By Riley Hicks
Only allowing one hit and no runs through five innings, pitcher Rebecca Muh had another standout performance Wednesday night. As only a freshman, Muh continues to make herself known to opposing teams and someone to watch out for.
In a pitcher’s duel, the McIntosh Chiefs (8-6) defeated the Sandy Creek Patriots (3-7) 4-2. Both Muh and freshman pitcher Kaliyah Smith of the Patriots made it tough for anyone team to get a hit.
“We are very pleased with our effort,” Chiefs head coach Carlie Anderson said. “It was good to get back on the field and get things in motion, and a good job by our seniors tonight.”
In the top of the first inning, Muh went three up and three down, recording three straight strikeouts to retire the side. When the Chiefs went to bat, Megan McCamphill got on base with a single, and Hayley Gill hit one over the head of the first baseman for a double and a RBI to make the score 1-0 at the end of the first inning.
In the second inning, the results remained the same for the Patriots, as they brought only three batters to the plate. Two of them struck out, and another, trying to lead off first base, got caught and thrown out. In the bottom half, Patriot shortstop Erica Bowers helped close the inning, making a heads up play by faking a throw to first and flipping it to second base to catch an aggressive runner off the bag.
The Patriots, in the next two innings, tried to string hits together, but Muh continued to strike them out. The Chiefs extended the lead in the fourth inning. Gill started the inning by drawing a walk, and Morgan Hurd recorded an RBI single. Next, Savannah Moore hit one deep to right field to bring in Hurd and later scored after a hard hit to center by Sydney Hahn to make the score 4-0.
Muh did all the work for the Chiefs if the fifth, striking out two in row, and retiring the side after being nailed by a line drive from Amaya Baptiste but recovering to throw her out at first.
In the sixth, the Patriots finally started to get to Muh. Cecilia Gallard started the side with a single, and would score on a double to center from Smith. Lily Metsker hit the ball back to center to bring in Smith and draw the lead to 4-2.
Muh calmed herself and threw a strikeout to end the rally.
“I remember to stay with my mechanics,” said Muh. “I know I can get through this. I know my team is behind me, and they will make the plays.”
In the top of seventh, Muh back to the mound hoping to put the game away. She did just that by adding two more strikeouts to her total. Muh ended the night, putting together 16 strikeouts and only allowing seven hits.
“She is a very hard worker,” said Anderson. “She is very focused and it takes a lot to rattle her, and catcher Hayley Gill and Muh, that combo right there is doing a great job for us.”
The Patriots look to get back in the win column as they play at home tonight at 5:30 p.m. against the Dutchtown Bulldogs (3-7).
“We struggled early swinging the bats against a really good pitcher on the other side,” said Sandy Creek coach Cody Sweeney. “We kept fighting until the end and never gave up.”
The Chiefs’ next game is back at McIntosh as they host the Whitewater Wildcats (11-4) tonight at 5:30 p.m.
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