By Joe Harrington
ACN Sports Editor
Westlake broke open a one-run game in the seventh inning with five scores as the Chaparrals defeated Cedar Ridge 7-1 to sweep its bidistrict round series Saturday at Cedar Ridge.
“Scary close,” Westlake coach Haley Gaddis said of the game before the seventh inning. “Both of their pitchers, last night and tonight, did a great job on the mound … We probably haven’t had a pitcher shut us down like that in a while.”
Westlake got six hits and Cedar Ridge committed two errors in the seventh inning to pull away. Much of the game was tied at 1-1, following Stephanie Wong’s double and Aaliyah Gibson’s RBI single that gave Westlake a first inning lead. Cedar Ridge answered back with a run in the second inning and no one scored again until the sixth inning.
Westlake added a run in the sixth off three hits, including a double by Cedar Slovacek. The runs were more than enough as starter Liz Carter finished with 12 strikeouts and allowed four hits.
Cedar Ridge starter Brooke Saldana recorded eight strikeouts before being lifted for Friday’s starters Nicole Merrill, but the late inning damage was too much to overcome for Cedar Ridge.
“I felt like that final score wasn’t a true reflection of the game,” Cedar Ridge coach Jessica Poole said. “I felt like we stayed in it the whole time and the whole series. It’s just both teams fighting for one run it seemed like for most of the series.”