WELLSVILLE — The Lady Eagle offense lit up the scoreboard in Tuesday’s home doubleheader. A split with visiting Iola ended a seven-game slump for the Wellsville prep softball team. WHS won Game 1 19-12 and fell in Game 2 12-8.
Wellsville bounced back nicely in the first game. A 7-2 Eagle lead heading into the third inning was quickly ousted when the Lady Mustangs put up 10 runs in the top of the frame.
“It was kind of a nightmare inning, which we’ve been seeming to have lately” Chris Rose, WHS head softball coach said. “We just put ourselves in a lot of uncomfortable positions.”
The Lady Eagle bats responded by scoring six runs in the bottom of the third to retake the lead, 13-12. Wellsville went on to score 12 unaswered runs over the next four innings.
Jaycee Fluderer came in to relieve fellow senior Hannah Pemberton, who Rose noted was struggling with her command, on the mound. Fluderer picked up the win after allowing zero earned runs on just five hits. She struck out three and walked one.
Jordan Stringfield, senior, went 3-5 at the plate with a double, triple and three RBIs. Morgan Baska, freshman, hit a three-RBI double, and Grace Showalter, junior, went 3-4 with two RBIs.
“It was a long, high-scoring, ugly game,” Rose said. “Good news is we hit well. We didn’t pitch the ball great, and we didn’t field the ball great.”
Iola scored three runs in the top of the seventh in Game 2, adding insurance to a 9-8 lead. Wellsville left the bases loaded at the end of the game, continuing a trend of leaving runners stranded in Game 2. The Lady Eagles had 17 hits, but scored only eight runs. Wellsville didn’t not strike out, and put the ball in play, Rose said.
“Give their defense some credit, they made some plays,” he said. “Our defense did not. We had six errors.”
Pemberton was a perfect 4-4 with two RBIs. Mackenzie Moore, sophomore, was 3-4 with two RBIs.
Wellsville (4-12) plays today at Piper High School (14-2).
WEllSVILLE — Two teams with impressive winning streaks battled Tuesday. One kept surging, the other fell in two tight contests.
Iola (13-1) swept the Wellsville High School baseball team 4-2 and 3-2 in Wellsville, ending the Eagles’ 13-game win streak. Iola has now won 13 in a row.
The Mustangs scored two runs in the top of the fifth in Game 1 that broke a 2-2 tie. That proved to be the difference when Wellsville’s offense was kept scoreless in the final three frames. The Eagles managed just three hits against Iola’s Derek Bycroft in Game 1, none of which went for extra bases. Juniors Luke Richards and Tanner Shalkoski tallied an RBI apiece. Jeff Ebeck, junior, allowed two earned runs over seven innings. He struck out five and walked zero.
Iola once again scored the eventual game-winner in the top of the fifth in Game 2. The team scratched across the run in a 2-2 tie, and WHS was kept off the board in five consecutive innings after scoring twice in the bottom of the second.
The Eagles out-hit their opponent 9-7 in the nightcap. Zach Vance, junior, Kobe Channel, sophomore, Shalkoski and Richards all had two-hit games. Dawson Donovan, junior, and Vance both had an RBIs each, with Donovan’s coming on a dinger. Jackson Showalter allowed three runs in five innings on the mound. He struck out seven and walked three.
Wellsville (13-3) looks to rebound in today’s doubleheader at Piper High School.