DiStasi helps send Wesleyan to Columbus

NORCROSS -- Earning a trip back to Columbus made the final game at Agape Field a special one for all of the Wesleyan seniors.

It was a little more memorable for Victoria DiStasi, though.

The center fielder tried to shift the attention to her teammates, but what she had done at the plate Thursday made that very, very difficult.

DiStasi drove in five runs with a homer, two doubles and a sacrifice fly as No. 4-ranked Wesleyan earned a trip to the Class AA Elite Eight in Columbus with a 6-1 victory over visiting Washington-Wilkes.

"It's great to come out and get a victory, especially because it is the last home game for the seniors," DiStasi said. "It special to be going back to Columbus."

DiStasi made sure that happened.

After Wesleyan (27-9) lost the opener 5-2 against Washington-Wilkes (16-16) on Wednesday despite DiStassi's RBI triple, the clean-up hitter had a two-run homer and a single in the 8-0 second-game victory that kept the Wolves alive.

But DiStasi saved the best for last.

Her homer in the deciding third game came in a three-run first inning and she had a part in all the Wesleyan runs during a 3-for-3 game at the plate.

The two homers against Washington-Wilkes were the first of the season for DiStasi.

"Everyone was telling her that she was going to hit one out," coach Nicole Dixon said.

DiStassi moved from left field to center after Landyn Duley fractured her foot and she plays an important role for Wesleyan on defense as well as offense.

"She's done a great job," Dixon said. "It wasn't just this game or this series."

Amanda DeLaPerriere pitched the first four innings for Wesleyan, allowing six hits and the Washington-Wilkes run. Then Dacia Jones came in and threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.

CaraMia Tsirigos had two singles for Wesleyan and also reached on a walk and an illegal pitch. Katie Frerking and Sydney Stone each had a double for the Wolves. Riley Henning had the other Wesleyan hit and made two running catches in left field.

Wesleyan was the state runner-up in Class A last season.

"It definitely should help us that we have been to Columbus before," DiStasi said. "We know what to expect."

"Hopefully we can build off last year and win it all this time," Dixon said.