Kutztown pitcher MaKayla Drey

Two Berks County and District 3 powers squared off Monday afternoon at Hamburg.  As expected, the matchup between the Hawks and Cougars came down to the wire.  MaKayla Drey admitted that she was nervous when longtime head coach Kevin Conrad decided to making a pitching change with one out in the bottom of the 7th inning.  "It kind of scared me. Just to be honest, kind of scared me a little bit," Drey told Paul Roberts of SV Sports.  The senior had held a potent Hamburg lineup to one run on four hits over 6.1 innings.  Katie Behler ripped a leadoff double to left-center in the 7th.  Drey got Hailie Edwards to pop out and that's when Conrad opted to turn the ball over to sophomore Brianna Bauscher.  He wanted to give the Hawks a different look and it paid off.  Jenna Shuman flew out to left field before Bauscher struck out Hannah Gravish to preserve a 2-1 victory for Kutztown.  The (16-3) Cougars extended their winning streak to 14 and  ended Hamburg's 11-game win streak.  Freshman Jayden Gehris made her first start a memorable one.  She stroked a RBI double to center in the 5th to put Kutztown in front 1-0.  A passed ball gave the Cougars a 2-0 edge.  The Hawks got on the board in the bottom of the 5th thanks to Kylah Reading's solo homer to left-center.  The junior outfielder has nine home runs this season in twenty games.  She launched 12 HR a season ago.  Reading was 2-for-3 on Monday and became Hamburg's all-time hits leader with 123.  Hailey Strunk fired a complete game with six strikeouts.  She allowed five hits, two were doubles by Gehris.  The (17-3) Hawks are the Division 3 champs in the Berks League.  Kutztown came out on top in Division 4.  Both teams won District 3 titles last year and reached the state quarterfinals in their respective classifications.  The BCIAA quarterfinals begin this Saturday.  When Drey isn't playing softball, she enjoys fishing, hunting and archery.  She revealed her top 3 country music performers.


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