Goreville dominant in 14-0 win over Elverado in Sectional Final
By Doug Daniels
1351sports.com / elveradosports.com
May 24, 2019
(Steeleville, Ill.) - Through three innings, Elverado fought even with Goreville at 0-0, but the Lady Blackcats would eventually take the lead in the fourth inning, and explode for a 12-run sixth to finish off the Lady Falcons 14-0 in the Sectional championship game on May 24 in Steeleville.
“We played a great game for five innings, then the flood gates opened up,” said EHS head softball coach Donette Wheatley. “They hit one single after another and we had a few errors, physical and mental, and it just simply took the wind out of our sails.”
Elverado’s offense was simply overmatched by Goreville hurler Kelsey Ray, who whiffed the first 10 Lady Falcons to step to the plate and 15 on the day. EHS had just two hits, both in the fourth inning. Morgan Bernardini doubled with one out, but was thrown out at home plate on Allie Whittington’s double that followed. Ray then got a strikeout to end the threat.
In the top of that inning, the Blackcats took the lead on a single by Payton Sopczak, a fielder’s choice, a sacrifice by Ray, and a single by Samantha Licka. But it was the sixth inning where things simply fell apart for the Lady Falcons and Whittington in the circle, as Goreville hammered out a dozen runs on ten hits.
“We had a great season though, we bettered last year's school record setting season by one win and two less losses and played a much tougher schedule,” Wheatley said. “I feel bad for the team, especially the two seniors. We really wanted to win this game. Morgan Cashion played a heck of a defensive game today but it just didn't go Allie's way on the mound.”
Elverado finishes with an overall record of 24-4, a regional championship, and a conference championship. Goreville would later go on to win their second state championship in Class 1A in the last three seasons.
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