Christian Heritage 8, Holy Innocents 0 (five innings)
Christian Heritage was dominant in its first playoff game on Wednesday night, but coach Mike Leonard said there's still a long way to go.
Junior Tatiana Chiesa pitched a no-hitter in five innings and had seven strikeouts to lead the Lady Lions (12-9) to a win in the first game of their first-round Class A-Private best two-out-of-three series at home with Holy Innocents, 8-0. Elisa Costello was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a diving catch at second base, while MacKenzie Hoffman was 1-for-1 with two runs scored.
"We had certain things that we asked them to do during the game, and they weren't exactly listening," Leonard said. "In order for us to beat really good teams, we have to be more disciplined at what we do.
"We weren't listening, and it made me ill."
To get things going early, Tessa Hawkins hit a sacrifice fly for the first run for the Lady Lions in the first inning. Leonard was pleased with how everything did turn out, he said, despite the distractions.
Christian Heritage hosts the second game of the series at 4 p.m. today, and game three will immediately follow if necessary.
"We've got great pitching," Leonard said. "Tatiana doesn't throw it real, real hard, but she spins it extremely well. Our defense has really developed and our infield has really become solidified.
"What we have to do is just be a little bit better at the plate."
Coahulla Creek 4, Franklin County 3 (game one)
Franklin County 8, Coahulla Creek 5 (game two)
Coahulla Creek split its first two games of a first-round Class 3A playoff series at Franklin County on Wednesday night, and will play a game three today to determine the winner of the series.
The Lady Colts (15-9) won the first game, 4-3. Sophia Voyles pitched all seven innings and recorded seven strikeouts. Jillian Poe was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, while RJ Janke was 1-for-1 with one RBI. Emma Snyder had the other RBI as the team finished with just three hits.
"We were feeling pretty confident, that was a big win," Coahulla Creek coach Josh Swiney said of the team's first outing.
In game two, Coahulla Creek took an early lead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, but had to fight for the remainder of the game when Franklin County responded with four runs in the next frame, as the comeback for the Lady Colts fell short.
Voyles pitched the first two innings, and Poe finished the game. The two combined for five strikeouts. Poe had a three-run home run and finished with four RBIs to lead the offense. Tatum Poe was 2-for-3.
"Going into that second game (Franklin County) did a really good job of getting bunts down and they got some big hits," Swiney said. "Really proud of Jillian. She had a big game."
Today's deciding game is at 5 p.m. at Franklin County.
"It'll be a good battle tomorrow, but obviously proud of the girls tonight," Swiney said.