Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wellsville softball comes up short

By The Herald Staff | 5/15/2013

BURLINGTON — The Wellsville High School softball team was so close to advancing to a regional final again.

The Eagles could not hold off Burlington Tuesday in the regional semifinals in Burlington. The Wildcats scored three runs in the sixth inning to nip Wellsville, 4-3.

BURLINGTON — The Wellsville High School softball team was so close to advancing to a regional final again.

The Eagles could not hold off Burlington Tuesday in the regional semifinals in Burlington. The Wildcats scored three runs in the sixth inning to nip Wellsville, 4-3.

“I was extremely proud of our girls this season and we went through a lot of growing pains,” Wellsville coach Chris Rose said. “We had a lot of girls play in different roles and they handled it tremendously. It was hard for us to really gel with our game schedule being inconsistent with the weather, but we are definitely excited for our future with seven starters returning next year.  

“It will be hard to lose our seniors Cassie Enright, Erica McTaggart and Emily Strawn because they have played so well for us and mean so much to our team, but they have done a tremendous job of continuing to lay the foundation of keeping us playing at a higher level. These seniors also got the first undefeated league championship that we have never achieved before.”

Wellsville led 3-1 and was five outs away when Burlington made its rally with the help of the Eagles.

Rose said a triple, a couple of costly errors and timely hits propelled the three-run rally.

Wellsville had chances earlier in the game to score more runs.

“Overall in this game, we stranded a lot of runners in scoring position and never got the clutch hit that we needed to pull away,” Rose said. “We had runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth and couldn’t push our lead and Burlington capitalized in the sixth. The bottom part of our lineup didn’t give us the production that we needed and we also hit some balls really hard right at girls and give Burlington a lot of credit because they made the play.

“It’s always tough to end your season and this is a game that we let slip away. I thought we competed well, but overall we just made too many mistakes at crucial times in the game to let this game slip out of our hands.”

Wellsville scored a run in the first inning as Moriah Kayhill walked, stole second and scored on Justine Dougan’s RBI double. Wellsville snapped a 1-1 tie with two runs in the third. Strawn had an RBI single and scored on Ashley Sparks’ triple.

Wellsville 10, WF 5

Wellsville advanced to the semifinals with a 10-5 win Monday over West Franklin. Wellsville opened an 8-1 lead before the Falcons rallied back.

“We finally played together as a team, our bats were on and our defense was strong,” West Franklin coach Michelle Bowman said. “We will miss our two seniors but are excited to pick up where we left off next season.”

Avery Mead had two hits and an RBI for the Falcons. Shelbi Allen had two RBIs. Shaila Shogrin and Bailey Shaffer had an RBI each.

Wellsville was led by Sparks’ four RBIs on two doubles. Strawn, Tori Broers and Molly Geist had two hits. Geist had three RBIs.

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