Village Christian Girls’ Softball cruises in dominating 13-5 win against Valley Christian
The Village Christian Crusaders girls softball team hosted the Valley Christian Defenders on Thursday, April 6th, 2023, seeking revenge after losing a close one to the Defenders on Tuesday at 5-4. In a battle for 2nd place within the Olympic League, the Crusaders responded with a huge 9-run inning in the bottom of the 5th inning, coasting to a 13-5 win over the Defenders. With the win, Village Christian improves their league record to 3-1 and a 10-5-1 record overall. Valley Christian drops their first league game of the season with a 5-3 record overall.
Junior right-handed pitcher Bree Brennan took the mound for Village Christian in a pitching matchup against right-hander Bella Bulthuis of Valley Christian. The Defenders carried the momentum from Tuesday’s win early on in the contest, going ahead 1-0 in the top of the 3rd inning with an RBI single from catcher Peyton Kingery. Bulthuis added an RBI single at the top of the 4th to extend the Valley Christian lead to 2-0.
Without panic, the Crusaders responded with a 4 run, 4 hit inning, highlighted by a 3-run home run by senior catcher Fiona Hemstreet, giving Village Christian a 4-2 lead after the bottom of the 4th inning.
Valley Christian returned the favor with 2 runs of their own, sparked by another single from Kingery and an outfield error from Village Christian, putting 2 runners on second and third base. First baseman Kayla Martin of the Defenders added a double, one of her three hits, to tie the game up 4-4 in the top of the 5th inning.
With the game in the balance, Village Christian was able to blow the game wide open with their 4 hits and 9 runs at the bottom of the 5th inning. After a lead off single from sophomore center fielder Sydney Millman, the Crusaders followed up with a walk and two stolen bases, bringing runners to second and third base. Village Christian loaded up the bases with a walk from junior left fielder Gwynn Swanson. Down to their last out of the inning with bases loaded, the Crusaders remained patient at the plate, walking the next three hitters extending their lead 7-4. Freshman third baseman Leah Mosley knocked in three more runs with a double to make it 10-4. Village Christian got on base three more times in the inning, finishing the 5th inning with a 13-4 lead.
Valley Christian added one more run in the top of the 7th, but Bree Brennan was able to secure the win for the Crusaders. Brennan finished the day with 110 pitches, 8 strikeouts, 1 earned run, 2 walks and 7 hits allowed. Brennan, the Crusaders’ leader in batting average, also contributed on the offensive end adding 4 hits and an RBI to her total. Village Christian coach John Forgerson continues to be impressed with his starting pitcher Brennan, “She’s been dominant all year long. An absolute killer at the plate….doing a great job!”.
Village Christian will look to build on this victory as they host a non-league tournament doubleheader against Arleta and Faith Baptist on Saturday. Valley Christian will look to shake off this loss as they travel to Whittier Christian on Tuesday for another league match.