Tonawanda News — Practice not only makes perfect, it can make the difference between a win and a loss.
Charlotte Miller (2-for-3/walk) spun a three-hit gem, as Kenmore West blanked Lockport 10-0 in Niagara Frontier League softball action at the Ken-West Athletic Complex on Thursday.
The Blue Devils opened the game up early when they raced to a 5-0 lead in the second inning after sending 10 batters to the plate. Collecting four hits and one walk, the Blue Devils took advantage of two Lockport fielding errors. But it was a heads-up play by a trio of Ken-West underclassmen that lit the fuse for the big inning. Eighth grader Abby Borkowski and freshman Grace Ferguson were on third and second base while freshman Allie Chimera was at bat. Chimera (2-for-4/run/two RBI) alertly ran out a dropped third strike as Borkowski bolted home and Ferguson took off from second. Borkowski scored. Lockport’s throw back to the plate to get Borkowski hit the backstop, which gave Ferguson, who never stopped running hard, a window to slide in safe under the tag.
“I was just really into it,” Abby Borkowski said. “I just took off.”
“And on top of that they’re underclassmen,” added Charlotte Miller. “So a round of applause to them for knowing that (they should run).”
Glad to finally see some game action the Blue Devils, whose only substantial time outside came during their spring training trip to Cocoa Beach, said that their demanding schedule of 24 hours worth of practices in five days was the root of their solid performance.
“It was really good because this is our first game. We didn’t have any scrimmages or anything,” Miller said. “I think Florida really, really helped us improve. It was so, so important. We all got along on and off the field. And that’s what really helps us now because we all know each other better than we did before we went.”