Liggett senior Courtney Slabaugh was involved in two pivotal double plays to help the Knights win a regional title. photo by Renato Jamett.
June 13, 2013University Liggett senior Ashley Tengler delivered two of the biggest pitching performances of her career to lift the Knights to a Division 4 regional championship last weekend.
She pitched all 14 innings as Liggett beat Wixon St. Catherine of Sienna 1-0 in the regional semifinal and Huron Valley Lutheran 5-0 in the championship game.
"I told myself I had to give 100 percent to myself and my teammates and I didn't want to let them down," Tengler said. "All I could say after winning is we're regional champs. It's a great feeling."
Tengler gave up two hits and struck out three against St. Catherine, and gave up seven hits with four strikeouts against Huron Valley. She faced 51 batters in both games and walked only one.
"Ashley Tengler was outstanding today, throwing two great games without allowing one single run," head coach Ted Alpert said. "We didn't hit the ball very well, outside of the fifth inning against Huron Valley, but our defense was very good and Ashley got it done on the mound."
In the regional title game, the Knights scored a single run in the third inning when junior Emma Nicholas singled home senior Courtney Slabaugh.
They broke open a close game, scoring four times in the fifth.
Sophomore Kacie Wuthrich (2-for-3) led-off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Slabaugh. She scored on junior Lea Evangelista's single.
Evangelista stole second and moved to third on a passed ball.
She scored on freshman Anna Majewski's double and sophomore Taylor Slayton's single scored Majewski with the Knights' fifth and final run.
Evangelista was 2-for-4 and Nicholas, Majewski, Slayton and senior Amber Baldwin had one hit apiece.
In the top of the seventh, Tengler got all three outs via ground balls to Baldwin at third base.
The Knights also turned a 6-4-3 double play in the fifth that erased a lead-off single.
Against St. Catherine, the Knights had only six hits and scored the only run of the game in the second inning.
Senior Julia DeRoo reached on an error and another error moved her to third.
Wuthrich came through with a run-scoring single.
However, the Knights left both runners stranded.
Liggett's defense turned in a huge play in the fifth inning when it turned a 5-4-2 double play when St. Catherine had a runner on third base and tried to bunt her home.
Baldwin fielded the ball, looked the runner back, and threw the runner out at first with Slabaugh covering.
Slabaugh threw home to Majewski, who tagged out the runner trying to score for the inning-ending double play.
With the wins, Liggett improved to 26-4 overall.