South outslugs PHS
PSHS and Big Reds trade blows in a 19-17 crosstown showdown shootout
PARKERSBURG — Whenever PHS and Parkersburg South convene for a sporting contest, no matter on what playing surface, sparks usually fly.
Monday night’s matchup at Godbey Field was no exception.
With PHS jumping out to a 3-0 lead after just one inning, the stage was set for the Patriots to make a big response.
And boy, did they ever respond.
Burdened with a deficit, the Patriots went about breaking down their rivals’ lead. In just six batters, they were leading 7-0 and chasing Big Reds starting pitcher Nicole Holbert.
It was exactly what Tim Burch had in mind.
“I expected us to hit the ball. We have a good hitting ball club all the way up and down the lineup. When we started knocking it around it was really exciting and we got relaxed a little bit and started coming back,” Burch said.
Still, Kara Snyder’s RBI double wasn’t the end of the party. Shawnee Eddy and Paige Adams tacked on three more runs off reliever Kisten Roberts, and the Patriots held on for a 19-17 victory over their rivals.
Snyder finished the night with a 5-5 effort.
Burch couldn’t help but break into a smile shortly after the ending of the game.
“It is good to beat PHS anytime we play them. It was a good win for us. It really was because I know they feel the same way when it happens for them,” said Burch.
But, the Big Reds didn’t go away until the very end. Roberts and company began chipping away at their 9-6 deficit in the third inning.
Brenna Miller’s solo bomb started the attack.
Emily Allen, Madison Marks and Katelyn Jones driving in runs during their next at bats then set the score at 10-9.
Jones’ knock passed the outstretched glove of second baseman Ashlee Ellison also sent pitcher Taylor Lamp back to the dugout in favor of freshman Riley Richards.
Yet, before the Patriot could settle in, her rivals took the lead even with Roberts getting thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple.
As both Allen and Hayley Williams crossed the plate, the Big Reds went into the bottom of the third inning with an 11-10 advantage.
PHS head coach Jason Roberts showed mixed feelings on his team bringing the fight to the Patriots.
“It showed big growth but in the end we shouldn’t have been in that situation anyway,” he said.
South promptly repsonded with three more runs in the the bottom half of the inning before finally getting the break they desperately needed in the top of the fourth.
PHS batters went down 1-2-3 and South had a little breathing room in a game where runs were at a premium.
And Burch knew his team has just picked up a huge bit of relief.
“We had to put a goose egg up because both of these teams were hitting and we were having problems pitching and that was the turning point when we goose-egged them,” Burch said.
The bit of good fortune followed the Patriots into their half of the frame. South’s first five runners all crossed home plate and PHS could only get within one run.
Keeping the Big Reds at bay was freshman Riley Richards.
South finally nailed down the victory when Makayla Munday hit a bullet to second baseman Kassidy Trimble who threw the ball on to Paige Adams therefore generating the game-ending double play.
Roberts knew the game wouldn’t go on after his player made contact.
“The ball was a perfect ball for Trimble and she is a good player and is going to field that all day long and turn that play,” he said.
Taylor Lamp picked up the win, while Megan Lauderman took the loss.
Roberts was just as unhappy as his counterpart was joyous. He went on to speak about how that is not the kind of game PHS plays in the field.
“We had eight errors and that was probably being generous, but anytime you score 17 runs in a softball game, you should win,” he said.
Speaking of offense, the two teams combined for nine different multi-hit performances. Joining Snyder were teammates Kassidy Trimble (3-6, 3 runs batted in), Becca Beatty (3-4, 2RBIs) and Alicia Lemus (3-5 with 4RBIs).
Allen (3-3, 3RBIs), Marks (3-5, 3RBIs), Williams (3-3, 2RBIs), Rylee Jones (3-3), and Katelyn Jones (3-5, 5 RBIs) did most of the damage for the Big Reds.