Close games mostly good for WV’s Prince
Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:00 pm
Meagan Prince seems to shine in close ball games, which was the case Monday.
Prince tossed a two-hitter in Westview’s 2-1 over South Fulton with Kayla Bryant hitting a lead-off home run in the top of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.
Prince flirted with a perfect game in the Lady Chargers 4-0 win over South Gibson on Friday. Prince hit one batter and walked another but still pitched a no-hitter against the Lady Hornets.
Westview out-hit Milan 12-6 on Wednesday, but the Lady Bulldogs came away with a 3-2 win as errors hurt the Lady Chargers.
Dresden split a pair of close games against Clarksburg in a doubleheader on Friday with the Lady Lions scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to come away with a 13-12 win in the first game.
The Lady Rockets scored one run in the bottom of the fifth to break a 4-4 tie for the win in the nightcap.
Westview 2, SF 1
The Lady Chargers had trouble getting their offense in gear against South Fulton’s Sara Reams, but SF had the same problem against Prince.
Westview tallied seven hits against Reams, none bigger than Bryant’s shot that sailed high over the leftfield fence in the top of the sixth inning.
The visitors broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth when Alex Crosser scored on Hailey Coleman’s base hit up the middle.
SF scored its run in the bottom of the fifth when a throw went over Alex Hughey’s reach at third base and sailed out of play, which allowed Desiray Sturgeon to walk home.
The Red Devilettes had two baserunners thrown out at the plate.
Prince was not as sharp in the circle as she walked four batters, but she still recorded 13 strikeouts. Reams struck out three batters for SF.
Kayla Guthrie went 2-for-4 with one stolen base for Westview, while Crosser went 2-for-3 and scored once.
Westview 4, SG 0
Prince hit one batter in the bottom of the fifth and walked one in the bottom of the seventh to narrowly miss pitching a perfect game.
The Kentucky signee dominated South Gibson with 12 strikeouts in seven innings while pitching her third no-hitter of the season.
Brooke Morrow scored on a ground-out in the top of the third for Westview’s first run, and that was all Prince needed.
Alex Hughey scored on an error in the top of the fourth, and Westview added two more in the fifth inning.
Kaycie Moultrie stole home, and Guthrie scored on a ground-out to give Westview its 4-0 lead.
Morrow went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Prince was 2-for-4.
Milan 3, WV 2
The Lady Chargers got 12 hits off of Milan pitching, but Westview could not get the hits when they needed them.
Milan scored all three of its runs in the top of the first with Prince pitching and with three errors helping Milan out in the inning.
Prince did not let the errors bother her as she kept Westview in the game and gave her teammates a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh.
Joy Hazlewood drove in a run in the sixth to make it 3-1 and Morrow drove in Bryant in the seventh to make it a 3-2 game. Meagan Morrow got hit by her own bunt with a runner on first and two outs to end Westview’s chance to tie the game or win it.
Both Hazlewood and Brooke Morrow got three hits, while Bryant and Guthrie both hit two singles. Prince scattered six hits over seven innings while striking out 11 and walking only one batter.
Dresden 13-4, C’burg 12-5
The Lady Lions and Lady Rockets got into a hit parade in the first game of a twinbill with Dresden banging out 19 hits and scoring six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning for the win.
Clarksburg scored three runs in the top of the fifth to make it a 12-7 game and appeared ready to take game one.
Randi Spence scored from third on a passed ball to give Dresden its first run of the inning followed by run-scoring single by Kayla Hayes to make 12-9. Taylor McAlpin then singled in KJ Smith to make it 12-10 with no one out.
Haley Hart drove in Hayes and Allie Randolph on a base hit to tie the game, and Carly Greer ended the madness with a walk-off single that scored McAlpin from third.
Randolph went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and finished with four RBIs. Hayes, Hart and Greer each had three hits, while McAlpin, Smith and Abigail Lockhart had two hits.
Lockhart got the win in the wild game. She gave up 12 earned runs on 14 hits while walking four and striking out six.
Although the nightcap was not as wild as the first game, it still had its dramatics with a walk-off base hit to win it.
The Lady Lions had to come from behind in this one after being down 2-0 in the first.
Lockhart hit a run-scoring double in the second to make it a 2-1 game, and Randolph hit her second two-run blast of the night in the top of the third to tie the game at 3-all. Clarksburg retook the lead a single run in the bottom half of the inning.
Smith scored on a groundout in the top of the fourth give the Lady Lions to tie the once more before the Lady Rockets won it in the bottom of the fifth.
Lockhart went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI with Randolph’s only hit being the two-run homer.
Samantha Seat picked up the loss. She gave up four earned runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out six.
Published in The WCP 4.23.13