Wednesday, March 20, 2013
By Dan Brown
The Berkeley Lady Stags softball team suffered just its second loss of the 2013 season Friday night, falling 9-7 to Stratford.
The Lady Stags, 5-2, as Region 7AAA play begins this week blew a 6-0 first inning lead and could not avenge a regular season opening 15-12 loss to the Lady Knights.
“They’re buying in to what we’re trying to teach them,” said Lady Stags Coach Boogie Grooms. “Their hard work is starting to pay dividends.”
Berkeley came into the Stratford game riding a pair of shutouts by Brooklyn Stone, a 2-0 win over West Ashley and a 10-0 thumping of Goose Creek where Stone took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
In the home half of the first the Lady Stags batted around, sending 10 hitters to the plate in the six-run inning.
With one out, Ashtin Kullnat led off with a base hit up the middle. Stone reached on an error and R.J. Reid walked to load the bases. Kullnat scored Berkeley’s first run of the night when Peyton Svagerko reached on an error. After a walk to Blake Ponder forced in a run, Kelston Hilton delivered an RBI single to score Svagerko.
With two-outs Katie Marsch capped the inning with a single, driving in a pair of runs.
The Lady Stags’ bats went stone cold after the first inning, mustering just a pair of hits until a seventh inning comeback fell short.
Against Goose Creek on Mar. 11, Stone came within an eyelash of throwing a no-hitter, giving up a pair of singles in the fifth inning as the Lady Stags cruised to a 10-0 shutout.
Berkeley scored four times in the first and three times in the third before Ashtin Kullinat’s second double of the night plated the final run.
The Lady Stags open their Region 7AAA schedule against James Island and Hanahan this week.