STREATOR — For Streator first-year varsity softball coach Dawn Williams and veteran Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell bench boss Jordan Farris, Wednesday's nonconference matchup took on a bit more significance than any normal contest might.
That's because Williams and Farris are in-laws, with Farris married to Williams’ sister, Amber (Fryman) Farris, who was in attendance to witness the first head-to-head coaching duel between her sibling and her husband.
Round 1 went to Williams and the Lady Bulldogs, as they received a marvelous pitching effort from junior Anna Yanek to earn a solid 6-0 victory over Farris and the Warriors in a crosstown battle here at the SHS Athletic Fields.
Yanek hurled a complete-game four-hitter where she walked three and struck out seven, while her teammates backed her with single runs in the third and fourth innings before busting the game open with a four-spot in the fifth.
Senior Megan Gubbels led the attack by going 3-for-3 at the plate with a double. Junior Tessa McClellan was 2-for-4, while senior Aubrey Durdan homered and drove in a pair of runs. Junior Grace Schmitz tripled, recording two RBIs, while sophomore Maddie Barichello also produced a run-scoring at-bat as Streator (6-12) prevailed giving Williams family bragging rights before she and Farris will next go toe-to-toe in 2019.
"It was a nice little family rivalry today, and it feels good to come out on top knowing I'll have a friendly reminder to give Jordan for awhile," Williams chuckled.
"I thought Anna did a great job in the circle today, and I was happy with our defense as well. We also hit the ball better as the game wore on, and overall I was very happy with our effort."
Farris and WFC (8-8) used three pitchers, with junior August Gillman (2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K) taking the loss in relief of senior starter Shea Moritz (4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K), who threw the first and last two innings, eventually relieving junior Emily Friese (4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K) after Friese faced just four batters in the fifth without recording an out.
The Warriors’ only hits came off the bats of Gillman, sophomores Abby Essman and Kaitlyn Walter, along with freshman Audrey Jenkins.
WFC did manage to load the bases in the top of the seventh, but Yanek got out of possible trouble by getting a double-play ball to end the game and Farris' current chances at family coaching superiority.
"Even though we lost we hung in there until the end, and the coaching thing between Dawn and myself really made it fun today," Farris said. "She and her girls earned this one for sure, and she can enjoy it. I'm sure I'll be reminded about it now at every family event from here until next year.
“I’m already looking forward to getting her back next season."
The Lady Bulldogs got to Gillman with a run in the third. Gubbels led off with a double to left, went to third on Ellie Magana's sacrifice bunt and scored one out later after Barichello's single to center. They'd make it 2-0 in the fourth. With one out, Alivia Adkins doubled down the line in left off Gillman. Then with two outs, Adkins tallied after Gubbels’ run-scoring single to left.
Friese came on in relief of Gillman in the fifth and surrendered a bunt single to McClellan, who then advanced to second on an error. Barichello was intentionally walked before Grace Schmitz blasted a two-run triple. Durdan followed with a two-run homer to center that ended the day’s scoring.
At SHS Athletic Fields, Streator
Streator 6, Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell 0
WFC (0) — Kane ss 3-0-0-0, Jenkins 2b 4-0-1-0, Friese lf/p 3-0-0-0, Moritz p/rf/lf 2-0-0-0, Kindermann 3b 3-0-0-0, Plesko 1b 2-0-0-0, Gillman dp/p 3-0-1-0, Schwahn pr 0-0-0-0, Essman c 2-0-0-0, Easton ph 1-0-1-0, Walter cf 2-0-0-0, Dunahee cf 0-0-0-0. Totals 25-0-4-0.
STREATOR (6) — Magana ss 3-0-0-0, McClellan dp 4-1-2-0, Barichello c 2-0-1-1, Price cr 0-1-0-0, G. Schmitz 1b 3-1-1-2, Durdan cf 3-1-1-2, Adkins 2b 3-1-1-0, Yanek p 3-0-0-0, Aukland 3b 3-0-0-0, Gubbels lf 3-1-3-1, Davis lf 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-6-9-6.
WFC (8-8) 000 000 0 — 0 4 2
Streator (6-12) 001 140 x — 6 9 1
LOB – WFC 8; Streator 6. 2B – Adkins, Gubbels. 3B – G. Schmitz. HR – Durdan. CS – Kane, Gubbels. SAC – Magana, Walter.
Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell ip r er h bb k
Moritz 4.0 0 0 2 0 2
Gillman (L, 3-3) 2.0 2 2 4 0 1
Friese 0.0 4 4 3 1 0
Yanek (W, 4-3) 7.0 0 0 4 3 7