West Holmes Softball

Lady Knights drop a pair of tough 1-run games to Quakers

Morganne Balder was a tough-luck loser in the opener of the Quakers' two-game sweep of Lady Knights

With a team rolling along in the win column and hitting the softball at an alarming rate, West Holmes went into its double-headers on Saturday, April 14 with New Philadelphia with plenty of confidence.

However, the Quakers made it known early in game one that they weren’t about to go down quietly, and New Philadelphia took both games by single runs to sweep the Lady Knights.

The Quakers took game one 4-3 when they rallied from a 3-1 deficit by plating three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then parlayed some timely hitting in game two into a 5-4 victory.

West Holmes head coach Jaime Chenevey said the disappointing part of the day was that her squad never really got fired up and focused on a rainy day.

“We struggled to be in both games today mentally,” Chenevey said. “We just did not play good defense and could not string enough hits together.”

In the opener West Holmes tallied single runs in the first four innings but were never able to put together that huge inning that had propelled it to a number of its victories this season.

For West Holmes, Jessica Yabroff was 2-for-3 and Natalie Martin added a single and an RBI on a sacrifice fly. Morgan Allen, Jazz Knapp and Callie Cline each added one hit.

Morganne Balder was the tough-luck loser, giving up just six hits, striking out four, allowing no walks and having her defense struggle, making all four of the runs unearned.

Game two was nearly an instant replay of the first game with West Holmes getting runners on base but not able to put up the big inning.

“Again, our errors and lack of stringing hits together cost us,” Chenevey said. “Unfortunately we let two games get away from us today. We had the tying run on third base in the top of the seventh (of game two), but we just could not get it across the plate.”

The Quakers jumped on top of West Holmes in the bottom of the first with a run. New Phila kept the pressure on with three more runs in the third and another tally in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. West Holmes wouldn’t find the plate until the sixth when it produced a pair of runs, and West Holmes scored two more in the top of the seventh and put the tying run on third but couldn’t find the answer.

Martin was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Maddie Woods was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Lexi Martin and Jessie Keen added singles.

West Holmes saw its record fall to 9-4 overall while they remain 4-0 in Ohio Cardinal Conference play.

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