Lady Falcons swept by Parkersburg in doubleheader

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A rough way to spend a Saturday.

The Wahama softball team lost both games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Class AAA Parkersburg, falling by identical 9-1 counts to the host Big Reds.

In the opening contest, Wahama (3-4) scored the initial run, as Hannah Rose singled and was later doubled home by Taylor McGrew.

Parkersburg (4-4) answered with five runs in the bottom of the first and added three more in the home half of the third inning. In the bottom of the fifth inning Kelsey Goots singled home Janna Yost, giving the hosts a 9-1 mercy rule victory.

PHS senior Alyssa Gates was the winning pitcher of record, allowing one earned run on four hits. Gates struck out seven batters in a complete game effort.

McGrew suffered the loss in the circle for WHS, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits and three walks. McGrew pitched a complete game and struck out one batter.

Four Lady Falcons came up with a hit apiece in the setback. McGrew finished with a double and an RBI, Rose singled once and scored once, while Ashtyn Russell was 1-for-2 with a single and Hannah Billups was 1-for-1 with a single.

Yost tallied three hits to lead PHS, while Goots, Rylee Boggess and Kacee Roberts each marked two hits. Ariana Kennedy and Katie Hudkins both singled once in the victory.

Wahama committed five errors and left three runners on base in the opener, while PHS had zero errors and nine runners stranded.

In the second game, Wahama again scored first, this time in the second inning when Autumn Baker drove in McGrew.

PHS answered with three runs in the bottom of the second and four more in the third. In the bottom of the fifth, Maggie Richards doubled home both Kennedy and Hudkins, giving the hosts their second 9-1 mercy rule victory of the day.

Goots was the winning pitcher of record for the Big Reds, allowing one run on four hits and two walks. In a complete game effort, Goots struck out seven batters.

Rose suffered the setback in the circle in the second game, allowing nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits. Rose struck out one batter in a complete game effort.

Wahama also had four players with a hit apiece in the second game, with McGrew going 1-for-1 with a run scored. Rose, Maddy VanMatre and Emily VanMatre were each 1-for-2, while Baker had an RBI.

Richards and Hudkins led the victors with two hits apiece, while Yost, Roberts, Kennedy and Kelsey Flemming each had one hit.

In the second game, Wahama committed four errors and left four runners on base, while PHS committed one error and left four runners stranded.

After a trip to Waterford on Monday, the Lady Falcons will return home to host Southern on Tuesday.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley

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