Williamsburg’s fast pitch softball team is Division IV regional tourney runner-up

June 6th, 2010    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

An incredibly successful season came to a conclusion when Williamsburg’s fast pitch softball team was eliminated by Pleasant Hill Newton 4-0 in the Division IV Regional championship game. The classic struggle took place at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City.

The Indians out hit the Wildcats seven to four, but it was five errors that helped spell defeat for the Clermont countians. Both teams left five runners on base.

Senior third baseman Sheenah Letcher’s two hits spearheaded the Williamsburg offense.

To get to the regional finals, 'Burg had to play Felicity for the third time and it proved to be a charm as the Blue and White won its first game over the Red and White 4-3 in nine innings.

Williamsburg junior righthander Rachel Meisberger struck out 13 Cardinals. Felicity sophomore righthander Montana Wear fanned 16 of the Blue and White's batters.

The Cards outhit Williamsburg seven to three, but it was the incredible total of nine Felicity fielding errors that was the difference in the Clermont County head-to-head showdown that was played more than 60 miles from either school.

Meisberger helped herself and her team by clobbering a home run and hitting in two teammates and Letcher had three more hits.

In the ninth inning, sophomore second baseman Emily Barge hit in sophomore first baseman Alexa Tibbs, who had reached base with a single, to account for the winning run.

Wear and freshman Kelsey Mitchell had two hits each for Felicity.

Williamsburg finished the regular season with an 18-9 record and then really turned it on during the tournament.

The Wildcats won the sectional and district crowns and finalized it all with a 23-10 record.

"We had some really good team chemistry," said Rick Healey, Williamsburg head coach and himself a former three-sport Wildcat athletic standout who graduated in 1977. "We played well all year, but we lost a lot of close games."

In the early portion of the season several of the girls missed games because they were playing select volleyball, but they finally joined their fast pitch teammates for good and the 'Cats began to roar with the consist line-up.

"We started hitting the ball real well and we got some breaks," Healey said.

"The girls worked hard and we had some good senior leadership. They played with heart and they never did give up.

"Everyone is excited about next year. I heard them talking at dinner after our game with Newton and they were already excited to get back out and start again. . .

"Ed Stewart has done a tremendous job making Williamsburg known for great volleyball, but that has been the only girls sport 'Burg has been known for. I'm hoping now that we'll become known for softball, too. I'm very excited about our prospects for next year."

Healey's wife, Karen, coached the 'Burg varsity girls track and field team to the National Division championship of the Southern Buckeye Conference last month. She, too, is a former Wildcats' three-sport star from the class of 1979.

The regional finals is the furthest any Williamsburg athletic team has ever reached. The boys basketball team of 1935 won the Class B District Tournament.

Williamsburg had a productive offensive attack. Wagers hit .425, sophomore catcher Dennis .392, Meisberger .387, senior third baseman Melanie Posey .379, and Letcher .322. Meisberger was a leading home run hitter in Greater Cincinnati with seven.

On the mound, Meisberger recorded a 19-10 standard and struck out a very impressive 321 opponents in 179 innings pitched.

She received good team defense from first baseman Tibbs "the team spark plug," shortstop Wagers, third base Posey, catcher Dennis, leftfielder Lindsey Walters, a senior, and centerfielder Letcher.
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