Reardon’s pitching leads SJCC to win over Old Fort

Reardon’s pitching leads SJCC to win over Old Fort


Reardon’s pitching leads SJCC to win over Old Fort


Be Reardon, SJCC

Be Reardon, SJCC

Just two days removed from putting 17 runs on the scoreboard in a sectional semifinal victory, Old Fort was challenged with a familiar face in St. Joseph Central Catholic pitcher Be Reardon.

Reardon dominated on Thursday, allowing one run on four hits while walking none, leading SJCC to a 6-1 sectional final victory over the Stockaders. Reardon struck out three.

SJCC (17-10) advances to meet the winner of Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic and Cardinal Stritch Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Fremont Ross.

Top-seeded Lakota faces St. Wendelin in the other district semifinal.

“She’s definitely got a game face when she’s pitching her game,” SJCC coach Sarrah Ottney said of her senior. “She’s tough to hit and she moves the ball a lot. She’s a presence on the field that the underclassmen look up to as a leader. I’d take her on my team any day. She’s a good kid to have and everybody else rallies around her.”

The Crimson Streaks got out to a 3-0 lead after one inning. Miranda Wammes walked and scored on a deep triple by Ashley Burns. After Natalie Zyski reached in a bunt single, Josie Weickert lined a shot back at Stockaders’ starting pitcher Jordan Magers, who was unable to control the grounder. That allowed Burns to score and Zyski to scramble all the way to third. Zyski scored on a groundout by Callie Kelbley to give Reardon a comfortable lead.

“That gives me so much confidence going into the next inning,” Reardon said. “I still had to pitch my best but we had room for errors but we played well and I couldn’t have asked for better defense.”

Ottney said getting a good start was key.

“We’ve been preaching about scoring early all season,” she said. “We struggle when our backs are against the wall late in games. It’s hard to beat a team three times… We had an all-offense practice (Wednesday) and worked on some things. We came out and we’re aggressive early.”

Old Fort didn’t go away quickly though. Magers led off the second inning with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cheyenne Halbeisen and scored on a bloop single by Sammy Miller.

SJCC added single runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings and pulled away.

“It’s tough to get down when you’re facing a good pitcher,” Old Fort coach Jason Ward said. “If you’re not ready for it, you struggle a bit. Three runs in the first inning is tough but not (insurmountable). But when you get down, you have a tendency to struggle.”

Zyski finished with two singles and a double while Kelbley had two singles.

“Old Fort put the ball in play,” Ottney said. “They’re a good-hitting team and we knew they were. They got on the bases early but we stepped up behind Be this time. Sometimes that’s what we lack and we have a lot of underclassmen errors. Be then has to do a lot of the work but here it was kind of balanced between the two.”

Magers took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks while striking out three. Alyssa Pence pitched the sixth inning, allowing a run on three hits.

“We’ve had ups and downs,” Ward said. “We’re young but it was a bit of a rebuilding year. We’ll be ready next year. The girls worked hard and they gave me effort every time, which you can’t ask for more as a coach.”

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