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HS Softball Report by ALAN BRAKE
September 7, 2013Montgomery County High School
SB LADY WILDCATS WIN 1 LOSE 2 LAST WEEK
The Montgomery County R-2 Lady Wildcats Softball team played 3 games last week. On Tuesday, September 3, they lost to Wright City 5-3 in an extra inning game (9 innings played instead of 7). On Thursday, September 5, they lost to Van-Far 5-4. On Friday, September 6, they defeated St. Clair 8-3.
With these three games, the Lady Wildcats have an overall record of 5 wins and 3 losses. The first two games were also East Missouri (EMO) Conference games, which gives the Lady Wildcats an 0-2 EMO Conference record.
WRIGHT CITY GAME
Wright City is usually one of the top teams in the EMO Conference, and for several years WC has usually beaten R-2 by 10 runs or more whenever they faced each other. This loss was a tough one for the Lady Wildcats, but shows how much they have improved this season.
The game was scoreless through the first 2 innings. Freshman Lady Wildcat pitcher, Corryn Hill struck out 6 of the first 7 WC batters. The Lady Wildcats did have a runner reach third base in each of the first 2 innings, but could not come up with the key hit to drive in a run.
Although Hill struck out 2 batters in the top of the third inning, WC put together a single, a sacrifice bunt to advance the runner to second base, and another single to take a 1-0 lead. WC kept that lead until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Lady Wildcats scored 3 runs.
Shelby Roark started the fourth with a walk and went to third base on a single by Hill. Roark scored on a WC error on a ball hit by Cayleigh Lively. Hill then scored the second run, and Lively scored the third run on a single by Adrianna Reese to give the Lady Wildcats a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately the Lady Wildcats never really threatened to score the rest of the game.
WC did threaten to score in the top of the sixth inning, as they loaded the bases with on 2 singles and a walk. However, Hill struck out the next 2 batters to end the inning and keep the score at 3-1.
WC was able to score 2 runs in the top of the seventh inning, putting together 4 singles and 2 walks to score the runs. They would have scored 3 runs, but the Lady Wildcats were able to throw out a WC runner at the plate on a throw from right field. This kept the score tied at 3-3 at the end of the regulation 7 innings, sending the game into extra innings.
Neither team scored in the eighth inning, but Wright City took advantage of 2 Lady Wildcat errors and then 2 singles in the top of the ninth inning to score 2 runs and take a 5-3 lead. The Lady Wildcats did not have a runner reach base in the bottom of the ninth, and WC won the game 5-3.
The individual offensive stats for the Lady Wildcats were as follows (listed according to the batting order for the game): Shelby Miles 1 hit; Roark 1 hit, 1 run scored; Hill 2 hits, 1 run scored; Lively 1 run scored, 1 run batted in (RBI); and Reese 1 hit, 1 RBI.
Hill pitched all 9 innings for the Lady Wildcats and took the loss. She allowed 5 runs (3 earned) on 12 hits, 4 walks, and 2 R-2 errors. She struck out 18 batters.
Lady Wildcats Head Coach Trent Crenshaw had the following comments about the game, “This will be one that will sting for a while. Wright City made better adjustments at the plate and made plays when they had to. We definitely let one slip away. The best thing going for us is that we practice a day and then have two games in a row. That will give us a chance to learn from this and then apply it in the future.”
The Van-Far game was very much like the Wright City game, in that the Lady Wildcats took the lead midway through the game, but were unable to hold on to win the game. After 2 scoreless innings, the Lady Wildcats scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. Miles hit a single and then scored on a triple on a triple by Roark to take a 1-0 lead. Roark attempted to make the hit a home run, but was thrown out at home plate.
Van-Far came back to tie the game in the bottom of the third, as the Lady Indians put together 2 singles, combined with an R-2 error, to make the score 1-1 at the end of 3 innings. The Lady Wildcats scored a run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 2-1 lead.
Hill started the inning with a walk. Reese followed that with a single and then an error on the play allowed Hill to score and Reese to reach second base. The Lady Wildcats had a 2-1 lead, but did not score any more runs that inning.
R-2 then added 2 more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Miles got things started with a single, which was followed by a walk to Roark. Hill then hit a triple, which scored Miles and Roark.
Van-Far did not give up and came back with 4 runs in the bottom of the fifth. R-2’s troubles started when the lead-off batter was hit by a pitch. Hill struck out the next batter, but then 3 of the next 4 VF batters reached base because of Lady Wildcat errors. All 4 of these batters eventually scored to give VF a 5-4 lead.
The Lady Wildcats did have 2 batters reach base in the sixth inning and 1 batter reach base in the seventh inning. However, they did not get the key hit they needed to score any of those runners and they lost the game 5-4.
Coach Crenshaw had the following comment about the game and the girls, “We are still learning about how to play with a lead and to close out games. The girls are competing at a higher level, we just need to learn how to finish.”
The individual offensive stats for the Lady Wildcats were as follows: Klekamp 1 hit; Miles 2 hits, 2 runs scored; Roark 2 hits, 1 run scored, 1 RBI; Hill 3 hits, 1 run scored, 2 RBIs; Lively 1 hit; and Reese 1 hit.
Hill pitched 6 innings for the Lady Wildcats and took the loss. She allowed 5 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 4 R-2 errors. She struck out 4 batters.
ST. CLAIR GAME
The Lady Wildcats bounced back from these two tough losses, by defeating St. Clair 8-3 on Friday, at St. Clair. Information concerning this game was not available when this report was written. A report on this game will be in a future issue of the Standard.
The Lady Wildcats have two EMO Conference games this week. On Tuesday, September 10, they will host Clopton at the R-2 Softball Complex (behind the football field). On Thursday, September 12, they will travel to Wellsville to play Wellsville-Middletown. Both games start at 5:00 p.m.
Next week the Lady Wildcats will play two more EMO Conference games. On Tuesday, September 17, they will host North Callaway at the R-2 Softball Complex. On Thursday, September 19, they will play at Elsberry. Again, both games will start at 5:00 p.m.
The Lady Wildcats and Coach Crenshaw encourage you to attend their games and cheer them on to victory. Go Lady Wildcats!