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Rain outs cloud beginnings of softball seasons

By Staff | Mar 31, 2010

So far, the 2010 season has not been as kind as it could have been to the Lady Knight softball team at Tyler Consolidated. With four games postponed due to weather and field conditions, the Ladies in Silver have been able to get only one date of five in, and that was a dubious double-header with the Maroon Knights of Wheeling Central on Saturday.

At the I-470 fields in Wheeling the Lady Knights showed up for essentially their first game of the season, minus a few key players, and took a trouncing in both games, 14-0 and 14-4.

“You have to remember, this was our first game, against a good team, missing key players, and on the road,” said Lady Knight head coach Charlene Galluzzo. “We’re not making excuses here, just stating the facts. We played a lot of younger players, who were taking the field for the first time, and it was a little unnerving for them. We pitched some kids who generally aren’t in that position, but we finished both games and I’d like to think we learned something from it all.”

The first inning of both games told the story, as Knight pitchers walked several in the first innings to put them at a disadvantage from the get-go. Senior Christy Jones and junior Emily Moore handled the pitching duties in the first game, and in the second it was Jones, Moore, Torrye Cline, and Taylor Clem.

“Our bats came around though,” the coach said. “We got runners on, but couldn’t seem to get them in.”

Getting singles in the first game were Sami Jones, Christy Jones and Amanda Goodfellow.

In the second game Cline went three for three in the game and knocked in two RBI’s; Moore singled and knocked in two RBI’s; and Sami Jones and Stephana Wilcox each singled.

The Knights have at least three games scheduled this week, but Mother Nature will decide if they get them in or not.

The team will play at Parkersburg Catholic on Wednesday and will head to Brooke on Saturday.

On April 5 the Lady Knights will host Doddridge at 1 p.m. and Parkersburg South on April 6 in a double header at Knight Stadium.

The Lady Wildcats of Paden City hosted the Parkersburg Catholic Lady Crusaders in a double header on Saturday, and had better luck in the second game than they did in the first. The ‘Cats fell 5-4 in the first game and came back to take the win 6-5 in the second.

In the first game of the double header, the ‘Cats started off with Amber Palmer at the pitchers position. Palmer handed out seven walks and seven strike outs. Loub took over little more than halfway through, striking out two and walking two.

At the plate Bethany Arnett doubled for an RBI for the home team; Dominique Craft doubled for an RBI; Katie Kline doubled; and Samantha Shreves singled to drive home a run.

“We should have had this game,” said head coach of the Lady ‘Cats, Penny Baker. “Walks hindered us, but we did have four hits.”

In the second game, the ‘Cats held their ground as they took the win 6-5 with Kelsey Loy at the first position.

The left handed Loy struck out 10 Crusader batters and walked eight.

The ‘Cats had five hits in the game including: Arnett doubling for one RBI; Courtney Conaway, singled for an RBI; Cline singled for an RBI and Stephanie West hit two singles.

“We actually did pretty well,” Baker said.

“Our pitching is coming along nicely and the girls are keeping their eye on the ball all the way into the plate better, and we’re getting solid hits.”

The Wildcats game with Bishop Donahue was canceled on Monday but the team has a game on Wednesday at home with Beallsville. On April 5 the team will travel to Valley.