South, Wheeling Park split twinbill
PARKERSBURG -What burned Parkersburg South in the first game of Friday’s doubleheader with Wheeling Park at Godbey Field, turned out to be beneficial in the nightcap as the two teams settled on a split.
After making seven errors in a 12-3, five-inning loss in the opener, South rallied from a 6-5 deficit in the second game and scored the eventual game-winning run when Wheeling Park committed an error that allowed Sydney Smith to score after doubling home Sarah Huffman with the tying run all with two outs in the top of the seventh inning.
In her third inning of relief, Smith allowed a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh inning but got a ground out to end the game and give South the 7-6 victory.
South moves to 4-12, while Wheeling Park goes to 4-3.
Kristen Hamilton, Trinity Fury and Smith each contributed two hits as South’s offense generated a total of 11 hits. Fury also drove in two runs.
In the first game, South kept Wheeling Park’s tablesetters in check. However, the rest of the Wheeling Park lineup didn’t leave hungry after combining for 11 hits.
Despite seeing her top two hitters in the lineup go 0-for-8, Wheeling Park coach Deedra Davis enjoyed the fact that the rest of her offense contributed at least one hit in the next seven slots.
“We have power – we just don’t have speed,” Davis said. “Once our power hitters hit instead of ground balls and getting thrown out, we can win games.”
While South struggled defensively, including three errors in a six-run fifth inning, Wheeling Park committed just one miscue – which factored into South taking a 1-0 lead after one inning.
Wheeling Park took the lead for good after scoring three runs in the top of the second inning. The eighth hitter in the lineup, Colleen Tracy, belted an offering from Smith over the center fielder’s head for an RBI double.
South stayed within striking distance in its half of the second inning when Huffman sent an 0-1 pitch from Wheeling Park starting pitcher Carly Greer over the center field fence for a solo home run.
After committing two errors in the second inning, South misplayed two more plays in Wheeling Park’s three-run third inning. Keleigh Sidon, Morgan Karnell and Tracy delivered RBI singles.
Megan Bosley entered the game in relief for South and tossed a scoreless fourth inning, but was roughed up for five hits in the fifth inning. The big blows were provided by Katarina Donzella’s two-run double, along with RBI singles by Sarah Long and Karnell.
Following the Huffman home run to lead off the second inning, Greer settled down and scattered five hits and allowed just one run in her final four innings of work.
Trailing 12-2 and needing three runs to extend the game into the sixth inning, South managed one run against Greer in the fifth inning on Fury’s RBI base hit. Greer then clinched the win by retiring the next three hitters, including two on strikeouts. She finished with four punchouts total.