Teams scrambling to play
Every softball and baseball team in the Ohio Valley is looking to complete an entire week of games without interuption, but thus far, it seems an impossible task. Both the Tyler Consolidated Lady Knights and Paden City Lady Wildcats are two of those teams, hoping for sunny skies and dry field conditions before seasons end.
At Valley on April 15 the Lady Knights of Tyler Consolidated took on the Lady Lumber Jills in a double header, splitting the wins with the home team, 8-4 and 5-2.
In the first game, the Silver Ladies were on their game, turning in a fine performance to get the 8-4 win. The Lady Knights plated two runners in the lead off inning to take the early lead with two in the third, three in the fifth and one in the sixth to seal the deal.
Torrye Cline was in the pitchers position for Consolidated, going the distance with seven strike outs and seven walks and giving up three hits. Jennifer Yost completed the battery.
At the plate, Taylor Clem went 3-4 on the day hitting three singles. Cline also had a good game at the plate, going 3-4 with two singles and a double for two RBI’s. Yost hit two singles; Keri Suter contributed a single for an RBI and scored two of the runs; Amanda Goodfellow, Jasmine Moore and Mallory Hammond each singled; and Alex Bubenchik and Tayler Vossen each singled for RBI’s.
Game two with the Jills told a different story though with Valley jumping out to take the lead 2-1 in the second inning. The Jills wound up scoring five runs on eight hits while the Knights scored two runs on eight hits and committed five errors in the game.
Keri Suter held down the first position for the Silver and Black, walking three and striking out six. Bubenchik completed the battery.
Offensively, Hammond, Cline, Yost and Suter singled; Goodfellow doubled for an RBI; Clem hit two singles; and Bubenchik doubled.
“We played very well in the first game,” said Lady Knight head coach, Charlene Galluzzo. “In the second game, all I can say it was as different as night and day from the first game. We played flat, couldn’t put our hits and runs together.”
On Monday Consolidated traveled to Beallsville to get the 11-7 win over the Lady Blue Devils.
The Silver and Black turned in a good performance on the day going ahead in the game 6-0 after two. The team scored their 11 runs on seven hits and had four errors.
The Devils scored seven runs on three hits and had eight errors.
Cline pitched the entire game for the Knights, walking nine and striking out 10.
At the plate, Cline hit two singles for one RBI; Jasmine Moore singled for an RBI; Goodfellow singled for two RBI’s; Heather Suter doubled; Hammond and Yost each singled.
“We’re making progress,” Galluzzo said. “Our pups, our younger kids, are learning. We’re setting a foundation for what needs to happen. We’re headed in the right direction.”
The Lady Knights stand at 3-7 at this point in the season with games scheduled with Paden City, Williamstown and Cameron this week, weather permitting.
On April 13 the Lady Wildcats took on the Lady Pilots of River at Hannibal, falling 5-3 in the contest.
A four run second inning set the home team up for the win while handing the ‘Cats their fourth loss of the season. Paden City scored three runs on two hits and had two errors in the game while River scored five on five hits and had six errors.
Kelsey Loy worked the pitcher’s position for the Green and White, striking out eight batters and walking five. Dominique Craft completed the battery for the seven innings.
Offensively, Katie Kline hit two singles to score one run.
The Lady Wildcats are scheduled to play at Tyler Consolidated on Wednesday and will host St. Marys on April 25.