Some thoughts from Kasack Field in Bethel, where the upstart Wildcats edged reigning SWC champion Brookfield 9-8 Wednesday afternoon to serve the Bobcats with their first loss:
A senior versus senior matchup that pitted Brookfield’s Brittany Fusek against Bethel’s Sen Evaristo seemed like a surefire pitcher’s duel. That’s why we play the…yeah, you know the rest. And it’s also why we probably shouldn’t put much stock in the parking lot prognosticating of home plate umpires.
“The (home plate) umpire was saying that he predicted a 2-1 game when he was coming in,” said Bobcats coach Frank Bonacci. “I was quite surprised at the offensive output. 17 runs by two teams is an awful lot.”
Added Bethel coach Shawn O’Brien, “I think this is what the state had in mine pushing the pitching plate back three feet. This is what they wanted to see happen, with a little more hitting involved.”
Evaristo, who struck out nine but gave up the same number of hits, is hardly ever knocked around that much. Neither is Fusek, whose eight hits allowed included a two-run homer to her counterpart.
The Bobcats (7-1, 4-1) and Wildcats (7-2, 6-1) don’t meet again this season, unless, of course, their paths cross in the SWC tournament.