“Kenzie Land has been struggling at the plate,” said Lapel coach Scott Rich. “She’s been thinking too much about it instead of getting up there and doing her job. Today she did her job, and it paid off for us.”
Krathwohl and Daniels both pitched the entire game. It was the second straight Saturday for Krathwohl to go extras after picking up a 17-inning win against Hagerstown.
“You can’t say ‘Shenandoah female athletics’ and not mention Rachel Krathwohl,” said Shenandoah coach Stacey Goyette. “I have a high level of respect and admiration for her because as a pitcher myself I know it is not just a physical endeavor, it is a long mental endeavor. It is an amazing task.”
The freshman Daniels won after giving up 13 hits in 13 innings with four walks and 10 strikeouts while Krathwohl surrendered 14 hits against four walks and eight strikeouts.
Game 2 nearly did not happen as several Lapel players had a choir concert and needed to be ready by 6 p.m. With Game 1 lasting for more than three hours, another game would push the Bulldogs to the brink of forfeiting. The decision was made to press on, and after a Tapscott two-run homer in the first for the Raiders, Lapel scored the next 12 runs to take command.
Tapscott’s home run was the only hit Shenandoah had against Lapel starter Makenzie McGuire until pinch-hitter Candy Chandler hit a liner up the middle in the fifth. Shenandoah scored twice in the fifth to keep the game going.
Lapel went after Shenandoah starter Sara Conner, scoring two runs in the second before a 10-run outburst in the third. Conner was lifted after Burnell hit a three-run homer and Land singled. Daniels hit an 0-1 pitch for a single off of reliever Tapscott before McGuire grounded out to end the inning.