MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm (7-10) hosted Erie/Prophetstown in regional softball action Monday evening. It was a quick game that ended early due to the Panthers big 15-3 lead at the conclusion of the fifth inning.
“This is not the kind of game you want to have to end the season,” BV coach Storm coach Brian Humphrey said. “They outplayed us I’d say in every phase of the game. They out hit us, they out pitched us and they played defense. It was one of those games. We had one really bad inning where we had a combination of walks and a couple of errors and they capitalized on it. They hit the ball well today.”
Storm starting pitcher Irini Petros didn’t get much help from her defense while the Panthers took advantage of errors to build their lead. The Panther’s Kylie Ackerman was the winning pitcher.
The third inning was disastrous for the Storm with the Panthers adding six runs to put the lead at 9-2. While Bureau Valley managed to get a run in each of the first two innings it was the Panther’s two-hit, nine-run third that the Storm could not overcome.
Petros walked the first two batters and then with two on and no outs, Amanda Bertolozzi hit one right into the dirt for a base hit to load the bases. Petros then hit Ackerman with a pitch and the Panthers got their first run of the inning.
Jenna Forward came to the plate and hit the ball to second and made it to first on an error allowing two runners to score. The bases were summarily reloaded thanks in part to a hit and a Petros walk before Lakyn Miner hit a three-run triple.
The Storm’s offense started off positively with Emily Phillips taking a walk, stealing second, and then was driven in by a squeeze bunt put down by Ashley Phillips.
The Panthers followed suit, swinging the bats with Stephanie Thulen hitting in the two-spot getting a base hit and then teammate Claire Kramer singled. Thulen made it to home plate due to an error in center field.
With the game even at 1 in the top of the second, Thulen got a hit and scored two runners putting the score 3-1. In the bottom of the inning Dana Kepner reached on an error at first and scored on a Shelby Weborg base hit. With two runners on and two outs Ashley Phillips flied out.
The Panthers added some insurance in the fourth when Kaeli Kovarac scored on a failed pick-off attempt. In the top of the fifth, Petros was relieved by Darcy Kepner after the Panthers added three more runs. Kepner came in and another run was scored on a wild pitch. Savanna Mettler made across the plate to put the total at 15.
The Storm attempted to rally in the bottom of the fifth facing the fact that if they did not score three runs the game would be called. Emily Phillips made it to first on an error and eventually made it across the plate. The rally deflated as the Storm stranded one runner and the game was called.