Wildkits Maul Grizzlies 22-3

Pitcher Jenna Ehrensaft held the Payton Grizzlies in the top of the first.  She struck out their leadoff hitter before the second hitter reached on an infielld single.  The Grizzlies’ third batter hit a shot to right, but right fielder Sara Holmes was heads up and forced the runner who was tagging up in case the ball was caught.  Jenna Ehrensaft then struck out the clean up hitter to hold the opposition to zero in the top of the first.
Ehrensaft then singled to start the offense for the Wildkits.  Caroline Duke fouled off numerous pitches and worked a walk to give the Wildkits two runners on and no one out.  Jessica Moore walked and Cat McCarron singled to bring in the first run of the game.  There was then a pop up to the shortstop, and we had bases loaded and one out.  Kelsey Coley and Megan Lindeman both reached base safely to give the Wildkits a three run lead.  Sara Holmes then ripped a bases clearing double down the left field line to give the Wildkits a 6 run lead in the first inning. 

Kristin Managlia traded places with Holmes as she hit a double to deep right-center.  Jenna Ehrensaft singled to right and Cat McCarron ripped a two RBI double to right field.  With runners on second and third, Yardena Grumet-Morris hit a bomb to deep left field for a homerun and a 13 run first inning.  The Wildkits then grounded out hard to the infield to end the inning.
The Wildkit defense remained solid in the second.  Yardena Grumet-Morris made a great play of a foul pop-up to start the inning.  Kristin Managlia caught a line drive and Caroline Duke caught a high pop-up and they came back to hit. 
Sara Holmes singled to start the second inning.  Natalie Allen walked, and Jenna Ehrensaft singled to bring Holmes home.  There was then a pop up to the first baseman for the first out.  Jessica Moore singled to load the bases  Cat McCarron lined out to first for the second out, and then Yardena Grumet-Morris came up with another bases clearing hit – this time it was a double, and brought in her 4th, 5th, and 6th RBIs of the game.  Shakiyra Everette walked before Megan Lindeman lined out to shortstop.
Shortstop Jessica Moore started the third inning with an amazing defensive play, as she robbed the Grizzlies of a hit up the middle, set her feet, and threw the batter/runner out from the right side of second base.  The Grizzles singled, but Sarah Denton caught a pop-up in no man’s land, and Ehrensaft struck out the last batter of the inning. 
After one out, Natalie Allen reached base safely to start the third inning of offense.  Jenna Ehrensaft slapped a single, and Sarah Denton singled to load the bases.  Emma Lehman then hit an RBI single up the middle to bring in Allen.  Cat McCarron hit a hard shot to second base and was thrown out at first, but brought Ehrensaft in to score.  Shakiyra Everett had the third RBI of the inning.
The Grizzlies scored their runs in the fourth inning on a double by Anna Christianson and a single by Sania Dukovic.  Jenna Ehrensaft struck out one of the batters and Emma Lehman made plays on two ground balls to shortstop to end the inning.
Chiyanne Thompson walked to start the bottom of the fourth inning and Natalie Allen singled.  Jenna Ehrensaft grounded out to the shortstop to score Thompson.  Sarah Denton walked before Emma Lehman hit a deep fly ball to right field for a Sac fly RBI.  Cat McCarron lined out to shortstop to end the inning.
The Kits preserved the win by mercy rule when they held the Grizzlies in the top of the fifth inning.  Jenna Ehrensaft made a great play on a bunt to get the first batter.  Emma Lehman forced a runner at second, and Shakiyra Everett made a great running catch in left field to rob the batter of an extra base hit and end the game.
The Kits fell to the Whitney Young Dolphins in a game well played by both teams.   
The game went back and forth between the teams and Whitney Young got one extra hit in the last inning to give them the win. 

The Northside Prep game, 8-5, was also a disappointment for the Wildkits. Allie Managlia came back from being hit in the knee with a line drive to strike out the side in the last inning.  The Mustangs of Northside Prep put together 11 hits, including 5 extra base hits to put their 8 runs on the board.  The Wildkits never gave up and came back with 2 runs in the 6th inning and 2 runs in the seventh inning.  It was another well played game by both teams, and one team had to come out on top. 
On May 12 the Kits lost to the Niles West Wolves, 7-2. Pitcher Allie Managlia had 6 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. Cat McCarron  was 2 for 3 RBI, and Chiyanne Thompson, 2 for 4.