By Rob Kiser
Piqua senior catcher Reynna Lavey “slammed” Monroe Wednesday.
Then, the Lady Indians slammed the door on a Fairmont rally Thursday to win their fourth straight game and improve to 15-4.
In Wednesday’s 11-0 victory in five innings over Monroe, Lavey came to the plate with one out and the bases loaded and Piqua leading 5-0.
“It was nice to finally get a grand slam,” Lavey said with a smile. “I have had home runs before , but never a grand slam.”
She said that was not what she was thinking when she came to plate.
“I was just looking to move the runners,” Lavey said. “It felt good coming off the bat. Once, you have hit a home run, you know when you have hit one.”
You could say Lavey made a “splash” with that swing.
“That was just a shot,” he said. “They have a scoreboard out in leftfield. It went clear over the scoreboard and landed in the pond.”
Lavey was not the only one swinging a hot bat.
Rayna Brownlee had two doubles, Megan Anderson was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Lexi Gordon was 2-for-3 with one RBI, Alyssa Jones was 2-for-4, Lavey was 3-for-4 and finished with five RBIs, Kyla Blankenship had one RBI and Mariah Blankenship was 2-for-2.
Kyla Blankenship was almost unhittable on the mound, pitching a one-hitter, with five strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.
“Kyla (Blankenship) continues to throw the ball well,” Claprood said. “Rayna (Brownlee) had two doubles and is really starting to swing the bat well. Those are things we need.”
Against Fairmont Thursday, Piqua took advantage of two first-inning errors by Fairmont to take a 4-0 lead.
Anderson singled and scored from first on Gordon’s bunt when Fairmont threw the ball away.
Gordon avoided a tag at home on Lavey’s fielder’s choice, Jones scored when Kyla Blankenship reached on an error and Mariah Blankenship had a RBI single.
Piqua made it 5-0 in the second when Jones had a RBI single and Anderson scored in fourth after singling to make it 6-0.
But, Fairmont scored four runs in the fifth after two were out to make it 6-4.
With one runner on, leadoff batter Kierrah Parker switched to the right side and drilled a triple to the left-field fence.
Taylor Baer had a RBI single and Shelbi Tharps had a RBI double and came around to score on a wild pitch.
“I hate two out rallies,” Claprood said. “The leadoff batter switched sides and that is on us as coaches to recognize that.”
But Blankesnship, who allowed just four hits and had eight strikeouts, allowed just one base runner over the final two innings.
In the seventh, Fairmont pitcher Keira Teserovitch hit a ball that seemed ticketed for extra bases before centerfielder Megan Anderson caught it at the fence for the first out.
“That was huge,” Claprood said. “I don’t think there is a better centerfielder in the GWOC — North, South or Central — then Megan Anderson.”
A strikeout and a line out to Gordon at second ended the game and gave Piqua its fourth straight win headed into two games Saturday at Middletown Madison.
“It feels really good to have won every game this week — especially with six games this week,” Lavey said.
And the “slam” just made it feel that much better.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.