Katie Lew, Westlake Demons rout Amherst Comets in Southwestern Conference action

AMHERST — The Demons kept putting the ball in play.

The Comets’ defense did the rest — but not in a good way.

For Amherst, Monday afternoon was a bad day to be in the field as it buried itself with eight errors in an 8-1 setback to Westlake in Southwestern Conference action.

“We were not very good,” Amherst coach Bill Matthews said. “We gave up too many runs on stupid errors. You’re not going to win if you have that many errors, it’s that simple.”

And Amherst (5-3, 0-1) couldn’t afford to give up any runs the way freshman Katie Lew pitched.

Lew allowed four hits in seven innings of work, striking out 10 with just one walk.

“I was nervous at first, but I got really confident out there and I just hit my spots,” Lew said.

Amherst collected half its hits in the bottom of the first inning, where it also scored its only run of the game on an RBI single to right from Katie Hoerig to score Lauren Farley, who reached on a bunt single.

After that, though, it was all Lew and the Demons.

And it didn’t take long for them to respond either.

Westlake (3-5, 1-0) tied the game off Zoe Beetler (3-2) in the top of the second on an RBI double to the gap in left-center from Katlyn Nagel to score Gina Campo, who hit a one-out single. Nagel went to third on the throw home and scored on Alex Tinline’s fielder’s choice.

The 2-1 lead was more than enough for Lew who, after a shaky first inning, retired the side in three of the last six innings.

“Our pitching was excellent,” Demons coach Tom Shiban said. “I thought Katie pitched a very good game.”

Lew was rewarded with two more runs in the third with the help of two more Amherst errors.

Rachel May roped a one-out double to right and went to third on Mackenzie Smith’s single to centerfield. After Smith stole second, May scored on Lexie Jones’ error at third to make it 3-1. Smith then scored when Nagel’s ball ate up Ashley Cogdell at short.

“They made some errors that helped us out there’s no doubt about that, but our girls hit the ball well and they put the ball in play,” Shiban said. “We had several solid hits which was good. We had a good approach at the plate and we ran the bases well for the most part.”

Trailing 4-1 in the fourth, Amherst had a chance to cut into Westlake’s lead after Brooklyn Gonzalez and Hoerig reached on a walk and hit by pitch to start the inning.

But Lew wasn’t fazed, striking out Mallory Harrell while getting Jones and Cogdell to fly and line out to end the inning.

“Give them credit, she pitched well,” Matthews said. “We had runners in scoring position a couple times and didn’t score them. You have to be able to come through.”

Westlake’s offense came through in the seventh by sending eight batters to the plate, scoring four runs on four of its nine hits in the game.

May singled to lead off the seventh and pinch runner Caroline Hazapis scored on Campo’s single to right.

Kylie Tinline — running for Smith after Smith singled and went to second on a sac bunt from Lainey McCue — scored on an error in left.

The error proved costly again for the Comets as back-to-back RBIs from Alex Tinline and Danielle Dill completed the inning.

“We strung some together there at the end to get some insurance runs which I was really happy about,” Shiban said. “Katie pitched an outstanding game and defensively we played really well in the field. Overall I thought it was just a good team win.”

Westlake 8, Amherst 1

Southwestern Conference

Westlake (3-5, 1-0) 022 000 4 — 8 9 0

Amherst (5-3, 0-1) 100 000 0 — 1 4 8

TWO HITS OR MORE — Westlake: Rachel May, Mackenzie Smith, Gina Campo; Amherst: Lauren Farley; 2B — W: Katlyn Nagel, May; WP — Katie Lew, LP — Zoe Beetler (3-2).

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Last Updated: 4/15/2013 10:57:17 PM EST

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