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Byrnes Head Softball Coach Brandi Aiken Reviews Her 2-1 Loss To White Knoll Monday, Byrne's Gatorade Player of the Year Nominee Kasey Widmyer Out With Injury

Byrnes Head Softball Coach Brandi Aiken Reviews Her 2-1 Loss To White Knoll Monday,

Byrne's Gatorade Player of the Year Nominee Kasey Widmyer Out With Injury

DuncanWhite Knoll won the first game of the best of three state title series in AAAAA softball Monday with a 2-1 home win over Byrnes who was playing without star pitcher Kasey Widmyer our with an injury.

This is how the game played out in the words and thoughts of head Byrnes coach Brandi Aiken:

“We scored our only run in the Top of the 7th. Haven Pesce lead off with a double and Amber Campbell followed with a single to left. Haylee Whitesides hit a hard line drive right at the 2nd baseman for the first out. Hayden Bradley then hit a ground ball to 2nd base to score Pesce and move Campbell to 3rd. Kassie Rimel came to the plate with 2 outs and had a good at bat before grounding out to second to end the game. 

 

White Knoll scored one in the 4th. Leaphart walked, then Lyons had a base hit to right field. Miller walked to load the bases with no outs. We made an error on a ground ball at short to score the run before turning a 1-2-3 double play to end the inning. 

 

Lyons hit a solo HR in the 6th for White Knoll’s other run. 

 

Offensively we struggled early and did not get a runner on base until the 4th. We did make hard contact 3-4 times that was either right at someone or that White Knoll made a good defensive play on. I was happy with how we responded in the 7th but it was just too little too late at that point. 

 

Obviously playing in the championship without Kasey Widmyer is a bit of a letdown. Kasey is 24-1, with a .43 ERA, .550ish batting average and close to 50 RBI’s so obviously we are stronger when she can be on the field.  However, we always pride ourselves on the fact that we are not a one player show and I believe we proved that with how we played in Game 1. I am not sure of another team that could lose a player of Kasey's caliber at this point and still compete the way we can. Our team played well but no where near our best and we were still very much  in the ball game until the very end. I was also extremely proud of how 9th grader Haylee Whitesides pitched. She threw all 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, and really only throwing the one bad pitch to Lyons in the 6th. She was also able to work out of a few jams early after walking or hitting a batter. Haylee is a promising young pitcher and normally our starting 3rd baseman so she has seen limited innings this season but you could not tell it on Monday night. 

 

I feel like we will play much better on Wednesday. While winning that 1st game of the series would be nice, we know all too well that is a 3 game series and that winning the 1st game does not guarantee that you will win the 2nd or even the 3rd (we beat both Stratford and White Knoll by large margins in game 1 of the 2016 and 2017 series before losing game 2).”

 

Note: These comments provided on request to HSSR. Byrnes will host game two Wednesday in Duncan. 

 

 


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