Lady Falcons fall in season openers

Alex Hawley

March 25, 2014

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Not the ideal start to the season.

The Wahama softball team dropped its first two games of the year Saturday in Wood County, falling to host Parkersburg by a 13-3 count in three innings, and falling to St. Marys by a 14-4 score in six innings.

In the opening contest of the day the Lady Falcons faced off with the Class AAA Lady Big Reds. WHS took the early lead after Elisabeth Hendrick drove in two runs and Shalyn Greer added another RBI.

Parkersburg answered back with seven runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead. PHS added a run in the second and five runs in the third to secure the mercy-rule victory.

Greer and Elisabeth Hendrick each had a hit, while Greer, Morgan Harrison and Bailey Hicks each scored in the setback. Freshman Taylor McGrew suffered the pitching loss for Wahama after surrendering 13 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits and a walk. McGrew struck out four batters.

Wahama finished with three runs, two hits and five errors, while PHS had 13 runs, 13 hits and one error.

In the Lady Falcons second game the Lady Blue Devils jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two frames, but Wahama cut the lead in half with a two-run third inning. St. Marys added a run in the home half of the third and WHS kept pace with a marker in the top of the fourth.

SMHS broke open the game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to increase the lead to 9-3. After a scoreless fifth inning Wahama got back on the board with a run in the top of the sixth. St. Marys rallied for five runs in the bottom of the sixth to force the mercy rule and take the 14-4 victory.

Sierra Carmichael led Wahama with two hits in the game, a double and a triple, followed by Shalyn Greer with two singles. Darian Weaver, Morgan Harrison and Emmalee Broyles with one hit each.Cynthia Hendrick scored two runs, followed by Bailey Hicks and Karson Tolliver with one run each. Greer and Carmichael each had an RBI in the setback.

Freshman Cynthia Hendrick was the losing pitcher of record after surrendering 14 runs, just one earned, on five hits and five walks. Hendrick struck out five batters and hit three.

The Lady Falcons finished with four runs on seven hits with 10 errors, while St. Marys had 14 runs on five hits with two errors.

Wahama is not scheduled to play either Parkersburg or St. Marys again this season but could meet the Lady Blue Devils in the Class A postseason.