Softball: Beaver homer caps Alvord win – Third baseman’s blast ends four-run sixth

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 23, 2016
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MAKING CONTACT – Alvord’s Mikena Mader connects for a RBI-single in the fourth inning of the Lady Bulldogs’ victory over Valley View Monday. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

Before her at-bat in the bottom of the sixth Monday, Kaely Beaver searched for some advice.

“She asked me right before that at-bat am I too close to the plate. I asked where she was hitting the ball and she said right off the handle,” explained Alvord coach Tony Brazeal. “I told her maybe. I don’t know if that helped or not.”

The adjustment paid off for Beaver and the Lady Bulldogs. The third baseman belted a three-run homer over the right-center field fence. The three-run shot capped a four-run frame for the Lady Bulldogs in the 9-5 victory over Valley View.

“I just wanted to hit the ball. I haven’t been hitting the ball good the last couple of games,” Beaver said. “It comes and goes. That was my third home run. That’s been all the good hits I’ve had.”

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in District 12-2A and will be off until Friday’s game at home against Tioga.

“We’ve got three good wins against good teams,” Brazeal said.

“We didn’t have our best effort today. But we had people come through for us and different people at different times. We played as a team.”

Alvord needed a pair of comebacks to stay atop the district. Valley View scored two runs in the top of the first and plated another three in the third to go up 5-3.

Reagan Guthrie’s two-run single tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the first.

Britney Gayler, who went 3-for-4 and reached base four times, drove in runs on singles in the second and fourth innings. Mikena Mader added a RBI-single in the fourth to tie the game at 5.

Gayler, who snared a line drive in the top half of the inning, started the sixth-inning rally by blasting a one-out single off the fence. Guthrie put Alvord ahead with a seeing-eye single up the middle to score Gayler.

Beaver then provided three insurance runs on her homer.

“Kaely started the season pounding the ball and then hit a little slump,” Brazeal said. “She’s starting to come out of it now.”

Mader pitched around a one-out walk in the top of the seventh to secure the win. Mader allowed the five runs on seven hits. She gave up just one hit over the final four scoreless innings. She struck out nine, walked three and hit a batter.

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