Miami East High School pitcher Paige Kiesewetter wore a smile from ear to ear as she walked off the softball field at Mason High School Wednesday night.
The future Capital University pitcher had just closed out an impressive career with a dominating night for the North team in the Division III Ohio Southwest District Softball Coaches Association All-Star game.
“That was a great way to finish,” Kiesewetter said after the 2-2 tie. “I wish I had it better, but there is no better showing I could have had pitching in representing Miami East one more time.”
The Viking pitcher allowed just two hits while striking out 11 and walking three in the best no decision of her career.
“I’m happy with the outcome,” Kiesewetter said. “I wish we could have played extra innings, but it is nice to share this.”
The South scored once in the second on their lone two-hits in the night and added a second run in the fifth when Cincinnati Christian’s Kayla Fulcher recorded a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a ball that hit off the North’s shortstop’s glove and rolled far into foul territory in left.
“It would have been nice to say we won,” Fulcher said after recording two walks and making a key defensive play in the seventh inning. “But, it was a pretty fun experience. I’m glad I got a chance to play with these girls.”
Kiesewetter did not allow another base runner the rest of the night.
“Everything was working,” Kiesewetter said after snapping off nasty curves and screws most of the night. “My change wasn’t working as much, but I have never been a change-up pitcher.”
After leaving bases loaded in the fourth, the North broke through in the fifth.
Waynesville’s Leah Turner singled and moved to third on a fielder’s choice by Carlisle’s Ashley Summer. With two outs, Madison’s Ali Lenos drove a double into the gap in left center to score Turner and cut the deficit to 2-1.
“I’ve been in a little slump, so that felt good,” Lenos said. “After seeing her (Reading’s Anna Slusher) a couple times, she’s a good pitcher, but I was able to start timing her up.”
Turner led off the seventh by reaching on an error, then Carlisle’s Morgan Thomas hit a slow roller into no-man’s land on the left side of the infield. Thomas was already at the bag when Slusher threw to first, the ball was high and rolled into right field allowing Turner to tie the game at 2-2.
Pitching rules: A home run by Gabrielle Hogel of Colerain in the bottom of the first was all the offense the South needed in a 1-0 win in the Division I contest to open the night.
The two teams combined for just four hits on the night.
Future University of Texas pitcher Lauren Slatten (Oak Hills) struck out eight in four innings for the South in getting the win. Edgewood’s Bree Williams struck out two in two innings while Lakota East’s Lea Buckenmeyer fanned one in three innings for the North.
Buckenmeyer and Northmont’s Kassi Crawford each had hits for the North team.