BY HAILEY MALLENDICK | MIRROR SPORTS — Anthony Wayne girls softball wrapped up its season on May 29 with one final Northern Lakes League face-off against Perrysburg.
The Generals edged out a victory in a 2-0 shutout over the Yellow Jackets, earning them a share of the NLL championship.
“Things went our way today and Perrysburg is a great program with great players, so we are extremely happy to get out of here with a win,” said AW coach Ron Myers.
In the circle, it was an even match between Anthony Wayne senior Jenna Hardy and Perrysburg’s Claire Feldkamp.
Hardy gave up just three hits, no runs and two walks and had five strikeouts in her seven innings on the mound.
Feldkamp struck out an impressive six batters while allowing six hits, two runs and one walk during her six- inning stint.
The Generals managed to edge out a win due to their performance at the plate and key offensive plays.
Senior Makayla Cowan led the way by going 2-for-3 and scoring a run.
“Makayla had a great day overall – she came out and chewed it up,” Myers said.
Junior Jade Ramer and seniors Alyssa Ansara (one run) and Hardy each went 1-for-3.
Senior Cailey Miller and Hardy had the only two RBI of the game, while freshman Kennedy Cowan added one walk to the effort.
The Yellow Jackets’ best opportunity to score came in the top of the third frame.
Reyann Kruger was at the plate with Abby Seeley on second and hit a high fly ball to right field, where the AW fielder missed the catch.
The Generals offense then leaped into action with Makayla Cowan chasing Kruger to tag her out between first and second and then throwing the ball to senior catcher Maddie Rios, who tagged Seeley out as she attempted to run home.
“We work on going after the lead runner. Makayla maintained her composure tracking the runner at home,” Myers said.
The game remained 0-0 until the bottom of the sixth, when AW scored twice.
The first run came from Ansara, who crossed home plate on a fly hit by Miller, followed by a second run from Makayla Cowan on a hit by Hardy.
“I’m going to miss Hardy and Miller and all of the seniors. I am extremely proud of all of them,” Myers said.
The Generals finished the season with an overall record of 22-5 and an NLL record of 12-2, which earned them a share of the title with Springfield.
“Here in varsity, we had a very successful year winning the NLL and getting better throughout the year to win our last game of the season,” Myers concluded.