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WVHS Softball: Lady Rams Win Season Opener

Brianna Jennings and Chelsea Epler each drove in a pair of runs as the Lady Rams rallied for a 5-3 victory at Maine-Endwell on April 12. The Lady Rams outhit the Lady Spartans, 10-4, but needed a four-run uprising in the fourth inning to pick up a victory in their long-delayed season opener. Wyalusing’s first game was scheduled for March 25, meaning it had to wait 19 days because of snow, rain and wet grounds before breaking the seal on the 2011 season. The rust showed early, especially on defense, where six errors, including three in the bottom of the first inning, marred the debut. It also put pressure on Jennings, who, despite giving up just four hits, had to work with base runners on in five of her seven innings of work. Wyalusing took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a pair of doubles by Bobbi Jo Loyack and Jennings. In the bottom of the frame, Maine-Endwell struck for two runs. Sydney Bendert reached on an error to lead off the inning. Catherine Miller followed with a single and moved to second on another error. Both runners scored on an error off the bat of Allison Unger. In the fourth inning, Wyalusing batted around, plating all the runs Jennings needed. With one out, Laci Holdren reached on an error. A pair of fielder’s choices off the bats of Loyack and Lauren Chadwick failed to produce a run and loaded the bases for Jennings. Jennings belted a hard comebacker that struck Maine-Endwell pitcher Kim Jones on the right hand, forcing her from the game. Holdren scored on the play. Marisa Marone took the pitcher’s circle for the Lady Spartans and got the second out on a pop-out to shortstop. With Epler at the plate, Loyack scored on a passed ball, giving Wyalusing the lead for the first time, 3-2. Epler followed with a two-run single for a 5-2 lead. Maine-Endwell went down fighting, scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh that saw the winning run at the plate. With two outs, Miller walked and Rachel Fotusky was hit by a pitch. Unger followed with an RBI single that plated Miller and moved Fotusky to third. Unger stole second to get into scoring position, but Jennings recorded her eighth strikeout of the game to end the game. Jennings and Arielle Kneller led the Lady Ram attack with three hits each, including Jennings’ first-inning double. Loyack had two hits, including a double. Holdren singled. Wyalusing had a hard time coming up with a clutch hit that could have broken the game open. The Lady Rams stranded 14 base runners. Jones and Marone combined for four strikeouts and four walks for Maine-Endwell.
Wyalusing Valley shortstop Laci Holdren holds on to the ball after tagging out Maine-Endwell’s Taylor Chidester at second base. Photo by Bob Hutchings.Wyalusing Valley shortstop Laci Holdren holds on to the ball after tagging out Maine-Endwell’s Taylor Chidester at second base. Photo by Bob Hutchings.

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