Amanda Chidester exploded last year. She was an All-American selection. This year she is on the "Watch List" along with teammates Ashley Lane and Bree Evans. However, Chiddy has started a little slow during the first two games but she made up for all of that tonight.
Chiddy hit a walk-off HR to lead us to a 5-4 victory. She went 3 for 4 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs. This is almost mid-season form for her. I am so happy for her. Ashley Lane went 2 for 3 tonight as well.
Stephanie Spiereman was in the circle tonight and Caitlan Blanchard was her battery mate. Stephanie gave up 3 runs (2 ER) off 5 hits, 3 BB and 1K in 4.2 innings of work. Strike outs are not Stephanie's strong point. She is more of a low ball pitcher that gets hitters to ground out instead of over-powering hitters.
Haylie Wagner came in to calm things down as Stephanie got into a jam in the 5th inning. Haylie gave up 1 ER on 1 hit, 2 BB and 2K in 2.1 innings of work.
It is good to see Coach mix things up a little. The outfield is set with Bree sandwiched between Lindsay and Colie. These three also are at the top of the order with 1, 2 ,3 being Bree, Lindsay and Colie. I would not expect Coach to tinker much with this.
The real question is what to do at 1st base. We have so many options with Taylor and Mandy both capable of doing a good job. Then that leaves Ashley as DP. This is a good situation to have but it will take a few more games to settle in. Typically it takes about 8-10 games to get everything situated.
We finish up tomorrow in a non-league game against Penn State, who lost to La Tech and LSU thus far.
Congrats ladies on a 3-0 record. Dont worry about the close scores thus far, Coach is just tryint to figure out WHO we are first.