Wheaton takes fifth at Seneca tourney
The Wheaton Lady Bulldogs took fifth place in the Seneca Lady Indians Tournament on Sept. 14 with a 2-0 win in a seven inning pitching duel against Southwest.
Both pitchers threw well enough to win, but Wheaton's Karlee Mason came away the victor, tossing a two-hit shutout.
Mason benefited from lock-down defense, but she also helped herself in a big way in the top of the first.
After Southwest's Sydney Delossantos reached on an error and promptly stole second, Mason struck out the side to eliminate the Lady Trojans' threat.
Southwest's Kayleigh Ennis scattered eight hits and worked around two errors in taking the loss.
Ennis's defense was solid for five innings, but in the bottom of the sixth the Lady Bulldogs plated two runs when Southwest blinked at the wrong time.
Wheaton's Mason, who was two for three on the afternoon, smashed a one-out double, which was followed by a single by Shalea Tate, scoring Mason after an error by a Southwest outfielder.
Tate stole second and eventually scored on an RBI groundout by Wheaton's Crystal Alvarado, giving the Lady Bulldogs a two-run lead heading into the top of the seventh.
After being retired in order during the second, third and fourth innings, Southwest attempted to make some noise in the top of the fifth.
With two outs, Southwest's Kendra Hayworth drew a walk. It was followed by Whitney Curry reaching on an error.
Holly Crow broke up the no-hitter with an infield squibber, which loaded the bases. Mason got Delossantos to ground out to Wheaton's Emily Killion to extinguish the Lady Trojans' threat.
Southwest's Jessica Morgan led the top of the sixth off with a loud double. She stole third with two outs, but was unable to score, as Mason retired Kenzie Harvey on a fly to leftfield.
Southwest went down in order in the top half of the seventh, as Wheaton continued to make plays on defense.
Wheaton's defense was highlighted in the seventh by a one-out diving grab on a pop-up behind the dish by the Lady Bulldogs' catcher. Wheaton's Carmen Young made a diving catch on the foul ball.
"I tip my hat to Wheaton," said Southwest coach Tony Eagleburger. "They made some huge defensive plays behind Mason and their freshman pitcher (Mason) has a very bright future We just couldn't come up with the two-out, timely hit. I don't know whether to congratulate Mason or their defense more. I was impressed by both."