TOWANDA—Both the Orioles and coaching staff were frustrated with the way Monday's regional opener against El Dorado was going.
After three innings, the game was still scoreless. Augusta was struggling to adjust to El Dorado's Destiny Bowlin's slow pitching.
"We all were nervous. You could tell in our in and out," Destiny Williams said. "...We kept complaining about how slow the pitcher was, but we can't keep complaining. We had to adjust to her."
It took a while, but Augusta finally figured it out on way to shutting out El Dorado 10-0 after six innings.
Brooke Eberhardt got the Orioles' second hit of the day in the fourth with a single. Katy Nordman then blasted an RBI double to score pinch runner Carly Phillips.
Later, Kalie Robinson lined a 2-RBI single for a 3-0 lead in the fifth. In the sixth, the Orioles drew six walks and Williams hit an inside-the-park home run.
"[Assistant] coach [Kellee] Roberts told us to move back in the box, and look where it put us," Williams said.
"That last inning we scored three runs, we never even got a hit because kids became more disciplined," coach Shane Steinkamp said.
Megan Hayes said she wasn't expecting to pitch in a low-scoring duel, but she went to her bread and butter to help save the Orioles from a potential upset bid.
"My curve ball and my changeup, that's the only two pitches I threw," Hayes said.
Hayes finished with eight strikeouts and gave up just one hit and one walk to the Wildcats. El Dorado's McLaren Stewart led off the fourth with that walk, but Casady Marlnee made a sensational diving catch, then popped up and turned an unassisted 2-3 double play from her knees.
Augusta now will play Circle, which blasted Buhler in the opening round. The Thunderbirds are riding a nine-game winning streak. Championship is at 6:30. The Orioles will have to play aggressively to hoist a regional trophy.
"We have to do what got us to 18-0, and that's play aggressively and attack people," Steinkamp said.