Lady Knights win over Valley Lumber Jills
The Lady Knight varsity softball team at Tyler Consolidated had a full and busy schedule last week, gaining one win in four games, putting their season win/loss record standing at 7-15 at this point in the season.
“I feel that we should have won more games than this, this year,” said head coach of the team, Charlene Galluzzo. “We’re better than our record indicates. But I’ve seen a lot of growth from this team over the season, who knows what the next couple of weeks will bring.”
Playing at Williamstown on April 16, the Lady Knights put forth a good effort and gave their hosts a run for their money, but it was too-little-too-late as they met with defeat 10-9. The bats were swinging in the right direction for the Silver as they scored their nine runs on 16 hits, but committed seven errors. The Lady Jackets scored 10 runs on 13 hits and had four errors in the contest.
Knight pitcher, Torrye Cline walked one batter, struck out three and gave up 16 hits in the contest.
At the plate, senior Jennifer Yost went 2-5 on the day with a single and double for one RBI; Myah Charkawi hit two singles for one RBI; Kali Mead, singled, one RBI; Cline, two singles, one RBI; Jasmine Moore, two singles, one RBI; Taylor Clem, one double; Martina Parrish, single, double, two RBI’s; Devinn Moore, two singles and Megan Carpenter, two singles.
“We had this team where we wanted them, but errors hurt us,” Galluzzo said. “We allowed them to many free runs.”
Senior night ceremonies for the lone senior on the team, Jennifer Yost, took place on April 17 at Lady Knight field immediately preceding the game with the Valley Lumber Jills and the Lady Knights.
It was all Knights in this game as the home team took the win 13-2 with 14 hits and two errors, and holding the Jills to four hits.
The Silver put four runs on the scoreboard in the second, three in the third and six in the fourth to clinch the win.
Freshman Devinn Moore worked the circle for the home team, walking two.
Offensively, Yost singled and tripled to bring home two runs; Mead singled and doubled to score two; Charkawi hit two singles for two RBI’s; Clem singled for an RBI; Bubenchik hit one single and two doubles to collect two RBI’s; Jasmine Moore singled; Cline singled; and Parrish hit one single.
“Jen is our only senior this year, and she’s been with me for four years,” the coach said. “She started out as a utility player and worked her way into a very reliable outfielder for us. She’s been our lead off batter, and will be missed next year. She set a goal to beat the stolen base record on the team set by former player Jeanne Fox in 1999, and she did that last year with 23.”
At Ritchie County on April 18, the Lady Knights were blanked, 10-0 with three hits and four errors in the contest. Ritchie scored ten runs on eight hits.
Cline worked the first position, walking three and giving up eight hits.
For the Knights, Cline, Taylor Clem and Megan Carpenter each singled.
On April 20 at River, the Lady Knights failed to plate a runner in the 10-0 loss to the Lady Pilots. The Silver had one hit in the game, a single in the fifth inning by Shandi Long which broke up a no-hitter by Pilot pitcher, Gabby Goudy.
River scored 10 runs on 10 hits and had one error in the game to the Knights five errors committed.
Junior Torrye Cline worked the pitcher’s position for the Silver and Black, walking three and striking out three. Alex Bubenchik completed the battery.
“We’ve had some great moments this season,” coach Galluzzo said. “We turned some double plays and have been sustaining our focus. And that will be the key in getting past our sectionals, focus. We’ve hit the ball this year better than we ever have, we just have to have the total package, and focus.”
The Lady Knights will have an LKC placement game this week before sectionals begin.