The GSC Lady Pioneers recovered from a slow first game to pick up a split with visiting West Liberty State, dropping the first game 1-0 and picking up the win in game two 4-1. Glenville State is now 12-14 on the season and 8-4 in the WVIAC.
The Lady Pioneers fell in 1-0 in the opener as Mandy Parkulo and WL’s Amber Rankin were locked in a pitchers’ duel. Parkulo went the distance scattering five hits, giving up one unearned run while striking out five. Rankin also went seven innings, scattering four hits while striking out 14 and walking none.
The lone run of the ball game came in the Hilltoppers’ half of the second inning. Parkulo would surrender a leadoff walk to Tabetha Gretchen. Gretchen would move to second on a sacrifice bunt; however no one would be covering third base so Gretchen would continue onto third. The GSC throw would skip passed two Lady Pioneers and Gretchen would coast home easily.
Erin Morgan led the way at the plate going 3 for 3 with two singles and a double.
GSC would again spot the Lady Hilltoppers a one nothing lead but they would recover to salvage a split with a 4-1 win.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom half of the 3rd, Courtney Rzepka would draw a leadoff walk. She would be forced out on a fielder’s choice by Brittney Handley. Handley would then steal 2nd on her the next pitch.
Leanne Harris would follow with a single to move Brittney to 3rd. Harris would take off to attempting to steal 2nd and get caught in a run down. Handley would break home on the throw to 2nd and beat the throw as both runners were safe to tie the game at 1-1.
The Lady Pioneers would take the lead for good in the 4th. Morgan would again lead off with a single, and moved to second on a Kohle Maynard single. Game 1 ace Amber Rankin would relieve Vanessa Esenberg on the mound. On the first pitch Sara McFarland would drop a perfect bunt down the 3rd base line. Hustling on the play, Morgan would beat the throw to 3rd and GSC would be in business with the bases loaded. Three pitches later Morgan would score on pass ball to give Glenville the lead for good at 2-1. Rankin would then settle down and retire the side.
The Pioneers would add two insurance runs in the bottom of the 5th with an excellent two out rally. After Harris and Eskew would be retired Candace White would keep the inning alive with a single to left field. Morgan would draw a four pitch walk to put runners at 1st and 2nd. Maynard would then drill a 0-1 fastball off the left center field fence for a single, plating White and pushing Morgan to third. McFarland would then smack a single up the middle to score Morgan, giving the final margin, a 4-1 victory.
Leanne Harris would lead the way going 3 for 4 with two singles, a double and a stolen base.
The Lady Pioneers return to action on Tuesday as they travel to Salem, WV to take on Salem International. GSC will be back at home on Friday, April 10th as they play host to arch rival and red hot Fairmont State. First pitch is set for 4pm.