© Katie Brickman
Jana Gallant of the Hustlers makes contact in the first inning against that A's Lasers in Senior Women's Fastball League semifinal playoff action on Wednesday evening at Caribou Heights Field. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
Everything is clicking at the right time for the A’s Lasers.
After winning Game 1 in their best-of-three series against the Hustlers on Tuesday evening, the Lasers swept the Hustlers with an 8-0 victory on Wednesday evening in Senior Women’s Fastball League semifinal playoff action at Caribou Heights Field.
“It was great for us,” said Doug Wasser, head coach of the Lasers.
The damage was done in the second inning when the Lasers scored six runs. They scored two more runs in the fourth inning and the game was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Amanda Schmidt pitched a one-hitter gem for the Lasers to help defeat the Hustlers and move onto the finals. Schmidt kept the Hustlers off balance for the game, including three innings that were quick three outs.
“Amanda pitched well and she has two singles as well,” said Wasser.
Chenelle Mitchell, Toni Ross, Sam Langford, Destiny Kaus and Schmidt all had runs batted in to lead the Lasers.
“We hit the ball well and played well defensively,” said Wasser. “The last two games have come together. The other game we didn’t have a lot of hits, but we capitalize on their errors, but tonight we hit and played well defensively.”
It was a tough loss for the Hustlers, as they finished tied with the Lasers in the regular season.
“We just didn’t have it tonight,” said Jamie Logan, interim coach for the Hustlers. “We just had some bad breaks. We got some good hits, but just at somebody and their pitcher did a good job at keeping the girls off balance.”
The Hustlers had an injury early in the game that also didn’t help the team.
“It kind of took the winds out of our sails early,” Logan said. “Not to make excuses. The Lasers played a really good game.”
The Colts and KCS Marketing Slammers played their second game and the Colts used two big innings late to win 11-4 to advance to the final.
The finals will begin on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Caribou Heights Field.
For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.