Tonawanda News — ORCHARD PARK — No regrets.
Coach Matt Chimera gathered his Lady Blue Devils prior to their game and told them regardless of the outcome-win or lose-he wanted them to walk away knowing that they gave it all. The Blue Devils did give it all they had, but on this day it simply wasn't enough. Shaye Swiatek went 4-for-5 and Peyton Hillis' three-run blast set the tone as 4-seed Orchard Park scored a 13-2 win over 5-seed Kenmore West in the Section VI Class AA quarterfinals that were played at Orchard Park High School on Tuesday.
Hillis' home run was a no-doubter that sailed over the left field wall and capped off a six-run first inning that saw 11 Lady Quakers step into the batters box.
“It's a huge hole,” said Chimera. “If you're gonna be down six-nothing at any point in the game you want it to be the first inning, I guess. But you've got to start chipping away and scoring some runs and we just didn't do that.”
Swiatek, who scored three runs, led off the game with a triple which not only jumped started the OP offense it was a sign of how the day would go for the Blue Devils. Probably the best hitting team Ken West has faced all year every girl in the Quakers line up made solid contact. Even the outs were hard outs.
Ken West starting pitcher Charlotte Miller, who struck out six, battled hard and was the voice on the sidelines that refused to let her team give up. But Miller found herself in situations where she was behind in counts and was forced to throw pitches down the middle, as opposed to working corners which OP hitters noticed and made the most of their chances.