Banes scores sweep of ‘A’ Div. championships
Scoring a sweep, Banes Machine Shop/Banes Plumbing scored key victories today to capture both the Medina Women’s Softball League ‘A’ Division regular season and playoff championships.
Banes opened the day by downing Orleans Vets 12-8 in a special tie breaker game for the regular season title after the two teams had finished the season deadlocked at 8-2.
Banes later capped off the day by scoring in 5 of 6 innings to nip Jr. Wilson 8-6 in the second and deciding title round game to capture the playoff championship.
Jr. Wilson had sent the playoffs to the limit by winning the first title contest 7-4 as Banes was blanked in 6 of the 7 innings.
Banes used a 4 run first inning scoring burst and a 6 run fourth frame to key the tie breaker victory over Orleans Vets.
Kathy Allen had 4 hits, including a pair of doubles, to lead the Banes offense as Robin Blaun and Sue Seefeldt both added 2.
Banes also edged past Orleans Vets 7-5 in the winners bracket final as Blaun, Allen, Jamie Chatt and Sarah Surdel all had hits to key a 4 run fourth inning.
The opening game of the title round saw Jr. Wilson snap a scoreless deadlock by tallying twice in the fourth frame on hits by Sara Flansburg and Michelle Crandall and an error.
Jr. Wilson upped the advantage to 7-0 by scoring three times in the fifth frame as Flansburg had a double and twice in the sixth on a double by Jackie Gudzek and a single by Flansburg.
Banes, which finally broke onto the scoreboard with 4 runs in the seventh on a two-run double by Chatt and RBI singles by Surdel and Amy Allis, kept the momentum going into the second and deciding title round contest.
Banes erupted four 4 quick first inning runs in that contest on a two-run double by Allen, and RBI double by Seefeldt and a run producing single by Surdel.
Connie Heschke, who ignited that uprising with a single, tacked on an RBI triple in the second inning and Allen added an RBI single in the third to make it 6-3. A fielders choice play off the bat of Blaun later added a run in the fifth an en error plated the final tally in the sixth.
Heschke, Seefeldt, Allen and Allis each finished with 2 hits.
Jr. Wilson got on the scoreboard with 3 runs in the third on a two-run single by Flansburg and an RBI single by Sami Johnson.
Jr. Wilson later pulled to within one at 6-5 after scoring twice in the fifth on an error and a single by Flansburg but could not pull even.
Flansburg, who also had an RBI single in the seventh, finished with 3 hits as did Jodi Zacher.
Defensively each team turned a pair of double plays. Heschke and Blaun keyed the double plays for Banes as did Johnson and Bri Gudzek for Jr. Wilson.