Softball teams force some drama in district
On April 16, the Northumberland Lady Indians defeated he visiting Colonial Beach Drifters 9-4. Northumberland’s Mary Kathryn Hall pitched all seven innings and allowed five hits, three earned runs, four walks while striking out 13. At the plate, Hall was 2-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and run scored. On the other side of the opposition, Colonial Beach’s Karley Inscoe allowed eight hits, nine runs and a walk while striking out five after six innings.
Northumberland’s Mary Kathryn Hall pitched all seven innings and allowed five hits, three earned runs, four walks while striking out 13 in the win over Colonial Beach.
Northumberland’s Connor Haislip led the Lady Indians going 3-4 from the plate with two doubles and an RBI. July Traylor followed going 2-4 with two triples, an RBI and run scored; and Kaci Payne was 2-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
At the plate, Deniya Newman led the team with three RBI’s and a triple. Emily Parks with a double, McKenzie Conway with an RBI, Manana Morton and Madison Gorfida each had a hit.
“This was a great comeback win for us, as Colonial Beach jumped ahead of us, scoring ofur runs in the top of the second, “ said Northumberland coach Allison Cockrell. “The girls showed great fight and we hit the ball extremely well with 14 hits. Another solid pitching outing from Mary Kathryn with 13 strikeouts. Connor Hailsip and July Traylor were really seeing the ball well and provided some clutch hits for us down the stretch.”
In the day to end the week for the district teams, Northumberland pulled out another victory shutting out Washington & Lee 16-0.
Hall took the mound again allowing only a single hit, a walk while striking out three batters in five innings. This marked her 81st strikeout on the season.
Traylor’s grand slam homerun highlighted the game as she went 1-1 on the day with a walk, two runs scored and collecting four RBI’s. Jessie Rew contributed to the cause going 1-3 with a double, two RBI’s and two runs scored; Sarah Haynie was 2-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored; Payne was perfect going 2-2 with a double, two walks and three runs scored; and Haislip was also perfect going 2-2 with three RBI’s, two runs scored and taking a hit by a pitch for the team.
Struggling to get any runs in the first six innings, Lancaster got their shot in the seventh against Colonial Beach when they won 5-2 on the road. This came after the Drifters gave up three hits and two errors.
Brittany Jones with a triple, Page Pittman with a double led the Lady Red Devils. Katherine Keyser, Brooke Hudnall, Casey Clarke and Amber Cutting followed with a hit themselves in the game.
At the mound, Clarke gave the Devils a shot for the win pitching all seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Colonial Beach’s Karley Inscoe responded for Colonial Beach allowing a walk and striking out seven of her own. At the plate, the senior had a hit and run.
Deniya Newman added to the offense with a hit and run, Madison Gorfida with a double and Billie Gould with an RBI.
Earlier last week, Essex’s Alexis Packett threw a near no hitter in the team’s 10-0 shutout win over Lancaster to earn their first district win over the Lady Red Devils. This was their second district win after defeating Northumberland in the opening week.
Lancaster’s Casey Clarke was the only Red Devil to manage a hit in the loss to Essex. Lancaster’s allowed seven hits and gave up one walk. Brooke Hundall pitched for 5 1/3 innings allowing a walk and striking out one. Clarke came in for relief.