Softball teams deal with highs and lows
Highs and lows is the way both local high school head coaches describe their softball season thus far. Both teams have put together some excellent games for some great wins, and both have lost a few games they feel they should not have.
The week started out tough for the Lady Knights of Tyler Consolidated as they headed to Ritchie County only to be blanked by the Lady Rebels in both games of a double header, 22-0 and 15-0.
“They are an excellent team,” said Lady Knight head coach Charlene Galluzzo. “They hit very well, and our seven errors in the first game and seven in the second didn’t help.”
Junior Heather Suter took the loss at the first position with seven walks and one strike out, and allowed 10 earned runs.
In the second game, though they took the loss again, the Lady Knights put forth a better effort and held the Rebels to 15 runs. Senior Christy Jones held down the pitchers position, striking out four, walking four and allowing five earned runs. Heather Suter and Torrye Cline singled.
At Williamstown on April 14, the Silver and Black split a double header with the Lady Yellow Jackets. In the first game, the Lady Knights took the win, 10-7 with Suter pitching six strike outs, six walks and giving up two earned runs.
Getting hits in the game were Cline, with three singles and an RBI; Christy Jones, three singles, four RBI’s; Sami Jones, two singles, one RBI; Amanda Goodfellow, one RBI; Heather Suter, singled, one RBI; Taylor Clem, one RBI; Emily Moore, two singles, two RBI’s; Mallory Hammond, four singles, one RBI; and Keri Suter, two singles and one RBI.
“I was very pleased with this one,” the coach said. “We went six-of-six steals on the day and had 10 RBI’s. The girls played a complete game.”
In the second game however, the plans for a sweep fell apart when the team fell to the Jackets, 9-2. Moore pitched one strike out, one walk and gave up six runs; Keri Suter threw one strike out and gave up three runs.
Christy Jones singled, Heather Suter hit two singled and plated one runner; and Clem knocked in a run.
The Lady Wildcats played host to the Lady Pilots of River on April 14 and took the win in a high scoring 10 inning affair, 22-21.
“We played well in this game,” said Penny Baker, head coach of the ”Cats. “We did have six errors, but we didn’t allow the domino-effect to take place in the game like we sometimes do.”
Paden City put their dependence on Amber Palmer in the pitching position who struck out seven batters and walked 11.
At the plate Stephanie West singled, doubled and tripled for two RBI’s; Kelsey Loub doubled twice and had two RBI’s; Ashley Efaw doubled twice and singled for one RBI; Courtney Conaway doubled, singled and tripled to plate five runners; and Bethany Arnett hit three doubles to collect one RBI.
At Williamstown on April 15 the ‘Cats could not quite get their game plan in action as they fell to the Lady Yellow Jackets, 10-7. Loy pitched five strikeouts and walked seven batters. Palmer came on in relief, walking three and striking out three.
The team had 10 hits in the game including: two singles by Dominique Craft, two singles off the bat of Amanda Tallman; and a double and two RBI’s from Efaw’s bat.
On April 15 the Lady Knights played host to the Valley Lumber Jills, and held on for the 8-7 win. Consolidated plated eight runs on 14 hits and had three errors in the game. The Lady Knights scored seven of their eight runs in the fourth inning to get the win.
Junior Heather Suter took the win at the pitcher’s position, fanning 10 batters and walking six.
At the plate the Knights had a good evening with nine players getting hits: Cline hit two singles; Christy Jones doubled twice, two RBI’s; Sami Jones hit two singles and had one RBI; Tayler Vossen singled and had one RBI; Heather Suter doubled and had two RBI’s; Hammond singled, one RBI; Moore, hit two singles; Jennifer Yost singled twice for one RBI: and Keri Suter singled for an RBI.
At Bridgeport on Saturday the Ladies in Green lost both ends of a double header to the Bulldogs, 14-2 and 11-3.
Palmer pitched the first game, walking seven and striking out five. Getting hits in the first outing were Arnett, West, Cline, and Tallman with singles and Efaw, with a double.
In game two, Palmer started at the first position, walking five and striking out three and Loy came on in relief, walking one and striking out six.
At the plate, Palmer, Conaway, Craft, Loub, Tallman and Cline all singled. West singled and doubled.
The Lady Knights and ‘Cats met each other at Tyler Consolidated on Monday night for a double header.
Consolidated took both games, but the Lady ‘Cats put forth a good effort in both games.
In the first game, Suter pitched for the Knights, striking out nine and walking seven in the 10-1 win. Palmer was in the first position for the ‘Cats, striking out seven and walking four.
Sami Jones hit two singles for Consolidated and had one RBI; Goodfellow, Clem and Christy Jones singled.
Palmer and Efaw each singled.
Game two saw the Knights take the win 14-8 with Suter striking out 16 and walking four.
Paden City put seven runs on the scoreboard in the first inning to take a demanding lead in the game, but the Knights had a rally with six runs in the seventh to take the win.
Loy pitched eight strikeouts and nine walks for the Green.
Sami Jones placed two singles and a triple for four RBI’s for the home team.