Lady Knights fall in two
The rainiest Spring in years caused more than a few headaches for softball and baseball teams throughout West Virginia, including the Lady Knights. More than once the team has had to juggle games and even venues in order to get games in, but it was done, and now it’s all over until next year.
On May 2 the Lady Knights, which were to host the Region One – Section Two Class AA games, wound up playing in New Martinsville due to field conditions, against the Lady Eagles of Magnolia. The scenario called for a double header with an “if needed” third game to be played the next day. Playing short handed, due to eight members of the team missing while on a choir trip, the Lady Knights played heads up ball despite the disadvantage.
Though the Silver rallied in the middle innings of the first game, the Lady Blue Eagles took the win, 11-3.
The Knights scored three runs on four hits and had six errors in the game. The Blue Eagles scored 11 runs on seven hits and had one error.
A home run by Magnolia in the first had the Silver playing catch-up almost from the get-go. Playing the short game with bunts and slaps put a few Lady Knights on base, but unable to cross the plate for the score.
Senior Heather Suter controlled the first position for the Silver, walking six and striking out four. Keri Suter completed the battery.
Offensively, Myah Charkawi went 2-3 in the game, hitting two singles for one RBI. Jennifer Yost singled; Keri Suter, doubled; Taylor Clem singled for an RBI; and Torrye Cline single to collect one RBI.
In the second game, the Eagles swept the series by a score of 9-1 to take the Sectional title.
The Knights put a run on the scoreboard in the second, but were answered with an Eagle score in the bottom of the inning, knotting the game at one-all. Magnolia turned in a five-run fourth inning to seal the win.
The Silver scored their one run on two hits and committed three errors in the game.
The Blue scored nine runs on eight hits and had one error.
“We lost our edge in this game,” said head coach of the Lady Knights, Charlene Galluzzo. “We couldn’t put two hits together in an inning. We hit some sharp at them, but failed to find the gap.”
“Magnolia has a solid ball club and should do well in the post-season. They hit the ball well.”
Keri Suter handled the pitching duties for Consolidated, walking four and striking out three. Jennifer Yost completed the battery.
At the plate, Torrye Cline doubled; Keri Suter singled and Heather Suter earned an RBI.
“I was proud of the way we battled shorthanded,” coach Galluzzo said. “Perhaps this will set the tone for next year. We know we can hit them, we just to erase the mistakes.”
Consolidated will lose four seniors to graduation, including Heather Suter, Amanda Goodfellow, Mallory Hammond and Emily Moore, a consistent group that will leave holes in the line-up. But with a solid group of returners coming back next year in Keri Suter, Jennifer Yost, Torrye Cline, Taylor Clem, Tori Hizer, Martina Parrish and Tayler Vossen, and additions from the lower classes, the Lady Knights will look to expand their win/loss record.
The Lady Knights end the season with a 4-13 season record.