Ravenswood walks past Parkersburg Catholic, 18-2

VIENNA – There’s an old adage about walks coming back to hurt you.

That was the case Wednesday at the Vienna Softball Complex as visiting Ravenswood took advantage of 15 base on balls by host Parkersburg Catholic en route to handing the Crusaderettes an 18-2 setback.

“They weren’t hits, but they show that we are being patient at the plate and not swinging at bad pitches and that can be just as important as hits,” said Ravenswood head coach Cindy Carmichael. “We played them (Parkersburg Catholic) on Tuesday and hit their pitching pretty well, so I think that was in the back of their (pitchers’) minds.”

Whatever the case, the Red Devils, now on a three-game winning streak, improved to 5-4 on the season with a home encounter with Ritchie County set for Tuesday while Parkersburg Catholic, now 0-5, will look to break into the win column when it travels to Mt. Zion on Friday to play a doubleheader against Calhoun County.

Savana Casto, who belted out a trio of home runs-including two grand slams – against the Crusaderettes in a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, got things rolling with a walk on four straight pitches by PC’s Lydia Walters.

Sidnee Morgan and Katie Buckbee followed with base on balls to load the bases with Red Devils for cleanup hitter Ciara Trouille.

The Ravenswood catcher jumped on the first offering by Walters and drove the ball down the left-field line for a three-run double to give the visitors the lead for good. That would be just the beginning, however.

Six more runs would be pushed across the plate by the Jackson Countians before the hosts would record an out and the Red Devils would end up sending 16 batters to the plate and scoring10 runs before the Crusaderettes would even get an at-bat.

That didn’t last long, however, as Casto struck out the first two batters she faced and then got PC’s Ellen Roedersheimer to ground out to second for a 1-2-3 effort in the only inning she would hurl.

Getting the victory would be freshman Dezirae Lester, who pitched the final two frames, allowing both runs and giving up a trio of singles to Walters, Reily Sturm and Katie Tennant-the final one bringing home Walters and Sturm with the Crusaderettes’ only runs of the game.

“We have been wanting to get our freshman (Lester) out there to pitch and today seemed like the right time to do that,” continued Carmichael. “We have a lot of games coming up and we needed to get her some innings, so that was big for us today.”

Morgan and Trouille finished with three runs-batted-in apiece while Buckbee, Holly Chiles and Heather Randolph chipped in with two RBIs each.