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Big inning lifts Guyer to easy win
In his 18 years of coaching high school softball, Guyer head coach Keith Medford had never seen anything like what he saw on Wednesday night.
He watched in the bottom of the fourth inning as his team quickly turned a comfortable five-run lead into an absolute rout and had 13 straight hitters reach base in a 19-2 win over Justin Northwest.
“They weren’t cheap runs either,” Medford said. “I don’t think I have any words for that, other than I’ve never seen that. I’ve seen a 10-run inning, but never a 13-run one. They were legit, too. It’s real fun to see the kids swinging the bat like we know they can. We see it daily, and we just let them go that inning.”
The fourth inning started for Guyer (18-5, 6-2) with a swinging strikeout, and then leadoff hitter Kaitlyn Thomas started the tear with a single.
That was followed by three straight hits, including a two-run double by pitcher Suzette Palmer.
After Kennedy Been walked, senior Layne Greenlee stepped to the plate in her season debut.
Greenlee, a Wichita State signee, is recovered from her fourth knee surgery in her high school career, and laced a two-run triple down the right field line before she scored on a Kayla Mellinger double.
Medford said Greenlee’s return to the diamond was a nice sight to see, especially at this time in the district schedule. Greenlee finished the night 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, and made a tough defensive play at third base when she had to go to her left, almost behind the circle, and make a throw to first base.
“Whatever her numbers were tonight were irrelevant to me,” Medford said. “It gave everyone a spark. Everybody roots for her. It’s good to get her back because our team needs her, not just on the field but her presence, whether she’s producing or not.
“She’s a great boost to us at a good time. This is the start of the second round of district so it’s a great addition at the right time.”
The inning was highlighted by a grand slam from Caitlin Christopher, which was followed by Palmer’s second solo home run of the night.
The battery mates each finished the night 4-for-4, along with Thomas. Palmer drove in five runs, and Christopher had seven RBIs.
“Defensively, they were on top of their game,” Medford said about the catcher and pitcher, who gave up just four singles. “That’s a potent lineup over there. They swing the bats well and always have. I was real proud of how they worked batters.
“Offensively, good grief, when you get that out of your [Nos.] 3 and 4 — that’s terrifying. I would hate to face them. When they’re hitting the ball like that I’d really hate to face them. That’s a formidable lineup.”
The win avenged a 2-1 loss to Northwest (15-11, 4-4) in the District 7-5A opener on March 1.
“We hit a lot of hard balls at their place [in the loss],” Medford said. “Their girls just made every defensive play, and tonight was our night. This was not a revenge game by any stretch. You have to be real careful about making games more than what they are. We knew what kind of pitcher they have and we feel like we could hit her. We just wanted to execute what we’ve practiced.”
And the Lady Wildcats definitely did that. The top seven batters in Guyer’s order went 18-for-23 on the night.
“Any time you get that production offensively, you’re going to be in good shape,” Medford said. “Sometimes it happens, and tonight everybody was hitting on all cylinders. Our slappers were doing what they do. Obviously, we had some power tonight. Any time you get that out of your lineup, good things will happen. … It’s fun to be on third [coaching] when that’s happening.”
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Guyer 19, Justin Northwest 2
WP – Suzette Palmer. LP – Andrea Haisten. 2B – G: Caitlin Christopher 2, Suzette Palmer 2, Kayla Mellinger, Allie Oldham. 3B – Layne Greenlee. HR – Christopher, Palmer 2. Records – Justin Northwest (15-11, 4-4). Guyer (18-5, 6-2).