Softball Lady ‘Cats drop a pair of games in debut


GLENVILLE – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat softball team had a rough start to their 2019 season with a pair of losses to Indiana (Pa.) and East Stroudsburg (Pa.) last weekend at Glenville State College at the Sue Morris Complex.

The Lady ‘Cats dropped a 13-1 decision to Indiana and then lost a 10-6 decision to East Stroudsburg.

It was two bad innings that doomed the Lady Bobcats against Indiana as they gave up eight runs in the top of the fifth and then five more in the top of the seventh.

Wesleyan took a lead in the bottom of the third inning when Megan Magsam led off the inning with a walk, stole second, went to third on a single by Celia Valencia and scored on a throwing error on the play.

But it was all Indiana after that.

Indiana sent 14 batters to the plate in their fifth inning and had six hits in their eight-run outburst to take an 8-1 lead.

A Renee Wall three-run home run powered Indiana’s five-run seventh inning.

The Lady ‘Cats collected just two hits in the contest as Kennedy Cowart and Valencia each had singles.

Haylee Shires started the game for Wesleyan and went 4 1/3 innings taking the loss.

She allowed four earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four.

Kassie Kesneck paced the Indiana offense with three hits.

Brooklyn Kotula went the distance for Indiana to earn the win. She gave up one unearned run on two hits and fanned seven.

In the East Stroudsburg game, Wesleyan scored first in the bottom of the first when Brooke Clark led of the inning with a solo home run.

East Stroudsburg scored 10 unanswered runs with four in the fourth, two in the fifth and four more in the sixth for a 10-1 lead.

Wesleyan countered with a four-run sixth inning.

Clark led off the inning with a single and later scored on an error while Ciana Bowen had a one-run single and Valencia hit a two-run double to account for the scoring.

That made it a 10-5 contest.

Wesleyan wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the seventh when Kiley Turner hit a one-run single that scored Lauryn King.

Wesleyan collected 11 hits with Clark leading the way with three while Cowart and Bowen each had two.

Hannah Hudson went the distance in the loss for Wesleyan.

She gave up eight earned runs on 10 hits while walking five and striking out eight.

Kaylee Hazewski, Marissa Govan, Ashley Spencer and Sofia Cecchin each had two hits for East Stroudsburg.

Angelica Dark earned the win for East Stroudsburg tossing a complete game.

She allowed two earned runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out three.

Wesleyan headed to Clermont (Fla.) for their annual spring break trip and was slated to play Findlay and Felician on Saturday and Malone and Gannon on Sunday.

They will return to action today playing Mercyhurst and the University of the Sciences.

The boxscores:

Indiana (Pa.)                        000 080 5 – 13

West Virginia Wesleyan 001 000 0 – 1

E – Goetz, Clark. DP – None. LOB – Indiana 6, West Virginia Wesleyan 4. 2B – Goetz 2, Kotula 1, Kesneck 1, Hull 1. HR – Wall. SB – King.

Hitting

Indiana (Pa.) – Renee Wall 3b, 4 2 1 4; Lauren Goetz ss, 5 1 2 2; Brooklyn Kotula p, 5 1 1 2; Kaitlyn Beers p, 1 2 0 0; Kassie Kesneck cf, 4 1 3 2; Sara Hull 1b, 4 1 1 0; Rachel Rodriguez rf, 3 2 2 0, Jenna Rhue c, 3 2 2 3, Bethany Bunner lf, 3 1 0 0. Totals 32 13 12 13.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 3 0 0 0; Destiny Alvarado 2b, 3 0 0 0; Lauryn King lf, 2 0 0 0; Kiley Turner c, 2 0 0 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 3 0 1 0; Ciana Bowen dp-p, 3 0 0 0; Megan Magsamen cf, 2 1 0 0; Lauren Nigli rf, 2 0 0 0; Celia Valencia 3b, 2 0 1 1; Haylee Shires p, 0 0 0 0; McKinley Gaudet pr, 0 0 0 0; Miranda Frye ph, 1 0 0 0; Kelley Bourne p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 23 1 2 1.

Pitching

Indiana (Pa.) – Kotula (W, 1-0): 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 7 strikeouts.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Shires (L, 0-1): 4 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 6 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 walks 4 strikeouts; Bourne: 1 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, 5 walks, 1 strikeout; Bowen: 1 inning, 4 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 0 walk, 0 strikeouts.

East Stroudsburg                000 424 0 – 10

West Virginia Wesleyan 100 004 1 – 6

E – Lewis, Cecchin, King. DP – None. LoB – East Stroudsburg 6, West Virginia Wesleyan 6. 2B – Shaw-Tait, Spencer 1. Valencia 1. 3B – Cecchin. SB – Caleen 2, Cecchin 2, Hazewski 1, Govan 1, Spencer 1.

Hitting

East Stroudsburg – Kaylee Hazweski rf, 5 1 2 0; Marissa Govan cf, 4 2 2 0; Denva Shaw-Tait 4 1 1 0; Madison Vicendese 3 2 1 2; Kaitlyn Caleen c, 2 2 0 0; Madison Vicendese dp, 3 2 1 2; Kaitlyn Caleen c, 2 2 0 0; Ashley Spencer lf, 2 1 2 4; MacKenzie Lewis 1b, 4 0 0 0; Lexi Wright 2b, 3 1 0 1; Sofia Cecchin 3b, 4 0 2 3; Angelica Dark p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 31 10 10 10.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 4 2 3 1; Destiny Alvarado 2b, 3 0 0 0; Lauryn King lf, 4 1 1 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 4 0 2 0; Miranda Frye pr, 0 1 0 0 ; Kiley Turner c, 4 0 1 1; Karley Haggen pr, 0 1 0 0; Ciana Bowen dp, 4 1 2 1; McKinley Gaudet pr, 0 0 0 0; Lauren Nigilo rf, 3 0 1 0; Celia Valecia 3b, 3 0 1 2; Megan Magsamen cf, 3 0 0 0; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 32 6 11 5.

Pitching

East Stroudsburg – Dark (W, 1-3): 7 innings, 11 hits, 6 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (L, 0-1): 7 innings, 10 hits, 10 runs, 8 earned runs, 5 walks, 8 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Vicendese).


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