Plainfield’s softball team used a solid pitching performance coupled with timely hitting to come away with a 4-1 victory over county-rival Avon Monday night.
Plainfield coach Brad Beaman said the win was another step in the right direction for his inexperienced team.
"We’re just learning composure right now,” he said. “We’ve got kids in positions they’ve never been in before."
Beaman credited the Quakers' aggressiveness on the basepaths as the X-factor to push across runs.
"When we had the opportunity to take the extra base, we did," Beaman said.
A trio of Avon seniors knocked three hits in the opening frame to manufacture an Avon run. Mackenzie Johnston singled, Cassidy Larkin doubled and Savannah Sarkine knocked an RBI single.
Plainfield answered in the home half of the inning, as freshman Ashton Slone plated sophomore Kendyl Wheeler with an RBI double.
The Quakers scored a pair of runs in the third inning, as the Orioles committed a pair of errors. Wheeler singled and scored while Makayla Hettich added an RBI single.
Wheeler doubled home another run in the fourth inning, and finished 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored, while reaching base three times.
Meanwhile, Plainfield pitcher Ashlee Gibson settled down in the circle. Gibson managed to escape trouble frequently as the Orioles placed a runner on base in every inning, but failed to score after the first.
Gibson credited her team with the win, as well as its ability to stay composed.
“My team picked me up," Gibson said. "Whenever we would hit, they felt just fine. (I was) just hitting my spots and keeping the ball under control.”
The Orioles left five runners on base over the final three innings.
Avon coach Erika Peterson said the team made solid contact, but couldn't get the ball past Plainfield's defenders.
“I would say our girls hit the ball fairly well, we just hit it right to people,” Peterson said. “It just didn’t fall in the right places for us tonight.”
The two teams could meet in sectional play, and Peterson hopes Avon can use the game to be better prepared.
“We’ll get to play them again, and hopefully come back with our ‘A' game,” she said.