The Wilson Lady Eagles must beat Ringling twice today in Jefferson County to win a district title. The Lady Eagles get their first shot at the Class A No. 7 Lady Blue Devils at 1:30 p.m. today. If Wilson wins, they'll force an if-necessary game.
CORNISH — With her 3-for-4 day at the plate, and her four-hitter in the circle, Wilson’s Courtney Schiralli helped extend her team’s season another day.
With a 13-3 win against Ryan Wednesday at Ringling softball field, Wilson will play at 1:30 p.m. today with its season on the line.
The Lady Eagles face elimination because Ringling beat them 19-1 in Game 3 of district play.
Wilson (5-13) opened district play with a 13-3, six-inning, win against Ryan.
Schiralli, the Lady Eagles’ lead-off hitter, finished a home run shy of the cycle. She also had a second-inning sacrifice bunt.
Wilson’s No. 2 hitter, Makayla Raines, went 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. She had a pair of run-scoring triples.
The No. 3 hitter, Bethani Ross, went 2-for-4 with an RBI. She also reached as a hit batsman.
Taylor Osteen, the No. 4 hitter, went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.
In the circle, Schiralli — a sophomore — retired the first six Cowgirls hitters she faced. Ryan’s second hit came with two outs in the fourth, and it drove in a run. The second and third run scored on a bases-loaded hit by pitch and error, respectively.
Schiralli scattered four singles, two of which occurred in the sixth inning. She finished with three strikeouts.
First-year Wilson coach Callie Brewer’s team has two upperclassmen: first baseman Kadie Gentry is a junior and left fielder Connar Battles is a senior.
“I’d match my team athletically up to anybody,” she said. “We needed to mature, because we are super young. Getting more mature as the season’s progressed, getting more reps in, I think that’s what has helped us.”
On Sept. 14, when Wilson hosted the Turner Falcons, Ross played third base. It’s a credit to her athleticism that Brewer moved her to shortstop.
“Bethani has the range, so I moved her to shortstop, and she’s really done a good job,” Brewer said. “She’s only been there about a week, but she’s doing a fantastic job.”
“Our third baseman, Chelsea Nipp, is new. She’s come in, been a golden glove over there and it’s really helped us out.”
Moreover, Brewer described Taylor Wolf as a utility player, who moved from the infield to, on Tuesday, right field.
“She’s fit out there,” Brewer said, “just fine.”
During Game 3 against Ringling, Ross showed her range, moving to her left to keep a couple of hits on the infield.
“If we just keep working hard — we’ve gotten better every game,” Brewer said. “Our record doesn’t reflect it, but we have improved.”