Kelsey Loy sat down eight Parkersburg Catholic batters and walked only four in a complete game, but it wasn't enough to keep the Lady 'Cats from falling 2-9 April 19 at Paden City.
"We are a young team," said Head Softball Coach Jeanne Fox of her team of two seniors, two juniors, and 11 freshmen. "We are working hard to get better every game."
Paden City went down in order to start the game. Parkersburg got on the board first, in the bottom half, with an RBI, but couldn't do any more.
Senior Amanda Heasley smacks a Lady Crusader pitch April 19 at Paden City. (Photos by Bill Abraham)
In the second inning, after Parkersburg picked up another run, the Lady 'Cats did all the scoring they were going to do the rest of the way, when Graeson Baker and Amanda Heasley both singled and later came home on stolen bases and Lady Crusader errors.
Hannah Stanley flew out to the pitcher and the next Wildcat batter struck out to end the inning.
Parkersburg scored three runs in the third frame and got an RBI. But the visiting baserunner was put out by a throw from Hannah Stanley at second base to Baker at first. Loy struck out the next Parkersburg batter to retire the side.
In the home half of the third, Katie Shreves reached on a catcher's interference call. She advanced to second and third, but was orphaned when the next two Lady 'Cats struck out.
Stanley got a walk in the next frame, but Parkersburg retired the side on Hailey Wade's at-bat. In the next inning, Victoria Anderson singled for Paden City and got on second when Parkersburg retired the inning.
In the sixth inning, Baker singled then and later advanced to third, when the Crusaders came to bat and picked up an additional four runs to secure the win.
Lady 'Cats helping their team's offensive effort were Anderson, Craft, and Heasley with singles; Baker, who hit two singles; Stanley, with a base on balls; and Shreves, who was awarded a base on a catcher's interference call. Paden City, 4-12 on the season, was ranked fifth in OVAC Class 1-A, missing by one slot a berth in the conference semifinals being played this week.