WVHS Softball: Trouble with Trojans
After a pair of impressive non-league wins over Carbondale and Scranton, the Wyalusing Valley softball team stumbled in its Northern Tier League East opener against Troy, 5-0.
The Lady Rams, who fell to 3-1, overall, and 0-1 in the league with the loss, committed five errors and only had three hits in the game that was called after the top of the sixth because of rain and wet grounds.
Troy scored the only run it needed in the fourth inning.
Amanda Goodwin reached second on an error, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Cecelia Morse’s RBI double.
In the fifth inning, Troy batted around and plated four more runs.
Tiffany Mattocks opened the frame with a single and moved to second on Kelly Bridgham’s sacrifice. After Hannah Jackson was hit by a pitch, Kaci Jackson reached on a bunt single.
Goodwin singled home a pair of runs.
An error off the bat of Morse allowed Kaci Jackson and Goodwin to score.
Wyalusing ran itself out of a scoring opportunity in the first inning.
Bobbi Jo Loyack, who had two hits on the day, singled to open the game.
When the next batter popped out to the catcher, an errant throw attempting to nail Loyack sailed into the outfield. Loyack was waved around third base, but she was tagged out at home.
In the fourth inning, Gabby Edsell singled and Mackenzie Martin walked. They both eventually reached scoring position on wild pitches, but neither scored.
Brianna Jennings took the loss. She gave up four hits, while recording five strikeouts.
Hannah Jackson finished with three hits and three walks with two strikeouts for Troy.
Wyalusing 13, Scranton 3
At Scranton, on April 16, Wyalusing jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the five-inning mercy-rule shortened game.
Loyack singled home Lauren Chadwick, who had tripled, to give the Lady Rams a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
In the second inning, Ciera Holland singled and scored as the Lady Rams manufactured a run on Martin’s sacrifice, a passed ball and an error off the bat of Jennings.
Wyalusing scored nine runs in the fourth inning.
Edsell and Caitlyn Doerner each singled and Martin walked to load the bases. Laci Holdren drove in Edsell with a single. Jennings followed with a two-run double. Chadwick added an RBI single. Loyack followed with an RBI double and scored on Arielle Kneller’s single. Kneller eventually scored on an error. Cathryn Pugh reached on an error and scored on Martin’s RBI single.
In the fifth, Chadwick reached on an error and Loyack singled. They both scored on an error.
Scranton’s lone run came in the fourth inning.
Brianna Russell doubled and, after taking third on a fielder’s choice, scored on Allison Brudzinski’s sacrifice fly.
Jennings started the game for Wyalusing, working three innings. She had five strikeouts, while yielding two hits and a walk.
Emily Faulkner worked the next two innings. She gave up three hits and fanned one batter.
Cynthia Petrucci took the loss for Scranton. She allowed 16 hits and two walks, while fanning one batter.
Wyalusing 3, Carbondale 1
At Carbondale, on April 15, Jennings won a pitcher’s duel with the Chargerettes’ Mackenzie Lynn.
Jennings, who gave up one hit and fanned 11 batters with two walks, accounted for all of Wyalusing’s runs at the plate.
In the third inning, Jennings singled home Martin, who reached on a walk and got into scoring position on Holdren’s sacrifice.
With the score tied 1-1, Jennings gave Wyalusing the lead for good in the fifth inning with a two-run home run to right field. Holdren singled ahead of Jennings’s blast.
Carbondale had knotted the score in the bottom of the third inning. Brittany Ogozaly reached on a single, took third on an error and scored on a wild pitch.
Lynn finished with 15 strikeouts for Carbondale. She allowed three hits and walked two batters.