Elizabeth girls come up short in softball slugfest

18-11 home game goes to visiting D’Evelyn team

Posted 8/31/18

The distinctive sound of an aluminum bat solidly connecting with the softball was heard often as Elizabeth came out on the short end of an 18-11 score in the Aug. 29 non-league soccer game played on …

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Elizabeth girls come up short in softball slugfest

18-11 home game goes to visiting D’Evelyn team

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The distinctive sound of an aluminum bat solidly connecting with the softball was heard often as Elizabeth came out on the short end of an 18-11 score in the Aug. 29 non-league soccer game played on the Cardinals’ home field.

“While we are a young team with six freshmen on the varsity, we do have a lineup of talented players,” Cardinals coach Steve Biller said. “We are still working through some things but I can see improvement and I feel we are coming together. We have made some mistakes in the early going but I think we are coming together and we are tightening up some things. We have good potential as a team and we are getting better every time we take the field. I feel we will do pretty well when we start playing league opponents.”

Weather conditions were good when the Elizabeth and D’Evelyn teams took the field Aug. 29. It was sunny and warm but there was a strong wind blowing from left to right across the field. There were several times when outfielders from both teams had to make adjustments to account for the wind slightly altering the flight of the ball.

Both teams hit the ball hard and often in the Aug. 29 as they combined for a total of 31 hits and scored a total of 29 runs.

The Jaguars had a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the third inning, but when the Cardinals came to bat in the bottom of the third they took a 6-5 lead in on a home run with two on by freshman catcher Elyssa Bain. The Cardinals went up 11-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Elizabeth scoring included a grand slam homer by Cardinal pitcher Kylie Pfannensteil.

But D’Evelyn regained the lead with 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 15-11 lead and went on to win the game 18-11.

Pfannensteil went the distance on the mound for the Cardinals. She struck out five and issued four walks.

“I liked the rush from being on the mound so I became a pitcher,” the junior said. “I like softball but it isn’t my only sport. I also compete in rodeo. I do barrel racing and break-away calf roping.”

She said her best pitches are the drop ball and throwing the screw ball. She said the rise ball is also a good pitch for her.

“I like softball and I guess I got into softball because my mother played. She was my coach when I was younger,” she said. “I like being a pitcher and I want to work hard to improve my pitching so I can do everything I can to help our team win games.”

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