(Glenville, WV) – The Lady Pioneers Softball Team recorded a double header sweep over the visiting Cardinals of Wheeling Jesuit last night from I.L. Morris field. The injury plagued GSC squad improved to 8-20 on the season with wins of 1-0 and 5-4 in 11 innings.
Karly Eskew’s run in the 1st innings was all the Lady Pioneers would need as Laura Childers pitched seven masterful innings of one hit ball. In addition to only allowing one hit, the freshman Childers struck out six, while walking none.
Eskew led off the inning by driving a 3-2 pitch to the fence in left center field for a double. Leanne Harris would then sacrifice Eskew to third. On the ensuing throw to third base, Eskew would get caught in a run down. She would break for home and score when the WJU 3rd baseman would bobble the throw.
The Lady Pioneers rallied from a 4-0 deficit to pick up a thrilling 5-4 victory in 11 innings. Wheeling Jesuit would get on the board first as Angela Petros would drive in Amanda Cordrey with a one out single in the top of the 2nd to make it 1-0 WJU.
The Lady Cardinals would push the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the third. Courtney Kurowski would lead of the inning with a single and reach third after two consecutive sacrifices. An Ashley Morris walk would put running at the corners with two out for Audrey Tucholski. Tucholski would drill a 0-2 change up to right center to plate Kurowski. Morris would advance home, and Tucholski would reach third on a throwing error by the GSC outfield. Cordrey would make it 4-0 as she would smack the 1-2 pitch into center to score Tucholski.
GSC’s Kat Bowman would get things starting in the bottom half of the inning by drawing a leadoff walk. She would move to 3B on a 1-1 single by Eskew. Harris would follow with a walk to load the bases for the Lady Pioneers with no outs. Kayla Shobe would follow with a single to plate Bowman and Eskew would score on a sac fly by Stacey Mack, to pull Glenville State to 4-2 after three.
The Pioneers would strike again in the next inning as Amanda Parkulo would reach base with a leadoff single, and move to second after a sacrifice. After an infield popup; Eskew would drill the first pitch she saw for an RBI Double to make it 4-3 WJU.
After a scoreless 5th inning for both teams, Parkulo would work her magic and get out of a base loaded jam with no outs in the 6th. She would induce a much needed ground ball for a 5-2-3 double play to help her cause.
GSC’s Bowman would lead of the bottom of the 7th with a single and reach second on an error. After an infield fly out by Eskew, Harris would sacrifice Bowman to third. Shobe would then drill a 2-1 to left center for a two out, game tying double.
The Pioneers would get the winning run as miss fielded grounder hit by Parkulo would find the outfield and score Richards, who started from 2nd base due to the International tiebreak rule.