NEWPORT NEWS — For three innings, Bethel was keeping it close. That is, until Menchville's bats finally awoke.
Sparked by a six-run fourth inning, the No. 4 Monarchs pounded out 13 hits and beat the Bruins 11-1 Wednesday in the Peninsula District softball quarterfinals at Stoney Run. Katie Snow went 4-for-4, and Leah Andrews was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.
Bruins starter Victoria Boulais allowed one run on three hits through three innings, but Bethel coach James Edmundson switched to Breanna Hamby in the fourth. That's when Menchville (16-5) cut loose for six hits, including a two-run double by Kelsey Sweeney.
"They did a good job switching up their pitchers," Menchville coach Tim Dragone said of Bethel. "They started with a change-up pitcher, and we hadn't faced her the first two games. She did a good job keeping us off stride.
"Then they changed pitchers, and I give credit to our hitters for making adjustments. They started putting the bat on the ball."
While Menchville's hitters broke it open, pitcher Darby Deanhofer threw a no-hitter. She allowed two base runners, one on a walk and one on a hit batter.
"Darby did a good job of keeping us in the game and keeping us confident," Dragone said. "She pitched well today and she's getting her confidence up."
Menchville put it away with a four-run sixth inning. All four quarterfinal games ended early because of the 10-run rule.
The Monarchs will face No. 1 Gloucester in Tuesday's semifinals at 5 p.m.
MENCHVILLE 11, BETHEL 1
Bethel:000:001—1 0 1
Menchville:001:604—11 13 0
WP: Deanhofer (12-5). LP: Boulais (1-4). Standouts: Menchville, Snow 4-4 (2 runs), Andrews 3-4 (3 runs, RBI), Sweeney 2-4 (2 RBI), Harlow 2-4 (RBI). Records: Menchville 16-5, Bethel 10-9.
NO. 1 GLOUCESTER 20, NO. 8 DENBIGH 0
Makayla Jenkins pitched her fourth perfect game of the season as the Dukes (19-1) cruised to a five-inning win. Jenkins struck out 13 of the 15 batters she faced and also went 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI.
GLOUCESTER 20, DENBIGH 0
Denbigh:000:00 — 0 0 13
Gloucester:752:6x — 20 14 0
WP: Jenkins (16-1). LP: Stevenson. Standouts: Jenkins perfect game (13 Ks, 2-2, 2 RBI), Walters 2-2, Street 2-2 (2 RBI).
NO. 2 WARWICK 12, NO. 7 HAMPTON 1
Ashley Benge's 3-for-3 day led the Raiders to an easy win over the Crabbers. Benge scored three times and drove in two runs.
Catcher Dalika Wallace went 2-for-3 for Warwick, which will face Kecoughtan in Tuesday's semifinals.
WARWICK 12, HAMPTON 1
Hampton:000:001—1 1 6
Warwick:311:016—12 10 0
WP: Salsberry (12-5). LP: Morgan. Standouts, Warwick, Wallace 2-3, Benge 3-3 (3 runs, 2 RBI), Hester 1-2 (2 RBI). Records: Hampton 5-15, Warwick 16-4.
NO. 3 KECOUGHTAN 10, NO. 6 WOODSIDE 0
Allyson Babinsack pitched a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 as the Warriors rolled into the semifinals. Maddy Morris led a balanced offense with a 2-for-4 day.
KECOUGHTAN 10, WOODSIDE 0
Woodside:000:000—0 2 9
Kecoughtan:132:004—10 10 1
WP: Babinsack. LP: Logan. Standouts: Kecoughtan, Morris 2-4. Records: Woodside 8-11, Kecoughtan 15-5.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun