Missing a couple of key bats, Bellarmine Prep turned to freshman Alyssa McKiernan to provide some key offense today. McKiernan had a run-scoring single in the third inning and scored the winning run on Courtney Schwan’s single in the bottom of the sixth to help give the Lions a 2-1 win over Gig Harbor at home.
The Lions knew they were in for a challenge right off the bat, as they were missing senior shortstop Alexa Ostrander due to illness and senior first baseman Alex DeStephano to a knee injury. Furthermore, they were facing Tides’ ace pitcher Anna Hitt, who locked up with Schwan in a classic pitcher’s duel.
Hitt struck out the first four Bellarmine Prep batters, while Schwan added four strikeouts of her own in retiring the first 10 Gig Harbor hitters. The Lions had a good chance to score in the second inning with runners on second and third with two outs, but Hitt struck out Ashlynn Ota to escape the threat.
But McKiernan came through with two outs the following inning, singling to score Abby McDonald – who had walked – from second base. The Tides answered immediately in the top of the fourth, tying it 1-1 on Aubrey Lindberg’s single to score Anna Overland.
Hitt – who gave up just three hits and three walks while striking out 12 – retired the next six batters in order, while Schwan ran into trouble in the top of the sixth. Megan Riggs led off with a single and Tess Parker followed by reaching on an error to put runners on second and third with no outs for the Tides. But Schwan retired Overland on a pop out and Corinne Luke on a line out, and escaped the inning by getting Hitt to ground out after intentionally walking Lindberg to load the bases.
McKiernan then walked with one out in the next inning, stole second based and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Schwan blooped a single over the shortstop to bring in the winning run.
The win puts the Lions at 2-1 in league play, as their overall record sits at 2-4.