McMURRAY — The Frazier softball team has been through all types of games and scenarios over the past three season when it comes to the playoffs.
So, the Lady Commodores didn’t flinch in Monday’s Class AA quarterfinal playoff game and simply handled their business.
Frazier dominated fourth-seeded Vincentian Academy in six innings, 10-0, behind an opportunistic offense and a one-hitter fired by Logan Hartman.
“I saw the holes on their swings early on and we just took advantage of it,” said Logan Hartman. “I talked a lot to my catcher early in the game and we were on the same page. It feels great to come out with a win and to perform like this in the playoffs.”
The Lady Commodores (16-3) will now play either top-seed and section rival Chartiers-Houston or Mohawk in the semifinals on Wednesday. It will be Frazier’s third straight appearance in the semifinals.
Frazier had only six hits, but took full advantage of four errors by the Lady Royals (15-2). The Lady Commodores also received seven walks and stole eight bases in the win.
“We just did everything right today,” Frazier coach Don Hartman said. “Logan did a great job in the circle. Her pitch count was low and she did a nice job of spotting her pitches. We were patient at the plate and exploited some of their weaknesses with our speed on the base paths.”
Hartman only allowed one hit, a one-out single to losing pitcher Elizabeth Arnold in the fourth inning, while striking out 12 with no walks on 77 pitches.
The Lady Commodores plated four runs in the second inning by way of a RBI fielder’s choice by Megan Celaschi, an outfield error that scored two runs and a RBI single by Juliana Johnson.
“It was huge to score early,” Logan Hartman said. “It helps me settle into the game and I have a lot of confidence in our offense. We usually score and hit in bunches. To put 10 runs up in the quarterfinals is so big.”
Celaschi started the fourth with a triple and scored on a RBI groundout by Hartman. Johnson doubled later in the inning and her courtesy runner crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly by Kathryn Barch.
Frazier then collected four runs in the sixth inning, keyed by a two-run double by Rylee Evans, to take firm control of the game.
Hartman retired the side in order in the bottom of the sixth to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.
“We had to battle the wind today, but we responded really well to today’s environment,” coach Hartman said. “There was a lot of energy and enthusiasm today. We are on to the next round and we are happy that we are still playing. Our goal is to get back to the title game and every round presents a challenge to you.”