ONTARIO — Ashland pitcher Brandilyn Reymer didn’t need a lot of run support Wednesday afternoon, but her teammates provided some late-inning fireworks anyhow.
Reymer twirled a three-hitter and Natalie Atkins and Kristen Stromack belted solo home runs in the top of the seventh as the Arrows knocked off Ontario 4-1.
A junior right-hander, Reymer struck out 16 and walked five. The Morgan State recruit worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third before surrendering a run in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Claire Henige.
“That girl throws extra hard,” Ontario coach Sean Snow said. “When you get a girl throwing 65, then that change-up is an even bigger weapon.”
Ashland (4-3) struck for a run in the top of the second when Reymer doubled before being lifted for a courtesy runner. Gabby Elges plated the run with a single to right.
Ontario (5-2) tied it in the home half of the fourth on Henige’s RBI single before Ashland reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth. Atkins belted a one-out triple and scored on Stromack’s RBI single to deep center.
It would stay that way until the seventh when Atkins lifted a high fly ball just over Henige’s outstretched glove in center to make it 3-1. One out later, Stromack belted a no-doubter that hit off the scoreboard in center.
“Take away the top of the seventh and that’s a 2-1 ballgame,” Snow said. “The bottom line is you hate losing but when you lose to a good team and in a good fashion, it’s a little easier to handle. I’m proud of the fight."
Stromack led the Arrows with three hits and finished a triple away from the cycle. Atkins tripled and homered.
“We’ve got a great group of girls. There’s a lot of talent,” Ashland coach Mindy Baker said. “We have speed and power and a lot of flexibility.
“We’re not where we need to be at offensively, but we’re headed in the right direction. We’ve got so much talent.”
Henige had two of Ontario’s three hits. Natalie Link singled in the second.