Hannah Koenig threw less than 45 pitches, striking out eight, walking none and giving up only one hit as Brentwood ended Hillsboro’s season 12-0 in just five innings Tuesday afternoon at Granny White Park in the Region 6-AAA semifinals.
Koenig helped her own cause, going 2-for-2 at the plate and joining Elisabeth Laviolette, Kaylee Seidel, Kaleigh Bottoms and Jenna Galloway all picked up multiple RBI.
“It’s a good win for us,” said Brentwood coach Erica Powell. “We came out slow hitting but we finally made some adjustments.
“It’s a big win for us. We’re in the Sweet 16 and that’s a big deal.”
There was little doubt the Lady Bruins would pick up their 30th win of the year, the second straight season to reach that milestone, facing a very, very young Hillsboro squad that finished second in District 12-AAA.
Kayla Mills opened things in the bottom of the first with a single, followed by a Koenig walk before Laviolette cleared the bases with rocket that went to the fence, scoring both of the first baseman’s two RBIs.
In the third, Mills reached on an error, one of Hillsboro’s four on the day, before stealing second. Koenig blistered a triple to right, Bottoms walked and Laviolette made first on an error. Seidel singled home Laviolette for the fourth run of the inning.
Up 6-0, Brentwood got on the merry-go-round in the fouth. Ansley Casillas walked, Mills reached on an error, Koenig, Bottoms, and Laviolette all singled, as did Galloway, sandwiching another error that put Seidel back on base. Emily Cockrell’s double ended the scoring, sending Seidel home before Casillas and Mills grounded out to end the inning.
Galloway came on in the top of the fifth in relief of Koenig, walking two and striking out two was the run rule went into effect, ending the contest.
The win sets up another contest Wednesday against what is quickly developing as an arch rival, Summit. It will the third time the two teams have met in less than seven days.
“They are not becoming a rival, Summit is a rival,” said Powell. “It is always a tough game. I’m excited to play them because they are great kids, but I’m glad it’s finally on our field and not their field. It’s hard to play them on their field.”
The pair have played four times this year, always in Spring Hill. Brentwood needed a diving bag-tag by Laviolette to squeak out a 6-5 win on April 15. Last Thursday, in an 11-inning classic, Summit picked up a 6-2 victory that forced an “if” game to determine the District 11-AAA tournament champion. On Friday, the Lady Bruins pushed two across in the first and then hung on to win the title 2-1.
“They have great hitters and we have more information than we need on them in our scouting reports and it’s still not going to keep it from being a close game." Powell said. "Our approach tomorrow is to just keep Summit off balance as much as possible.”
Brentwood 12, Hillsboro 0, Region 6-AAA Semifinal
Hillsboro – 000 00X X 0 1 4
Brentwood – 204 6XX X 12 9 0
Brentwood – Koenig, Galloway (5) and Casillas. WP – Koenig.
2B – Laviolette. 3B – Koenig.
RBI – Seidel (3), Galloway (2) Koenig (2), Bottoms (2), Casillas, Laviolette, Cockrell.