Saturday split: Lorain Titans, Brookside Cardinals each earn victories

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Brookside's Haley Thomascik throws a pitch during the top of the eighth inning against Lorain on Saturday at Brookside High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain's Mackenzi Stoyka gets a hit during the top of the eighth inning against Brookside on Saturday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Brookside's Caitlin Anderson makes contact during the bottom of the eighth inning against the Titans on Saturday.

MORNING JOURNAL/SAM GREENE Lorain’s Hannah Ford throws a pitch during the bottom of the eighth inning against Brookside.

SHEFFIELD VILLAGE — With the regular season drawing to a close, Lorain and Brookside were looking for some positives to take into the tournament.

Both saw plenty of positives with Lorain scoring three times in the top of the eighth for an 8-5 win. In the second game, host Brookside got fine pitching and timely hitting to manage a split with a 4-1 non-conference win Saturday.

“In the past, we would hang our heads and in the second game we would come out and lay an egg,” Brookside coach John McDermott said. “It didn’t happen. For the second game the girls said okay, let’s finish.”

The first game was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams. Brookside (6-13) tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on Kylie Bishop’s sacrifice fly.

In the top half of the eighth, the Titans (7-11) had runners on second and third with Mackenzi Stoyka hitting a hard shot to third which couldn’t be handled and allowed Veronique Rodriguez to score. Ryleigh Butler broke it open with a two-run double to left-center.

“I was pretty confident going in there,” Butler said. “I didn’t think about anything except hitting the ball. (Hitting it) felt real good.”

Though Brookside had runners in scoring position, Lorain pitcher Hannah Ford got the final out for the Titans’ fourth win in a row.

The Titans had 12 hits in the first game with Kayla Lurry leading the way with four hits including a pair of doubles.

Lorain struck first in the second game with Mari Otero, who played for McDermott at Southview, lining a shot over the center fielder’s head. Otero was reaching third base as the relay throw was getting to the shortstop in the outfield grass. She easily beat the throw home for an inside-the-park home run.

The Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on Bethany Wesebaum’s RBI single to left. The left-handed Wesebaum had a pair of hits in the first game.

Wesebaum ended up coming through in the bottom of the fourth inning off of Ford, who pitched both games for Lorain. Wesebaum broke the deadlock with a single to center, scoring Bishop and Kirsten Lara (three hits). She finished the game with three RBIs and had four hits on the day.

“I tried to feel confident about every at-bat,” Wesebaum said. “After I started hitting in the first game, I knew it was going to happen eventually.”

With the lead, freshman Haley Thomascik continued to throw strikes and let her defense work for her. After giving up an early run, Thomascik bore down and kept the Titans in check by scattering three hits in the final five innings. She retired the final 10 batters in a row to help Brookside salvage the split.

“I just tried my best and pitch my game, knowing my defense was going to have my back,” Thomascik said. “If I made a mistake I knew they were going to pick it up and fix it. I was a bit nervous (after watching the first game), but I knew I had to go out and do my best.

“This (performance) makes me feel great.”

Though Lorain saw its four-game winning streak snapped, they played very well defensively as they didn’t commit an error. Getting the split was something coach Pam Jackson was happy to see.

“I am very pleased with the way we played,” Jackson said. “I’ll take a split over two losses any day. I was happy with the defense. I told the girls if you don’t make errors; it gives you a chance to win any game.”

Having only one senior on the roster, McDermott knows the building process takes time.

“We’re getting there,” McDermott said. “Last year we were young and this year we are young, but we’re getting there.”

Brookside travels to Keystone on Monday, while Lorain hosts Euclid the same day.

Lorain 8, Brookside 5 (Game 1)

Non-Conference

Lorain (7-10) 200 030 05 — 8 12 4

Brookside (5-13) 102 100 10 — 5 9 4

TWO HITS OR MORE – Lorain: Veronique Rodriguez, Kayla Lurry (4), Ryleigh Butler, Holly Chesnick; Brookside: Marissa Bias, Eryn Banfield, Bethny Wesebaum; 2B – L: Rodriguez (2), Lurry (2) Butler; B: Jami Bender, Wesebaum, Banfield; WP – Hannah Ford; LP – Alissa Weber.

Brookside 4, Lorain 1 (Game 2)

Non-Conference

Lorain (7-11) 010 000 0 — 1 5 0

Brookside (6-13) 010 201 x — 4 9 0

TWO HITS OR MORE – Lorain: Kati Britvec; Brookside: Kirsten Lara (3), Bethany Wesebaum; 2B – B: Jami Bender; 3B – B: Lara; HR – L: Mari Otero; WP – Haley Thomascik; LP – Ford.

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Last Updated: 5/4/2013 11:22:31 PM EST

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