SHINNSTON—The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Lady Knights softball program recently played their best game of the season, as they traveled to Lincoln Middle School to take on the Lady Cats of Shinnston.
The Lady Knights started the game with their offense in full swing, while the Lady Cats pitching struggled with control.
The first half of the inning would see Ruth Horne lead off the series for TCMS with a single to right field. She would capitalize and quickly steal second. Jeri Wolford would then draw a walk and Maddie Fryer would be hit by the next pitch to load the base for the four-hole hitter Kaylee Cross.
Cross would hit a lighting bolt to third base, but the Lady Cats’ third baseman would send the ball to home plate to take the first out of the inning in a force play.
Following that action, Isabella Hayhurst was walked, which would bring Wolford home to score and a subsequent walk to the Lady Knight pitcher Maddie Blair would bring home Cross for the second run of the inning.
Two back-to-back strikeouts would then get the Lady Cats out of a precarious inning leaving the Lady Knights stranded to start the bottom of the first with the score 2-0.
The Lady Knights would keep the Lady Cats in check defensively, as Horne fielded a pop up to short and Wolford would field two grounders hit to second and volley them to a waiting Hayhurst at first for a quick one, two, three inning.
An eventful inning for the Lady Cats would see them strike fast, as they quickly tied the score with lobbing base hits and smart baserunning that would have the score tied entering the fourth inning 3-3.
The game would hit a lull, as each team battled to keep the score even through the sixth inning.
The bottom of the sixth would see the Lady Cats of Lincoln rally to score an additional five runs on the strength of third baseman Gump and Pitcher Elders, who combined to bring the bases loaded runners home going into the crucial seventh up by five with an 8-3 score in favor of the Lady Cats.
The last at bat for the Lady Knights would not go well, as they were unable to generate any offense to secure a victory, as the tough fought game on the road came to a close with a final score of 8-3.
“We played great overall. We were a couple simple plays away from winning this game,” shared head coach Chase Setler.
“Our pitching was outstanding, we just need to work on putting everything together. Our offense, defense and pitching then we can start to win a few games,” he added.