August 1, 2014

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Softball: Brunswick’s McKenna Galloway has a blast

BRUNSWICK — Forget the operator. Wherever McKenna Galloway goes these days, she has no problem connecting.

The reigning Gazette MVP put together a complete game for Brunswick on Monday in a 9-2 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division win over Medina.

Brunswick senior McKenna Galloway hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against Medina. Galloway belted her fifth homer in the last six games and also picked up the win in the circle. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Brunswick senior McKenna Galloway hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against Medina. Galloway belted her fifth homer in the last six games and also picked up the win in the circle. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY AARON JOSEFCZYK)

Galloway hit her fifth home run in six games while going 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI.

She helped the Blue Devils (8-7, 3-1) in the circle as well, scattering five hits while giving up an earned run and adding seven strikeouts.

“She’s definitely dialed in,” Brunswick coach Julie Salzman said. “She’s showing such a great level of maturity and not getting rattled or upset no matter what happens.”

Not that it’s happened that much at the plate for Galloway. A solid hitter coming in, what she’s done over the last six games shows just how good she is. In addition to her home runs, she’s batting .765 with six singles and two doubles while adding 11 RBI.

When teams aren’t unintentionally, intentionally walking her, she’s making them pay.

The Bees (7-8, 3-3) pitched to her with a one-run lead in the fourth and she hit her fifth tater of the season. In the seventh, she added two more RBI with a single to left off Bobbi Langlois (3-7).

“McKenna proved today that she’s a solid hitter and pitcher,” Medina coach Jessica Toocheck said. “She goes out and gets the hit when she’s supposed to at the plate and the out when she needs it on the mound. She works hard. She deserves the credit for what she does.”

What Galloway did in the circle was equally impressive. She threw a runner out trying to go from second to third on a ground ball, made a great stab on a screaming liner for an inning-ending double play and pitched a smart game.

After allowing three hits through two, Galloway (8-6) gave up just two more the rest of the way to pick up the win.

The Blue Devils busted it open by putting four runs on the board in the sixth.

The inning started innocently with a strikeout, but Alexa Reis laced a triple to deep center and came around to score on an error later in the frame. It was the first of three unearned runs in the inning.

“We really needed that,” said Brunswick second baseman Maria Ulisses, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. “When we get going, we keep going. Our team has been up and down, but it’s all about knowing we can play.”

Langlois was matching Galloway pitch for pitch most of the contest until the fateful sixth, ending the Bees’ three-game winning streak.

“It’s frustrating,” Langlois said. “Sometimes we have to work on knowing what we can do and what we can’t do.

“It definitely snowballs, but it’s more like a panic. It turns into, ‘What am I going to do with the ball and where should I throw it?’ It’s very frustrating when it gets started.”

Contact Brad Bournival at sports@medina-gazette.com.