First Varsity Win for Coach Trew
BALD EAGLE TOWNSHIP – The Lady Wildcats returned to their winning ways for their first home game of the season with 8-2 workman-like performance against Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference rival, Williamsport.
The win, is the first for Ben Trew, the new skipper for Central Mountain Softball and set the Lady Wildcat record for the season at 1-1, 1-0 in the PHAC.
The game started off in usual style for the Lady ‘Cats retiring the first three Lady Millionaire batters in order. Then in the bottom of the first, CM lead off with a walk by Josey Dershem followed by Morgan Wentzel reaching base on an infield error with Dershem scoring on a sac fly from Skylar Smith.
The Lady Wildcat defense held strong in the second and third innings with starting pitcher, Caitlyn Brush and her defense holding strong, giving up a lone base hit in the process to hold the lead at 1-0.
Offensively for the Lady Wildcats, in the second and third innings, Williamsport returned the favor holding Central Mountain scoreless as well.
Then the game turned very intriguing with both squads offering up their own versions of 2-out rallies with the hosts being much more productive in the process.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Millionaires put together a string of 4 base hits to plate 2 runs a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, the lady ‘Cats responded with four singles of their own combined with a Williamsport error to regain the lead for CM.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Bailee Renninger pounded out a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice fly by Madison Knepp. Dershem followed with another single while Maegan Miller reach first base on an error. Morgan Wentzel followed up with a RBI single then Skylar Smith earned a walk to set up Caitlyn Brush to stroke out a 2-RBI single to set the score at 5-2 to regain the lead.
“It was nice to see us get some key hits there with a couple of outs and runners in scoring position,” said coach Trew, “The girls did a nice job of not getting down on themselves after we were down. They battled back and kept pouring it on afterwards.”
In the top of the fifth inning, Central Mountain retired the side in order then went back to work scoring runs. Those runs came agin on two outs with Knepp adding a base hit to her credit followed by Dershem reaching base on a walk. Maegan Miller pounded out an RBI single with Wentzel recording a base hit of her own that earned the Lady Wildcats 8-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, after a Williamsport lead-off single, the Lady ‘Cats shut down the next three batters in order to finish the game.
Coach Trew was pleased with his squad’s efforts defensively as well.
“We have a pretty young team right now with a lot of sophomores out there,” explained Trew, “They’re stepping up Big Time. We also have some nice leadership from our juniors and seniors as well. Seems like we are starting to gel a little bit.”
“Cait did a nice job hitting her spots today to keep them off balance,” Trew observed, “They did put the ball in play but the defense stood behind her. That double play from Dershem and Smith in the fourth inning was pretty nice.”
Next up, Central Mountain will host Midd-West on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
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