Rockford, Ill. With a 2-1 victory Friday in the third round of bracket play, the Lawrence Phenix-Fyler softball team improved to 5-0 at the USSSA Central Region Class B World Series.
Both the Carl Junction, Mo., Dawgz and Phenix-Fyler entered Friday’s game unbeaten at the 18-and-under tournament, but Lawrence prevailed in crunch time. The Dawgz had plated their first run in the top of the seventh and had two runners on base when pitcher Lexi Heiniger snagged a line drive back at her to end the game and advance the Phenix to today’s semifinals.
“It was a very exciting, very stressful game,” coach Randy Fyler said.
The key to the team’s success the past few days, Fyler added, has been the pitching of Heiniger and Cori Munoz, as well as the defense, which has committed only two errors in five games.
“Our defense has just been out of this world,” Fyler said.
Offensively, leadoff hitter Rachel Potvin has gone 11-for-17 at the plate. Maddie Potvin and Whitney Rothwell both are 6-for-15 thus far.
“We scrap and manufacture runs,” Fyler said.
Phenix-Fyler plays at noon today in the winner’s bracket semifinals against the Bartlett, Ill., Silverhawks.