Softball teams start season slow
The season is ripe for softball action to be played on the fields of the Ohio Valley, and finally fields have dried out enough for schedules to get underway. Both the Paden City Lady Wildcats and Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights played games on their own home fields this week to get their seasons underway.
The Lady ‘Cats saw action for the first time this season at Bishop Donahue on March 22, when Paden City fell to their hosts, 6-5.
Sophomore Kelsey Loy handled the pitching duties for the Green and White on the day, throwing four walks and six strike outs.
The two teams were tied at nothing until the third inning when the Lady ‘Cats went up by plating two. In the fourth the Green and White saw continued success, scoring two more, but allowing Bishop to add a run to their side of the scoreboard.
The success soon waned in the fifth inning however as the home team scored five to take the lead, and eventually the win.
Loy singled and doubled for an RBI.
The Lady Wildcats played host to the Lady Bishops on Monday at Paden City, this time turning the tables on the visitors and earning the win, 7-3.
A six run fourth inning gave the Green and White the lead, and finally, their first win of the season. The ‘Cats scored seven runs on 11 hits and played error free ball on their way to the win.
Loy was credited with the win in the pitchers slot with a fine performance, walking seven and striking out 10 opponents.
Getting hits for the home team were Samantha Shreves who doubled and singled; Katie Kline hit three singles; Kelsey Loub, doubled; Katie Shreves hit three singles; and Loy doubled.
The Lady Wildcats next outing will be at Williamstown on March 31. On April 1 Paden City will play at Tyler Consolidated in a 5 p.m. game.
The Lady Knights started off their season in New Martinsville on Saturday, taking the loss in their first outing, 7-0.
At home on Monday against Doddridge County, though they forced the game to seven innings again, the Silver and Black wound up with their second loss of the season, 8-2.
Doddridge jumped on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the first inning, forcing the Knights to play catch up. In the third, the Lady Bulldogs plated three runs to Consolidated’s one. The Lady Knights were able to plate another runner in the fifth inning, but it was too-little-too-late to get the win.
Doddridge scored eight runs on 10 hits and committed three errors; Consolidated scored two runs on five hits and had seven errors in the game.
Keri Suter took the loss at the pitching position for the Lady Knights, striking out six.
Mya Charkawi hit two singles in the game to collect one RBI for the home team; Heather Suter collected the other RBI.
The Lady Knights will host Beallsville tonight and Ritchie County on March 31. On April 1 the team will play Paden City.