CHILLICOTHE – Piketon came into Wednesday night’s contest at Unioto as the clear-cut underdog.
They left as the clear-cut favorite.
The Redstreaks (6-0, 4-0 Scioto Valley Conference) convincingly handed the Shermans their first loss at home this season, 8-1, while playing sound defense and putting on a hitting clinic.
“I’m thrilled. Words can’t even begin to describe this feeling,” Piketon coach Denise Zimmerman said. “This was a big game for our senior pitcher, Adrien Dunn, and I’m proud of our team from top to bottom. We’re hitting the ball extremely well. This is the best I’ve seen this team hit in years. We’re stroking from top to bottom.”
Dunn (6-0), who has a reputation of being one of the most likable players in the league, proved once again that she’s one of the most feared in the pitcher’s circle.
“Adrien’s dad is in the dugout calling pitches for her. Nothing jives better than a father-daughter combo working together,” Zimmerman said. “She’s always been a quality pitcher and tonight was one of the best games I’ve seen her throw. She’s allowing the hitters to hit what she wants them too.”
The senior hurler threw all seven innings, didn’t give up an earned run, allowed just four hits and struck out eight.
“This is the first time I’ve won on this field,” Dunn said. “That’s a great feeling, especially in my senior year. My approach was to just give it all I had, my best, and whatever came out, came out. I know I have a great team offensively and defensively and that’s all you can ask for. It feels great knowing that you have teammates in your dugout and behind you that are so supportive.”
Unioto (5-2, 3-2 SVC) fell behind in the top of the first frame after Piketon lead-off hitter Erykah Scott singled into left field and advanced to third base on an error — an unfortunate common theme for the Shermans all game long.
Dunn would later reach base on the second error of the inning, plating Scott, to give the Redstreaks an early 1-0 lead.
The Shermans would strike back with a run of their own in the bottom of the first after starting pitcher Brooke Blevins drew a walk and later scored on a throwing error — a fortunate uncommon theme for the Redstreaks in the contest — tying the game, 1-1.
Piketon would take back its lead in the top half of the third inning, making it 3-1, thanks to an RBI single from Dunn and an RBI double from designated hitter Kennedy Cooper.
The Redstreaks would then add a run each in the fourth and fifth innings, seizing a 5-1 advantage heading into the seventh inning. In the seventh, Piketon buried the Shermans, adding three insurance runs on four hits, rounding out the final of 8-1.
“Offensively, I feel like we’re getting more confident as each game passes,” Zimmerman said. “The girls are seeing the ball from their perspectives and not letting the pitchers dictate them. Defensively, I think we’re very strong. We know that we have a quality pitcher on the mound. They want to do everything for her because she does everything she can for them.”
Along with the win in the circle, Dunn also finished 2-3 at the plate with two runs and an RBI. Scott had a big night as well, going 4-4 with an RBI and two runs. Pack also chipped in, finishing 2-4 with a run.
Blevins (5-2) took the loss on the mound, throwing seven innings, allowing four earned runs and surrendering 12 hits. Offensively, Blevins, Gina Wright, McKenna Jones and Ashton Junk all logged one hit each.
Piketon will go for its seventh straight win, Thursday, as they travel to Zane Trace for a makeup game. Unioto will also play Thursday, traveling to Waverly.