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Lady O falls to Waverly, beats Platteview

September 27, 2018

BEATRICE — Tayler Beetison wanted an even number.

The Waverly senior said she was thinking Monday about her season total for home runs: five.

“I can’t end my senior season with just five,” Beetison recalled thinking. “I need an even number.”

Now, she needs two hands to count ’em up.

No. 6 came Tuesday, and in a big way against Class B second-ranked Beatrice (23-5) at Hannibal Park.

Beetison untied the game in extra innings with a three-run blast to left field, leading sixth-ranked Waverly to a 6-4, eight-inning win.

“The only thing I was thinking was line drive, because there was somebody on second (base),” said Beetison, who connected on a 3-2 pitch. “All I wanted was to get them home. But I got lucky with a home run.”

Beetison’s homer was part of a four-run inning for Waverly (19-8), which held off a Beatrice rally in the bottom half.

Beatrice trailed 2-1 entering the seventh inning and was no-hit by Waverly’s Kennedi Claycomb for the first 6 2/3 innings. Down to its last out, the Lady Orange got a game-tying home run from sophomore Reganne Henning.

Extra innings kicked in the international tiebreaking rules, where a runner begins the inning on second base. Beatrice, however, erased the lead runner with a trick pick-off play.

Despite Beatrice’s seventh-inning rally and losing its lead runner, Waverly did not crack.

Mackenzie Steckelberg followed with a single, and Val Gerlach drew a walk, putting two on for Beetison.

“All we were thinking was, ‘Pick ourselves back up,’” Beetison said. “It was a trick play. There was nothing we could do about it.”

Said Waverly coach Amanda Schaefer, “We’ve had a lot of experience under our belts and it has served us well. They stayed level-headed and they had fun.”

The game was a pitchers’ duel between Claycomb and Beatrice junior Addison Barnard.

Claycomb nearly threw a no-hitter, inducing several ground balls against a potent Beatrice offense. The Lady Orange finished with five hits, all coming over the final two innings.

“Kennedi has been working with great movement, great lanes all over,” Schaefer said. “She kept her composure and she didn’t let things get to her. She trusts her catcher (Gerlach) and she trusts the lanes and she trusts what we’re calling.”

Barnard was just as strong, striking out 11 batters.

“We’re in a good spot,” Beatrice coach Gary Lytle said of the message to his team after the game. “We’re competing well. We’re looking for our peak. We haven’t hit that peak yet and the girls are going to work hard. We’ll work hard this week and we’ll come out Saturday (in the River Cities Conference Tournament) and compete there and see what happens.”

Waverly beat Platteview 16-1 earlier Tuesday. Beatrice beat Platteview 17-1.

Other Tuesday scores

Auburn 13, Wilber-Clatonia 1

Norris 8, Fairbury 5

Raymond Central 20, Freeman 10

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