Avon at Amherst softball: Comets shut out Eagles behind Kastelic’s complete game

After back-to-back losses, Amherst needed a get right performance from senior pitcher Kate Kastelic against Southwestern Conference foe Avon.

Kastelic gave her team that and then some in a 2-0 win over the Eagles at Sliman’s Diamond in Amherst on April 3.

“I thought she dominated from the first batter to the last,” Amherst head coach Lacey Reichert said. “She really didn’t let them string anything together. Her location was wonderful, her spin was wonderful. That’s exactly what we needed coming off of two losses.”

Kastelic went the distance, striking out 12 and allowing three hits and four base runners. Two of Avon’s hits came in the top of the seventh, but the Amherst senior buckled down, striking out Ryann Clapham with the winning run at second base to end the game.

The Eagles’ recorded their first hit in the fifth as Taylor Graham hit a soft liner over the head of Amherst shortstop Lindsey Reavis.

Graham didn’t last long on the base paths though, as in an effort to generate some offense she tried to take second. Comets’ catcher Kylee McGraw had other plans, throwing out Graham at second base.

Kastelic then ended the inning with a groundout followed by a strikeout.

“I saw Kylee’s eyes get wide and I saw her throw down and get her,” Kastelic said. “It kinda gave me back that confidence, knowing that I had less pressure with nobody on base. I could throw how I wanted to throw and not have to worry about the runner.”

McGraw was at the plate when Amherst’s second run scored, after a dropped third strike went past the catcher. Mackenzie Cornwell, who had singled to lead off the fourth scored on the passed ball.

That was a rare mistake from the Avon battery of Kayla Dykin and catcher Emma Ody.

Dykin struck out ten Amherst hitters and only allowed six hits.

“She did a great job,” Avon head coach Ken Matuszak said. “I thought she located the ball really well.”

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