WHIZ Sports 5-28: Cunningham’s Big Day Propels Heath Softball Into Final Four

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PICKERINGTON, OH- Heath Bulldogs pitcher Renae Cunningham had a good outing in the circle, but her biggest impact came at the plate. The junior hit two home runs, including a big grand slam, in the Bulldogs victory over John Glenn 12-5.

Heath wasted no time scoring as they took the lead in the top of the first inning as Cunningham hit a 2-run home run. Shortly after, Sydney Moore would hit one over the center field wall as the Bulldogs jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. What a start for Heath!

In the next inning, Kyndall Spicer joined the home run party as she sent one over the right field wall for Heath. The Bulldogs bats showed up early in the Regional Final, as they increase their lead to five runs.

But, here comes John Glenn. Sydney Marshall was making plays on both sides of the ball as she hit a solo home run to get the Muskies back in the game. She would also add an RBI double for John Glenn later on to help the Muskies cut into the lead.

Later on, bases loaded for the Muskies and Bryanna Wolford came up with a big base hit to bring in a run. John Glenn gained some momentum, now only down four runs.

The Bulldogs would respond in a big way when Cunningham brought everyone home with a 2-out grand slam. Cunningham was only a single short from hitting for the cycle. Heath jumped out to an 11-3 lead. What a sequence of events for the Bulldogs!

Last chance for John Glenn. Wolford put it into play, but it was caught for the final out and the Bulldogs would win this one 12-5 and advance to the Final Four.

After the game, Heath Head Coach Ray Cooksey spoke on his team’s performance.

“We spent an enormous amount of time working on our hitting and it paid off in the long run. When we needed the big hits, we got the big hits. When we needed to score runs, we scored runs. We got people on. The kids did a great job on their hitting.”

Similarly, he touched on how his team knew not to get ahead of themselves after taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

“We knew they were going to keep coming, and they did. It’s one of those things you couldn’t rest on what you had. You had to keep adding on. Every time they added on, we re-added on,” said Cooksey.

They’ll play in the Division II State semifinal, which is held at Firestone Stadium in Akron on June 2nd at 10am.

Anthony Mitchell
Name: Anthony Mitchell Title: Sports Director Anthony is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He was the head manager of the Bonnies Men's Basketball team during his time there. Anthony previously was a sports/news multimedia journalist at WKTV in Utica, N.Y. Anthony has a passion for professional, collegiate, and local high school sports.