Quakers fall to top-seeded Red Devils
Orchard Park captured an early lead in its sectional quarterfinal playoff contest versus defending state champion Clarence, but was not able to take down the top-seeded Red Devils Friday.
The Quakers scored two runs in the first inning, but allowed two to Clarence in the bottom half. Shaye Swiatek’s leadoff triple in the top of third inning allowed OP to take a 3-2 lead, but two runs in the bottom half of the third from Clarence, and three more runs in the fourth pushed the Red Devils past the visiting Quakers.
“I think once we saw we got ahead, we got a little relaxed,” said OP coach Brittany Bonetto. “We have to know that we have to keep pushing it, even though we were ahead, keep getting more and more. (Clarence) is a team that’s going to fight back and we didn’t keep battling like they did.”
The Quakers earned 10 hits led by three singles from sophomore Rachel Johnson. Katie Weimer went 2-of-3 at the plate with a triple.
“I really truly thought that we would come in and win this game, but they’re a good team, and we’re a young team,” said Bonetto. “Next couple years we’re going to come in and be the ones they’re trying to beat.”
Orchard Park finished the season with an 8-10 mark and will lose just one starting senior to graduation.
Bonetto likes the direction her young team is heading.
“We had a lot of new players this year,” the coach said. “Next year, they’ll be better at playing together as a team. We’re starting to see some leadership from our younger players too.”