The Fairfield Lady Lions softball team traveled to Pickerington High School Central on Saturday to face off against the Danville Lady Blue Devils in the Div. IV regional tournament final. The Lady Lions ended their sensational season with a disappointing 7-1 loss. The Lady Lions fell one win short of reaching the State Tournament for the second year in a row.
The Lady Lions offense was uncharacteristically out of sync against the Lady Blue Devils leaving eight runners stranded throughout the seven inning game.
Carli Reiber, Sherri Heckathorn, Lauren Arnold, and Megan Gragg were the only three Fairfield players to register hits on the day.
Reiber slammed a double to the center-field fence in the first inning but was left on base following consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.
Heckathorn, Arnold, and Gragg all registered hits in the seventh inning. Arnold got things going with a hard hit double to left field. After the next batter was retired and Shania Setty reached base on a walk Gragg came up big with an RBI single past the Lady Blue Devils third baseman Parker. Heckathorn followed up with a single of her own to load the bases. Reiber hit into a fielders choice and reached first base while the Lady Blue Devils elected to get the force out on Setty at the plate. The Lady Lions rally would fall short as Kaiti White hit a fly ball to left-fielder for the final out.
The Lady Blue Devils were led offensively by K. Duncan who hit a monster solo homerun to straightaway center-field as the lead-off batter in the bottom of the second inning. K. Duncan also smashed a double to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning and reached third on a throwing error by the Lady Lions.
Fairfield finished the season with an impressive 20-2 overall record. Head Coach Mark Detwiller said after the loss, “We are losing three seniors from this team Kourtnie Smith, Sherri Heckathorn, and Shania Setty. Those kids will be hard to replace.” Coach Detwiller also revealed that three of his players were playing with various injuries effecting their lower body. “I got three kids that really by right shouldn’t even be playing ball, but you know they are coming out here every day giving their heart and soul….its been a real pleasure working with them.”
Reach Ryan Applegate at 937-402-2572, or on Twitter @RCApplegate89.