Perfection present in Butler win vs. GC

By John Enrietto
Eagle Sports Editor



BUTLER TWP Friday's game featured perfect pitching and a perfect ending.
Butler junior Angie Reddick had a hand in both as the Golden Tornado softball team blanked Grove City, 15-0, in four innings.
Reddick and Fallon Bachman combined to pitch a perfect game. Reddick tossed three innings, striking out three. She also ended the game by belting a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, invoking the 15-run mercy rule.
"That was my first home run ever for
Butler," Reddick said. "I've never hit a grand slam before anywhere."
While Reddick is a perfectionist, she's also a realist.
"For us to get to playoffs ... it would take a miracle," she said.
Not quite, but close.
The Tornado (8-5, 3-5) travel to North Allegheny Monday before hosting Seneca Valley Wednesday to close out Section 3-AAAA play. Butler needs to win both games and get help elsewhere to secure a WPIAL playoff berth.
For now, North Allegheny and North Hills hold down the final two spots with 5-3 section marks.
"There's no margin for error now," Butler coach Lori Kline said. "This is crunch time."
Butler also owns wins of 20-0 over Blackhawk and 15-2 over Knoch.
"I don't care what (Butler's) record is, that's a pretty good team," Grove City coach Shawnee Denbow. "I'm sure they've faced some stellar pitching and that's probably what's stopped them."
The Eagles had chances to spoil the perfect game, but failed. The Eagles' Victoria Sheffel hit a ground ball into right field to lead off the contest. Right fielder Tori Hesidence charged the ball and threw Sheffel out at first.
Naomi Leonard led off the third with a hard-hit grounder that deflected off Reddick's glove and trickled toward second base. Leonard stumbled coming out of the batter's box, giving Butler second baseman Olivia Vasey time to throw her out.
With one out in the fourth, Rochelle Bonner hit a liner off Bachman that Reddick, who switched to second base, speared while leaving her feet.
The Tornado had a 12-hit attack, led by Amber Steinheiser's two triples, single, three RBI and three runs scored. She highlighted a six-run first inning with a two-out, bases-loaded triple. Steinheiser then scored on Nikki Hladik's single.
Caitlin Baxter and Reddick had two hits each for Butler. Eight Tornado players scored runs and everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit or one RBI.

Grove City 000 0xx x 0 0 2
Butler 623 4xx x 15 12 0
W:
Angie Reddick 3 IP (3K, 0BB). L: Alicia Feather 2IP (2K, 2BB).
Grove City (5-6): No hits
Butler (8-5): Caitlin Baxter 2B 1B 3-R, Angie Reddick 1B HR 4-RBI 2-R, Amanda Skidmore RBI, Olivia Vasey 1B 2-R, Sara Cobern 1B RBI, Olivia Hortert 1B RBI, Tori Hesidence 1B, Amber Steinheiser 2-3B 1B 3-RBI 3-R, Nikki Hladik 1B RBI