MARTINSVILLE — Timely hitting helped lift the Plainfield Quakers softball team above all of the competition in the Class 4A, Sectional 12 at Martinsville this week.
Plainfield junior Mackenzie Reeder was the latest Quaker to send the ball over the fence in a key situation. Reeder’s two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning capped the scoring for the night and propelled Plainfield to a 3-0 win over Northview for the sectional title.
“I feel amazing,” Reeder said. “I had no idea it was going out. We came together really well and did exactly what we needed when we needed. Everyone worked together.”
For Plainfield coach Brad Beaman, who coached the Quakers to a state title last season, winning back-to-back sectional championships was definitely a major accomplishment.
“Not to take away from any of the next steps, but a sectional is hard to win because there is so many teams in it,” Beaman said. “I can’t put this effort into words because everyone was digging deep.”
The pivotal moment of the game came on a two-out rally by the Quakers in the bottom of the third and the Knights never recovered.
Northview pitcher Whitney Halfhill struck out Plainfield’s Brooke Bryant and then walked leadoff hitter Maggie Stahl. A single by freshman Kendyl Wheeler put the two Quakers on base and after a passed ball from Halfhill to catcher Ashley Hughes, Stahl advanced to third and Wheeler took a spot on second.
Another passed ball brought Stahl home for a 1-0 Quakers lead.
Beaman said he saw a “little swagger at the plate” from Reeder and the junior let loose, sending the ball over the centerfield fence.
That series of events put the Quakers on the board with a three-run advantage, but Plainfield’s pitching and defense solidified the win.