It took a while to get the bats going, and in the meantime, Great Valley gave itself enough of a cushion to leave Octorara with 6-1 win in the SCCL opener for both teams.
"I'm not really disappointed with the way we played," said Coach John Cummings. "We've been working with the girls to put the ball in play, and for the most part, we were getting the bat on the ball. If you make a team make plays to beat you, sooner or later things will work out for you."
The game was scoreless heading into the third when Great Valley got on the board. After playing small ball to put consecutive runners on with bunt singles, Michelle Kenney helped her own cause with an RBI double to deep left center. The next hitter followed with an RBI groundout to Megan Gallagher at short to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead.
Pitching with a lead, Kenney cruised through first five innings without giving up as much as a baserunner. But save for the fifth inning when Kenney rang up three Braves hitters on strikeouts, the Braves were getting the bat on the ball.
Great Valley added on insurance runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to lead 6-0.
Richele Comstock put an end to any thoughts of a perfect game for Kenney when she led off the sixth with a drive to right field that was misplayed by the Patriots' outfielder. Pinch hitter Shey Labiak move Comstock over to second with a groundout to second, setting up Alison Souders for a pinch-hit appearance.
Souders made sure she didn't waste the opportunity, lacing a clean, line drive single to right, busting up the no-hitter bid, and driving home Comstock for the Braves' lone run of the game.
Ashley Sosack went the distance in the circle for the Braves. Sosack allowed six runs-five earned-on nine hits. Five of those hits came on bunt singles. She struck out six while walking three.
"We'll get another shot at Great Valley," said Cummings. "Our defensive play needs to be tightened up a little bit, but we're working on that."