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Brandilyn Reymer Proves Her Worth to Ashland as she is winning pitcher in doubleheader sweep of host Lady Fliers!
Today a 1-3 Ashland High Varsity Softball team greeted our Lady Fliers on Joe Wilson Field. The Lady Fliers had begun 4-0, but today they ran into a fine junior hurler and fell 4-2 and 8-2. Brandilyn Reymer, one of two touted Arrow pitchers, showed the blue and gold a 66 mph fastball mixed in with a mesmerizing changeup. The Lady Fliers managed five hits in the first game and four in the second. Meanwhile, the power pitcher struck out eleven of the local teens in game one and seven in four innings of relief in the second.
Kamdyn Taylor, senior shortstop, and third baseman Kendall Bailey had two hits each in the opener. Emily Hammer, Skylar Colvin, and senior catcher, Kinsley Taylor each stroked a hit in the nightcap.
In game one, a chilly wind challenged the girls on both teams. Ashland jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against freshman pitcher, Maddie Dukeshire.
The leadoff batter walked. The next batter was thrown out by Kinsley Taylor with the runner advancing. Junior shortstop Kristen Stromack, the three hole hitter knocked the first run with a single. Two batters later Kristen scored on a single from the five hole hitter. Kendall Bailey off the home half of first with a safety, but next three batters were put out by infielders.
In the second, Ashland scored two more runs in just one hit, another single by Kristen Stromack. Mixed in were two walks, a passed ball, and a sacrifice. Senior Sami Friend reached on an error to start the Flier second, but again was left on the base paths.
The Fliers, meanwhile, were trying to figure out the fastest pitcher they had yet to face. They garnered only two hits in the first six innings off Brandilyn. The right handed hurler struck out nine with the only hits allowed being from the two freshmen, Maddie and Skylar. The girls did gain a great opportunity in the bottom of the seventh. Outfielder Grace Knehr was hit by a pitch. Emily Hammer then doubled. The next batter, Kinsley Taylor, drove in two with a single. Still, no out. However, Kennedy Brown struck out, Kam lined to short. Two out and one on. Kendall stepped up and slapped a single. Unfortunately, Brandelyn struck out the second hole hitter, and the Fliers walked off the Diamond, losers for the first time in five games.
In game two, Skylar Colvin started against a new Arrow pitcher, a sophomore. She held the hosts scoreless for two innings.
Meanwhile, against Skylar, the Arrows plated two tallies to open game two. Two walks and a double produced the two Ashland runs. In the second, two walks, a passed ball, a sacrifice bunt, and just one hit sent two more Arrows across the dish. The Fliers cut the lead in half in their third. Kam Taylor led off with a base on balls. Kendall Bailey then singled her to second. The next batter, Maddie Dukeshire walked to load the bases with no one yet out. Skylar then lined a shot to the third. The runners held. Taylor Gray doubt bled to send in Kam with the Lady Fliers first run. After a ground out, Emily Hammer tripled in the second and last Flier run of the game.
The Fliers saw Brandelyn return to the circle to close them out for the final four innings. Only Kamdyn, the nine hole hitter, had any success against her. The surehanded shortstop singled twice against the high octane thrower. The score remained close, but finally, the Arrows erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh. They would wind up winning 8-2. The Arrows wound up with six hits, received six walks and struck out nine times.
After the twinbill, Cgsnewsflier caught up with Mindy Baker, the Ashland Coach. Her team came to CLYDE with a 1-3 record but the Arrows had faced two extremely good teams in undefeated Mount Vernon and always tough Oregon Clay. “On a scale of 10, I would rate our performance here a 7. We can hit better than we did, but possibly both teams were affected by the cold windy conditions when batting. I was pleased with our pitchers….again in uncomfortable conditions, our two did quite well.”
For the Lady Fliers, the two losses came at the hands of a quality team. Ashland might be arguably one of the best teams until tourney time. The Arrows are Division one, yet our girls competed right there with them. Only in the final Arrow at bat, did the blue and gold lose sight of possible victory.
Now 4-2 and 1-0 in the Lake Division, Coach Marshall’s girls travel to Norwalk on Monday. In fact, with the weather looking promising, our teens likely will play softball each day next week. And what a wonderful thing that will be..for our Lady Fliers will only get better and better.