineup; we’ve got mul­ti­ple hitters in our lineup. We’ve been try­ing to keep pres­sure on teams and I think that’s what we did early on there.”

Siefert fin­ished with two hits and two RBI for Kutz­town. Build­ing the early lead gave pitcher Katie Calkins room to work.

“At­tack­ing early on in the game, es­pe­cially get­ting on the board early re­ally helped,” said Siefert. “It gave us a sense of se­cu­rity about the game and then we could fo­cus on playing de­fense.”

Calkins pitched a com­plete game for the Cougars, al­low­ing three runs in the third in­ning and one in the sev­enth. Kutz­town recorded the fi­nal out of the game on a play at the plate.

Af­ter Brandy­wine cut into the lead in the third quar­ter, Kutz­town added two more runs in the bot­tom of the sixth. Those in­sur­ance runs helped Kutz­town main­tain con­trol of the game and the lead. Kutz­town’s Abby Resoner said the late runs gave them some wig­gle room.

“We faced the top of the or­der com­ing up there, so that was huge,” said Con­rad. “It changed our whole phi­los­o­phy there as far as what we wanted to do. We were able to pitch to those bat­ters, where if we would have had a two-run lead with that run­ner on there, it prob­a­bly would have changed my strat­egy.”

Brandy­wine pitcher Jessica David­heiser pitched a com­plete game as well, es­sen­tially shut­ting down the Cougars af­ter the third in­ning. On a cold night, each team’s bats cooled off af­ter the top of the third in­ning as there was only one hit be­tween the two teams un­til the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning.

Brandy­wine’s Naomi Faye had two sin­gles and scored a run in the sev­enth in­ning. The game ended when Brandy­wine’s Amanda Geisinger was called out at home af­ter try­ing to ad­vance on a pitch that got away from the catcher.

Kutz­town’s Con­rad ac­knowl­edged that, de­spite the win, there were some ar­eas his team could im­prove.

“We had a cou­ple of men­tal lapses there, we gave up a cou­ple of un­earned runs. We need to tighten up on that,” he said. “We’ve been playing re­ally good de­fense all year long, so that was just a rar­ity there. And a cou­ple of called third strikes, that re­ally drives me wild. We need to be a bit more ag­gres­sive when we get two strikes. But other than that, we’re playing re­ally good ball right now. That was a big game for us.”

DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A Brandy­wine run­ner breaks up the throw to Kutz­town’s Kylie Balthaser dur­ing their game last week.

DEN­NIS KRUMANOCKER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town catcher Kayla Fritz awaits the throw at home while Brandy­wine’s Jess David­heiser slides in for a run dur­ing their game last week.

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