Softball Lady Bobcats go 1-3 over the weekend in the Kanawha Valley

Abagail O'Shields

INSTITUTE – Facing the two teams in front of them in the Mountain East Conference South Division standings, the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat softball team lost some ground on the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets and Charleston Golden Eagles this past weekend.

Wesleyan made the trip to the Kanawha Valley and faced West Virginia State Saturday afternoon where they split a pair of games, dropping an 8- 3 decision in game one but rebounding to take game two by a 5-1 score.

Then on Sunday facing the top team in the league in Charleston, the Lady Bobcats had trouble getting their offense going in a 4-0 game one loss and a 6-1 game two loss.

The action left head coach Steve Warner’s team with an 8-6 record.

Wesleyan took a 3-0 lead after four innings of play.

Kiley Turner singled home Kennedy Cowart in the top of the first and Brooke Clark hit a two-run triple in the top of the fourth for the 3-0 lead.

A seven-run fourth inning did in the Lady Bobcats as they couldn’t recover.

West Virginia State added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Wesleyan had five hits with Turner getting two.

Hannah Hudson (4-1) gave up eight runs on eight hits while walking six and striking out three.

In game two with the Yellow Jackets, they took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on a Turner one-run single and Kelley Bourne reaching on an error scoring Lauryn King.

Wesleyan increased their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth with Bella Posey drawing a one-out walk, Lauren Niglio getting a ground out RBI and Molly Osborne hitting a one-run single.

West Virginia State avoided the shutout with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Wesleyan pounded out 11 hits with Cowart getting three and Grace Smith and Turner two each.

Abigail O’Shields went the distance to earn the win giving up just one earned run on four hits while striking out seven.

In Sunday’s opener with Charleston, the Golden Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the third for a 3-0 lead.

They added one more in the bottom of the sixth inning for the 4-0 win.

Wesleyan mustered just four hits in the loss with Smith, Bourne, Posey and Shelby Kennedy each getting one.

O’Shields (4-3) suffered the loss in a complete-game effort. She gave up four earned runs on nine hits while fanning four and not walking a batter.

Wesleyan scored first in the nightcap with a one-run single from King, but Charleston chased across five runs in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-1 lead.

They added one more run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Clark and Grace Hightower each had two hits for Wesleyan in the loss.

Hudson (4-2) wen the distance and allowed six earned runs on 11 hits while striking out two.

Wesleyan will return to action Wednesday visiting Frostburg State in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

The boxscores:

(GAME 1)

West Virginia Wesleyan 100 200 0 – 3

West Virginia State       000 701 x – 8

E – West Virginia Wesleyan 0; West Virginia State 1. DP – West Virginia Wesleyan 1. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 6, West Virginia State 6. 2B – E. Clark, Barrett, Scruggs, Lebsock. 3B – B. Clark. HR – Ruth. SB – Lebsock.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 4 0 1 2; Grace Smith 2b, 3 1 0 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 4 0 0 0; Lauryn King cf, 3 0 0 0; Kiley Turner c, 3 0 2 1; Bella Posey dp-c, 2 0 0 0; Kelley Bourne rf, 3 1 1 0; Grace Hightower lf, 2 1 1 0; Kaitlyn RIzor lf, 0 0 0 0; Lauren Niglio lf, 0 0 0 0; Molly Osborne 3b, 3 0 0 0; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 3 5 3.

West Virginia State – Emele Clark rf, 4 2 1 0; Sarah Barrett 3b, 4 1 1 0; Paige Scruggs lf, 3 1 2 4; Emma Ruth 1b, 4 1 1 2; Madison Rafuson c, 2 0 0 0; Autumn Thompson dp, 3 1 0 0; Lindsey Phares 2b, 2 1 1 0; Kasey Murphy p, 2 0 1 0; Danielle Lebsock cf, 2 1 1 2; Shain Meeks ss, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 8 8 8.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (L, 4-1): 6 innings, 8 hits, 8 runs, 8 earned runs, 6 walks, 3 strikeouts.

West Virginia State – Murphy (W, 6-4): 7 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 3 strikeouts.

(GAME 2)

West Virginia Wesleyan 002 030 – 5

West Virginia State           000 000 1 – 1

E – West Virginia State 2, West Virginia Wesleyan 1. DP – None. LoB -- West Virginia Wesleyan 9; West Virginia State 7.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 5 0 0 0; Grace Smith 2b, 4 1 2 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 4 0 3 0; Lauryn King cf, 4 2 1 0; Kiley Turner dh, 2 1 2 1; Kelley Bourne rf, 3 1 0 1; Bella Posey c, 2 0 0 0; Shelby Kennedy ph, 1 0 0 0; Lauren Niglio lf, 4 0 0 1; Molly Osborne 3b, 4 0 3 1; Abigail O’Shields p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 33 5 11 5.

West Virginia State – Emele Clark rf, 3 0 0 0; Sarah Bennett ph-3b, 3 0 1 0; Abby Loyd 3b, 1 0 0 0; Paige Scruggs lf, 3 0 0 0; Emma Ruth 1b, 3 0 1 0; Madison Rafuson dp, 3 0 1 0; Madison Rafuson dp, 3 0 1 0; Madison Corbin pr, 0 0 0 0; Lindsey Phares 2b, 3 1 1 0; Autumn Thompson p, 2 0 0 0; Emily Moore p, 1 0 0 0; Danielle Lebsock cf, 2 0 0 0; Kerston Kennedy ph, 1 0 0 0; Shian Meeks ss, 1 0 0 0; Karlie Hill c, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 1 4 1.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – O’Shields (W, 4-2): 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts.

West Virginia State – Thompson (L, 7-2): 5 innings, 10 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts; Moore: 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts.

(GAME 1)

West Virginia Wesleyan 000 000 0 – 0

Charleston                       102 001 x – 4

E – None. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 6, Charleston 5. 2B – Lake. HR – Groe. SB – Pinkerton, Eder.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 3 0 0 0; Grace Smith 2b, 3 0 1 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 2 0 0 0; Maya Reyes pr, 0 0 0 0; Lauryn King cf, 3 0 0 0; Kiley Turner dp, 3 0 0 0; Kelley Bourne rf, 3 0 1 0; Bella Posey c, 2 0 1 0; Shelby Kennedy ph, 1 0 1 0; Grace Hightower lf, 2 0 0 0; Taylor Swartz ph, 1 0 0 0; Molly Osborne 3b, 2 0 0 0; Abigail O’Shields p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 0 4 0.

Charleston – AJ Martin cf, 2 0 1 0; Karli Pinkerton 3b, 3 2 2 0; Megan Eder rf, 3 0 1 1; Janey Schmidt pr, 0 0 0 0; Grace Donato 1b, 3 0 1 1; Allysa Lake c, 3 0 1 0; Carlie Odejewski pr, 0 1 0 0; Emma Groe dp, 3 1 2 2; Hannah Rose lf, 3 0 0 0; Kendal Marshall 2b, 3 0 1 0; Brionna Bowman ss, 3 0 0 0; Danielle Bauer p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 4 9 4.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – O’Shields (L, 4-3): 6 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 0 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Martin).

Charleston – Bauer (W, 7-3): 7 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts.

(GAME 2)

W. Va. Wesleyan         100 000 0 – 1

Charleston                      000 501 x – 5

E – West Virginia Wesleyan 0, Charleston 2. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 9; Charleston 8. 2B – Smith, Cowart, Hightower, Eder, Groe, Rose, Bowman. 3B – Pinkerton. Sac. – Smith 2, Martin 2. SF – Donato.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 4 1 2 0; Grace Smith 2b, 2 0 1 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 4 0 1 0; Maya Reves pr, 0 0 0 0; Lauryn King cf, 3 0 1 1; Kiley Turner c, 3 0 0 0; Kelley Bourne rf, 3 0 0 0; Bella Posey dp, 2 0 0 0; Shelby Kennedy ph, 1 0 0 0; Grace Hightower lf, 3 0 2 0; Molly Osborne 3b, 3 0 0 0; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 1 7 1.

Charleston – AJ Martin cf, 2 1 1 0; Karli Pinkerton 3b, 4 1 4 1; Megan Eder rf, 2 0 1 1; Mackenzie Brown pr, 0 0 0 0; Gracie Donato 1b 3 0 0 0; Allysa Lake c, 3 1 1 0; Emma Groe dp, 3 0 1 1; Janey Schmidt pr, 0 1 0 0; Hannah Rose lf, 2 1 2 0; Kendal Marshall 2b, 3 1 0 2; Brionna Bowman ss, 3 0 1 0; Morgan Hoppe p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 6 11 6.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (L, 4-2): 6 innings, 11 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts.

Charleston – Hoppe (W, 7-2): 7 innings, 7 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.

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