Lady Silver Knights drop pair of OVAC games
Losing a game in extra innings can be heartbreaking, especially when playing a talented team such as the Parkersburg South Lady Patriots.
Some coaches will say there is no such thing as a “good” loss, but there is nothing to be ashamed of when taking the sixth-largest school in the state to the brink.
That was the situation last Tuesday, March 31 as the Tyler Consolidated Lady Silver Knights gave new OVAC member Parkersburg South all they could handle at Don Godbey Memorial Park.
The game was a pitcher’s duel with the Lady Silver Knights’ ace Kaitlyn Goudy and South Patriot CeCe Bailey giving the fans some exciting softball action.
Both hurlers sat down batter after batter until the Lady Knights finally lit up the scoreboard in the top of the fifth.
Heather Suter opened up the frame with a double to left-center before Shaylee Dawson sent her to third on a ground ball. Goudy then helped her own cause with an RBI via squeeze play in which Suter touched the dish just before the tag.
The Lady Patriots tied it up in the bottom of the sixth as Megan Wilson batted in Jessica Daugherty.
After a scoreless seventh inning, Goudy put her team in position to score after reaching first on an error and advancing to second on a wild pitch.
Amanda Goodfellow and Kayla Fisher were then placed with the opportunity of being heroine, but Bailey’s masterful pitching proved to be too much as both were retired to end the side.
Parkersburg South scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth after Morgan Wilson knocked in Katelyn Porter on an 0-2 count with two outs.
The loss knocked Tyler Consolidated down to 4-2 while South improved to 3-1.
Because of poor fielding conditions as a result of the weather, the Lady Silver Knights faced only one other opponent on the week.
Originally the game was scheduled for Wednesday at Kidwell.
After mother nature had her say, Tyler Consolidated found its way to Weirton on Thursday to battle the Red Riders.
Weir came ready to play and caught the Lady Knights off guard by scoring one run in the first and extending their lead to four with a three-run third.
Another insurance run in the fifth was added before Tyler Consolidated finally got the offense going.
In the top of the seventh, the Knights avoided the shutout with an RBI by Yoho, but couldn’t get anything else going and fell 5-1.
Weir’s battery limited Tyler Consolidated’s chances with only three hits while striking out seven.
Those hits came via Goudy with a double, Sami Jones and Yoho.
Goudy picked up the loss after fanning five.