Lady Eagles cinderella season ends at regionals

June 14, 2018

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

For as good of a season as the Farwell softball team had this spring, it wasn’t quite able to get over the hump against Meridian. The Lady Mustangs bit the Lady Eagles once again on Saturday, as they handed Farwell a 6-3 season ending loss in a division three regional title game at Standish-Sterling.

“They played us tough,” head coach Steve Klinge said. “We just made a couple of costly errors. Meridian is a good team, they play excellent defense and they don’t make any mistakes and their pitcher throws a lot of strikes.”

The Eagles advanced a runner to third base in the top of the first inning but they were unable to cash in with an early run. The Mustangs put up three runs in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-0 lead and pushed that margin to 5-0 through two innings.

“If you’re going to get us, you better get us early because we’re pretty tough after that,” Klinge said. “Grace had a great game from about the third inning on. I think when we mercied McBain earlier in the day we got a little cocky and things were coming easy for us. We just weren’t ready for the first couple of innings. It was just one of those games, it was unfortunate.”

Farwell put up a fight as they used a two-run single by Grace Saupe in the top of the third to pull within 5-2 and trimmed that gap to 5-3 in the top of the sixth on an RBI double by Mia Fetzer.

Meridian added a key insurance run in the bottom of the sixth and retired Farwell in order in the top of the seventh to finish off the game.

Grace Saupe took the setback for the Eagles, pitching six innings and giving up six runs, three earned on seven hits, six strikeouts and three walks.

Kendall Hickey had two hits to lead the offense.

“I’m proud of them, they played their hearts out,” Klinge said.

Farwell reached the championship thanks to a lopsided 13-0 five inning mercy win over McBain earlier in the day.

“We just hit the snot out of the ball and when we hit and get confidence going, we roll pretty well,” Klinge said. “When Grace gets confident she rolls them over pretty good. We played good defense too. When we have confidence we are a pretty good team, but when we lose confidence we can look pretty young.”

The Eagles scored five runs in the first inning and largely rolled from there, behind another dominant pitching performance by Saupe. She pitched all five innings and gave up just one hit and struck out 11 batters.

Maddie Hensley, Sydney Seybert and Saupe all had multiple hits in the game. Saupe had five RBI, Mia Fetzer drove in two and Harley Crawford drove in one.
Farwell finishes the season 20-10 overall and was third in the Jack Pine Conference behind Beaverton and Meridian.

“Our goal at the first of the year was to not worry about our wins our losses but to peak at the end of the year,” Klinge said. “We lose a great senior in Saupe, but we will have Sydney next year for a pitcher. We just have to start over again.”

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