By Ryan Kaczmarski
After both teams put up zeros on the scoreboard for three innings, Midview senior Amanda Beursken hit a Katie Lew pitch over the center field wall for a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, which was all the Middies needed, as they went on to defeat Westlake, 7-2, in the Division I softball district semifinals last Wednesday at North Ridgeville High School.
“She hit a bomb there,” Westlake head coach Tom Shiban said. “It was a great swing by her, and she had a good at-bat.
“We were in a tough situation there, with the two girls ahead of her getting on base with no outs. That made things really tough. Beursken is a great player, but for some reason it just wasn’t our day.”
The Demons tallied seven hits in the game, scoring two runs late in the contest.
“I thought we hit the ball well all day,” Shiban said. “To (Midview’s) credit, they played great defense all day. Their left fielder made some nice catches, and defensively they didn’t make a mistake.”
The Westlake squad did not hang their heads after giving up the home run, and battled back, loading the bases in the fifth inning and getting on the scoreboard when senior Erin Brown hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Gina Campo from third.
Again, Midview put up a three-spot in the seventh, but Westlake came back to load the bases twice in the bottom of the inning, while scoring another run.
“I was really proud of our girls, the way they battled,” Shiban explained. “They were down after the home run, but they kept fighting. We just couldn’t get those timely hits and couldn’t string the hits together.
“We didn’t put up any crooked numbers today.”
Westlake finished the 2014 campaign with a record of 21-5, which gives the Demons a .808 winning percentage.
“We knew we had a really good team all year,” Shiban said. “I think the best season Westlake ever had in softball was 21-7, so to end up 21-5 like we did made me even more proud of the girls.
“We tied the school record for most wins in a season and we have the best winning percentage of any team in Westlake softball history. For that, I’m really proud of the girls, especially our three seniors. You just hate to see the season end.”
Midview went on to face Elyria in the District championship, with Elyria winning the title for the 10th year in a row.