NEW WASHINGTON —
Near-perfect defense, a couple timely hits, aggressive base-running and one exquisite pitching performance by Brooke Shaw helped host New Washington eke out a 2-1 win over Providence in extra innings Monday.
Shaw, who worked the full eight innings — her velocity and ball-movement never waning — got the nod from Pioneer coach Sean Payne as one of the best pitchers his team has faced this season.
“She’s tough. She kept us off balance all day,” he said. “If you can’t hit, you can’t win.”
Providence managed only three hits off the junior hurler, who struck out six Pioneers.
Her counterpart didn’t do so shabby either. Providence’s Riley Lovan struck out eight and gave up five hits, but got tagged with the loss anyway.
The difference: It was mainly timing.
With the game locked at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, New Washington senior Kaitlyn Schindler reached first after taking a pitch to the leg at the plate, took second on a low pitch that got past the catcher, moved to third on a fielder’s choice by teammate Gracie Speigelhalder then crossed home for the winning run on yet another passed ball.
“We’ve been getting more and more aggressive on the bases,” New Washington coach Tim Sexton said. “And especially in a game this close. When we were able to get on base, we wanted to keep pressing the issue and keep them on their toes.”
Schindler led the Mustangs’ limited offense, reaching base all four times with two hits, a walk and the hit-by-pitch, and drove in her team’s first run with a hard knock to centerfield in the second inning that scored Courtney Roberts.
“It felt good to play well and to finally bring it together,” said Schindler, whose team suffered a couple of disappointing losses over the weekend in a doubleheader against Trinity Lutheran. “This weekend was rough, so it was nice to kind of bounce back get a win over a good team.”
Providence plated its only run in the top of the fourth to tie the game, but left three girls stranded on base in that same inning.
Both teams return to action today when Providence visits Henryville and New Washington hosts Lanesville in 5 p.m. games.
NEW WASHINGTON 2, PROVIDENCE 1
Providence 000 100 00—1 3 0
New Washington 010 000 01—2 5 1
W — Shaw (5-7). L — Stengel (3-3). 2B — Karem (P).
LOB — Providence 5, New Washington 6.
Records — Providence 8-5, New Washington 5-7.