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Knights' offense soars to quarters

Liggett junior Kacie Wuthrich takes off for second base in the Knights' win over Grass Lake. photo by Renato Jamett.

June 12, 2014
The University Liggett girls' softball team flexed its muscles to crush its way to a second straight regional championship last weekend at Manchester High School.

"The girls played very well offensively and defensively," head coach Ted Alpert said. "The girls just crushed the ball and they made every play in the field to help Zarine (Minwalla) on the mound."

The Knights played only five innings due to the mercy rule beating Riverview Gabriel Richard 17-5 in the championship game.

Minwalla earned the win, pitching five innings. She gave up 11 hits, four earned runs, one walk and did not strike out a hitter. Her defense made the plays.

Seniors Angelia Evangelista and Emma Nicholas led the way at both ends of the field. Offensively, Evangelista was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, plus made two nice catches in centerfield to prevent the Pioneers from scoring.

Nicholas was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs, including a long home run. She also was stellar at shortstop.

Sophomore Anna Majewski was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI, while sophomore Emily Kanakry was 3-for-4 with one run and four RBIs.

Junior Taylor Slayton was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and junior Kacie Wuthrich was 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Wuthrich's sound defense at third base was also a turning point in keeping the Pioneers from scoring more than five runs.

Sophomore Kayla Strong was 2-for-4 with a run sored and RBI, too.

In the first semifinal, Liggett beat Grass Lake 9-2 as Minwalla went seven innings, giving up seven hits, one earned run, zero walks and three strikeouts.

The Knights started the regional tournament off with a bang, scoring five runs in the first and three in the second to grab an 8-0 lead.

Wuthrich was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI, and Slayton was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Majewski was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs, and hit a first-inning home run which spurred the Knights to the five-run inning.

Kanakry was also 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.

During the Knights' five state playoff games, they outscored their opponents 97-8.

Liggett improved to 25-9 overall.

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