Lady Celts beat Summit
May 13, 2019 By:Lauren Murphy
By Alan Torres
On April 30, McNary’s softball team beat the Summit Storm 14-2 to win their last game of the month.
This was the sixth to last game of a regular season in which McNary has suffered just one conference loss, and they were guaranteed the conference title if they can go the rest of the season undefeated.
Summit was expected to be one of the easier obstacles in this goal, given that the team has earned just one win so far this season, and is ranked 48th of the 50 teams in the state.
This was shown to be the case early on when McNary allowed Summit just one run in the first inning, which was followed by a six-run inning from McNary which included RBI’s from fielder Taylor Ebbs, pitcher and first baseman Faith Danner, catcher Ellie Martin, fielder Kayelee Schwab, and two from pitcher and first baseman, Hannah Ebner.
The second inning was even more dominant, with McNary not even letting Summit reach first base in the top of the inning, and scoring seven runs in the bottom. This included inside the park home runs from infielder Abbi Covalt and outfielder Alexa Cepeda, RBI’s from Martin and infielder Kate Ronning, and a stolen home plate from outfielder Kamryn Miller.
The third inning started similarly, McNary started the inning by getting out all three batters sent up by Summit. They didn’t score quite as much this inning, however, with the only run being an RBI from Ronning. Which brought McNary up to a 14-1 lead.
This looked like it may have been the start of a comeback for Summit, as the team went on to score their second run of the game in the top of the fourth inning before McNary earned them three outs, which went unanswered from McNary in the bottom of the inning, shrinking the game to a 14-2 lead.
With McNary up by 12, Summit would have to score at least three runs in the fifth inning to not lose by mercy. Summit’s first two runners earned ground outs trying to get to first base. This was followed by two singles in a row, however, making the comeback look like a possibility before McNary earned a ground out at third on the next play, ending the game with a 14-2 victory.
This win was unable to affect McNary’s standings, however, and the team still sits at 13th in the state.
The next day, McNary went one step closer to their conference title by beating South Salem high school. Keep an eye out for Jordan Danner’s story on that soon.
After this the team went on to beat McKay.