Rodney MillerFor The Coal Valley News
April 2, 2013
It is well known throughout the high school softball community that the section of Region 4 that is made up of Scott and Chapmanville may be the toughest sectional tournament in the state at the end of the season.
The Skyhawks hosted the Tigers on Thursday for what could be a preview of this year’s tournament.
Teams traded outs through the first three innings until Chapmanville scored in their top half of the 4th inning. Tiger’s pitcher Talya Berry smacked a line shot hit up the middle to get on 1st base.
The next batter was catcher Hannah Wooten. She went to a full count and fouled several pitches off until she popped a fly ball on the right field line, which was dropped by Scott’s right fielder, which would have made the 2nd out of the inning.
As the unofficial laws of the game dictate, when a major error takes place, like the dropped fly ball, something bad will happen after that. That rule held true when Wooten took an inside pitch out of the park in left field to make the score 2-0 in favor of the Tigers.
Next it was the Skyhawks turn at bat in the bottom of the 4th inning. Knowing that they had work to do, they did just that.
Leadoff batter Katrina Conley drew a walk to 1st base which was followed by Katie Marcum drawing a second base on balls.
Next up was senior center fielder Sara Browning, who smacked a RBI double, brining Conley home to score.
The following batter, senior pitcher Jennifer Miller struck the Tigers again with a double down the left field line for another score by Marcum, evening the score 2-2. With Miller on second, senior left fielder Kasandra Johnson slapped an RBI single for the Skyhawks to take the lead 3-2
Scoring continued for Scott in the inning with Johnson on base, Skyhawk slugger Allyson Johnson stepped to the plate and with a 1 ball 1 strike count, blasted a homerun ball far over the left field fence that ended the inning with Scott taking the lead 6-0.
Chapmanville failed to score the remainder of the game but Scott was not done.
They struck again in the 6th inning to score 4 more runs.
Chapmanville itching began to struggle and walked designated batter Kellian Strange, hit catcher Cassidy Allen with a errant pitch then walked Katrina Conley to load the bases.
One more run scored as the Tiger’s 3rd baseman failed to handle a bunt laid down by Sara Browning, to score another for Scott.
With bases still loaded, Jennifer Miller stepped to the plate and drove a Berry pitch up the middle, to clear the bases for 3 runs, making the score 10-2 to end the game in the 6th inning by the 8 run mercy rule.
Scott improved it’s record to 4-2, while Chapmanville dropped to 3-2.
Next Up for the Skyhawks is a long road trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they will play in the Grand Strand Softball Classic.
They will play teams from Maryland, South Carolina and New York on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, while games for Thursday and Friday has not yet been set.
WP - Scott: Jennifer Miller (P) and Cassidy Allen (C)
LP - Chapmanville: Talya Berry (P) and Hannah Wooten (C)
Jennifer Miller, 2-3, DBL, 4RBI
Allyson Johnson, 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Kasandra Johnson 2-3, RBI
Kellian Strange, 1-2, RBI
Sara Browning, 1-3, RBI
Talya Berry, 2-3
Hannah Wooten, 2-3, HR, 2 RBI
____________ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7___ _R H E
Chapmanville 1 3 1 0 1 0 X 2 6 0
Scott 0 0 0 6 0 4 X 10 7 2
In other games last week,the Scott Skyhawks Softball team traveled to Buffalo, WV and took on the Buffalo Bison in a last minute scheduled softball contest, since both teams hand suffered not playing because of the weather.
Other than the cold, the game was held on the Buffalo turf field, which is not affected by bad weather.
The game went scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning, when Buffalo scored the only run of the contest when Chelsey Parkins got on with a base hit, then went to second on a fielder’s choice, which put her in a scoring position. Amanda Christy hit a line shot into left field off Scott’s pitcher Ally Brown, which allowed Parkins to score.
Both pitchers fared well in the contest, striking out 9 batters each and walking 3 batters each. The difference was the hit totals at the right time. Buffalo had 5 hits off of Scott while Scott had 2 hits off Buffalo’s Parkins.
With the win, Buffalo went 1-0 on the season while Scott dropped to 3-2.
WP - Buffalo: Chelsey Parkins (P) and Amanda Christy(C)
LP - Scott: Ally Brown (P) and Sydney Dangott (C)
Kellian Strange, 1-3
Sara Browning, 1-2
Katie Higganbotham, 2-3
Chelsey Parkins, 1-2, RBI
_____1 2 3 4 5 6 7__ R H E
Buffalo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Scott 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 0 2 0