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Lady Pirates 'settle in' to blank Lady 'Dogs, 10-0

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OTTAWA — The Ottawa Lady Pirates "settled in" Thursday afternoon, and they showed exactly who they are out on the diamond.

The Lady Pirates plated eight runs over the third and fourth innings while riding the combined shutout pitching of Sloan Gayan and Zoe Miller to a 10-0 blanking of archrival Streator in six innings at King Field.
"I think as a whole, we did a lot better coming out (ready to play) today than we did (a week ago Thursday during Ottawa's season-opening 5-2 win over ICA Class 2A No. 8 state-ranked Kankakee Bishop McNamara)," said Gayan, who went the initial four innings in the circle (1 H, 1 BB, 8 K) to record the win in addition to going 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple, double and four runs batted in. "I think after getting beat by Streator last year, we came out and just wanted to put it to them. I think as a team, we took another step."
"I think the biggest difference (from the first game) was just people settled in to kind of what they really are," Lady Pirates coach Adam Lewis said of his ballclub. "That's kind of the way we want to win: good pitching, good defense and just hard contact is our main goal."
Streator southpaw starter Aubrey Durdan held Ottawa scoreless and limited its lineup to a lone hit through the opening two innings before the Lady Pirate bats came around their second time through the order.
With one out in the bottom of third, Ottawa leadoff batter Jenna Nink drew a walk before Jazzy Bowman reached on an error. With two outs, cleanup hitter Molly Harris drove in both with a single to center field. Bailey Simpson followed by golfing a hit into left-center to score Harris. Cassie Claus proceeded with an RBI single, scoring Harris, who had advanced to second base on her hit after a bobble in the outfield, leaving it 4-0.
The next inning, Ottawa's Abi Claus reached on an outfield error with one out. Nink and Bowman (bunt) followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. After Abi Claus crossed the plate on a wild pitch, Gayan drove home both Nink and Bowman with a booming triple to right-center field. Harris then brought in Gayan's courtesy runner, Micaela Sandoval, with a groundout to make the score 8-0 through four innings of play.
"We had some mental errors today. ... I think that was crucial in the third inning, and it allowed Ottawa to open up the gates and score some runs on us. We've just got to eliminate the errors. If we eliminate the errors, we stop some runs from scoring and we don't have a 10-0 ballgame," said Lady Bulldogs coach Dawn Williams of her team, which surrendered six unearned runs in the game — including all five during the third.
The Lady Pirates (2-0) scored twice in the home half of the sixth — following a Nink double, a Bowman slap hit and stolen base, and Gayan's two-run double that one-hopped the fence in right to put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.
Nink (2-for-3, three runs scored), Bowman (three runs) and Cassie Claus (2-for-3) all added a pair of hits as well for Ottawa. Miller (3 H, 0 BB, 1 K) worked two scoreless innings in relief of Gayan.
"We didn't want to have to throw Sloan a lot of innings if we didn't have to; (Ottawa's other pitcher Abby) Bukantis was out of town, and Zoe came in and did an awesome job," Lewis said. "I thought she had good defense behind her."
That included a couple of nice picks by third baseman Abi Claus and shortstop Teegan Guerrero.
Anna Yanek, Chloe Castillo, Alivia Adkins and Megan Gubbels accounted for the four Streator (0-3) hits. Durdan (4 IP, 8 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K) took the pitching loss. She was relieved by Yanek (1 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K).
"Sloan is a very nice pitcher. I was glad that we were more aggressive at the plate today," Williams said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't get any runs to score. But I thought the contact was a little bit better today than it was (Wednesday when the Lady Bulldogs struck out 15 times against Marquette's Makenna Tkach)."
At King Field, Ottawa
Ottawa 10, Streator 0 (6 inn.)
(Key: AB-R-H-RBI)
STREATOR (0) — Magana 2b 3-0-0-0, Yanek cf/p 3-0-1-0, McClellan cr 0-0-0-0, Durdan p/cf 3-0-0-0, Castillo 3b 3-0-1-0, Barichello c 2-0-0-0, Aukland cr 0-0-0-0, Schmitz 1b 3-0-0-0, Adkins ss 2-0-1-0, Gubbels lf 2-0-1-0, Davis rf 2-0-0-0. Totals 23-0-4-0.
OTTAWA (10) — Nink rf 3-3-2-0, Bowman cf 4-3-2-0, Gayan p 3-0-2-4, Harris 2b 3-1-1-3, Simpson c 3-1-1-1, C. Claus lf 3-0-2-1, Guerrero ss 2-0-0-0, Miller dp/p 2-0-0-0, Sandoval ph/cr 1-1-0-0, Battistelli 1b 0-0-0-0, A. Claus 3b 3-1-0-0. Totals 27-10-10-9.
Streator (0-3) 000 000 — 0 4 3
Ottawa (2-0) 004 402 — 10 10 1
LOB — Streator 6, Ottawa 3. 2B — Nink, Gayan. 3B — Gayan. SAC — Guerrero. HBP — Gayan (by Durdan). SB — Bowman.
Streator ip r er h bb k
Durdan (L, 0-1) 4.0 8 2 7 1 4
Yanek 1.1 2 2 3 0 2
Ottawa ip r er h bb k
Gayan (W, 2-0) 4.0 0 0 1 1 8
Miller 2.0 0 0 3 0 1
Bowman enforced the 10-run rule by scoring with one out in the sixth.

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