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Westview struggles to get bats going vs. Cavmen

Westview High’s season came to an end Monday afternoon in a gritty pitcher’s dual against Grants Pass High.

Westview pitcher Abby Greer was terrific throughout the afternoon. She gave up just four hits, walked none and allowed two runs, both earned.

Grants Pass pitcher Amy Robinson was nearly flawless, though. She allowed just one hit and hit one batter with a pitch. That was it. Westview never got a runner past second base and the Wildcats fell 2-0 in the first round of the Oregon Schools and Activities Association Class 6A playoffs.

“One, (Robinson) is a very good pitcher,” Westview coach Ronda McKenzie said. “She throws some different pitches and moves the ball around and has some changes of speeds. Two, hitting is a mentality. It’s a habit and we haven’t made that a habit to really produce offensively on a consistent basis this year. That’s where our yoyo performance has hurt us.”

Westview, who took second place in the Metro League behind Aloha with an 11-4 conference record, finished the season with a 16-12 record.

Greer took down the first six batters. Then, in the top of the third, Greer gave up a leadoff single to left field. She got the next two hitters to pop up bunt attempts and the third hitter to ground out to second base and the Wildcats went back to the dugout with the score still tied 0-0.

“I was hitting my spots,” Greer said. “My curveball and my riseball were good. My defense was playing really well.”

The Lady Cavers put themselves ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of a one out bomb by Nicole Godwin. The Grants Pass third baseman geared up for a 1-0 fastball and sent a shot deep to left centerfield that cleared the fence by at least 20 feet.

“I missed my spot,” Greer said. “She hit it out.”

At the plate, Westview was completely baffled by Robinson. The Grants Pass right-hander retired the side in the first three innings. Finally, in the bottom of the fourth inning, Westview got its first base runner when Wildcats second baseman Kylie Alto singled to rightfield. Alto moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Christy Garrett. Westview could not bring Alto around to score, though. After a pop up and a strikeout, the Wildcats were retired still trailing 1-0.

Godwin continued to be a thorn in Greer’s side in the top of the sixth inning. Godwin scorched a ball back up the box that nearly took Greer’s head off for a two out single. Greer was able to strike out the next batter, though, and keep the Wildcats within striking distance.

Striking distance, of course, was a relative term with the way Robinson was pitching. She retired the side in order in the fifth inning and was on her way to doing so again in the sixth inning when she hit a batter with a pitch and put her on first base with two outs. Robinson got the next batter to ground out and the Wildcats were down to their final three outs at the plate.

The top of the seventh inning began rocky for the Wildcats when Sadie Zozaya doubled to the leftfield wall and gave the Lady Cavers a runner in scoring position with no outs. Greer struck out the next hitter, for the first out of the frame. She then got a batter to ground out to short stop. While the Wildcats were able to throw the runner out at first for the second out of the inning, Zozaya moved to third base.

Grants Pass catcher Aleah Stevens then hit a soft grounder to the short stop and was just able to beat out the throw to first. Zozaya scored and Westview trailed 2-0. Greer struck out the next hitter and the Wildcats went to the dugout for their final at bat.

Westview went 1-2-3 in the final inning, though, and their season was over.

When the dust had settled, McKenzie said that the Wildcats had a good season. Next year, though, she will challenge her team to have a great season.

“What I told the girls is that we had a good season,” McKenzie said. “We’re capable of having a great season. That’s my challenge for them next year. We only lose one senior so it’s basically the entire team returning. They have the potential to be a great team, not just a good team.”