On Wednesday, April 18th the Lady Pioneers took to the road to face the Tigers of Salem International University. GSC came out on top in both contests, 5-2 and 1-0.
In the first game, the line-up featured Leanne Harris at second, Lorrie Chaperon at short, Meagan James at third, Stacy Mack in center field, Kayla Shobe at first, Elizabeth Randolph in right field, Jessica Gilchrist in left field, Candace White catching, Alysha Lavey designated hitter, and Mandy Parkulo on the mound.
The Lady Pioneers got the action started immediately, as Leanne Harris singled. Lorrie Chaperon was then hit by pitch to give GSC runners at first and second. Meagan James struck out for the 1st out of the inning. Stacy Mack singled, and an error in right field allowed Harris and Chaperon to score and Mack to take second. Kayla Shobe ground out, and Elizabeth Randolph struck out to end the inning.
Salem scored 1 run on 1 hit in the 3rd inning, using a Pioneer past ball with a baserunner on third to score the unearned run. The Lady Pioneers didn’t manufacture any more runs until the 5th inning, when they took advantage of several Tiger fielding errors. Candace White started the inning off by reaching on a right field error that allowed her to advance all the way to third base. Alysha Lavey became the 1st out of the inning when she attempted to bunt to bring White in on the suicide squeeze. Leanne Harris reached on an error by the catcher, which allowed White to score. Lorrie Chaperon singled and advanced Harris to second. Meagan James reached on an error in center field which allowed Harris to score and moved Chaperon to third. Deidra Wallace came in to pinch run for James. Stacy Mack struck out for the 2nd out of the inning. Kayla Shobe’s single moved Wallace to second and scored Chaperon. Eizabeth Randolph’s ground ball ended the inning with the Lady Pioneers scoring 3 runs on 2 hits.
Salem homered in the bottom of the 7th to score one more run, and managed to get 2 more baserunners on, but the Lady Pioneer defense cracked down to end the inning and give GSC the victory 5-2. With this win, the Lady Pioneers broke the previous record for wins in a season (12). Mandy Parkulo earned the win, pitching 7 innings. She faced 26 batters, gave up 6 hits, and recorded one strikeout.
In the second contest of the day, the GSC line-up changes included Beth Moore designated hitter, Jade Jean at first, Karly Eskew in right field, and Tiffany Bush on the mound. Both teams played well defensively, as there were no errors in the game. The only run scored came in the top of the 6th. With 1 out, Leanne Harris doubled. Lorrie Chaperon flew out to right field for the 2nd out, but Harris was able to advance to third on the play. Harris then scored on a past ball to give the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 lead. Meagan James struck out to end the inning.
Salem threatened in the bottom of the 7th, as they had a runner in scoring position due to a single and stolen base with 1 out. Tiffany Bush bore down to record a strikeout for the 2nd out of the inning, and Lorrie Chaperon easily handled a ground ball to record the 3rd out and end the game.
Tiffany Bush earned the win for GSC, pitching 7 innings and facing 24 batters. She gave up 4 hits and recorded 2 strikeouts.
The Lady Pioneers faced competition again the next day, as they played against WV State University in a WVIAC double header that had been rescheduled from Sunday, April 15th due to weather. GSC fell in both contests, 8-0 and 5-3.
In the first game, the GSC line-up featured Leanne Harris at second, Lacey Powell at short, Meagan James at third, Stacy Mack in center field, Beth Moore at first, Lorrie Chaperon designated hitter, Jessica Gilchrist in left, Candace White catching, Karly Eskew in right field, and Kayla Shobe on the mound.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd, when the Yellow Jackets scored 1 run on 2 hits. WVSU scored again in the 4th and 5th innings to go ahead 3-0. In the bottom of the 6th, the Yellow Jackets put the game away by scoring 5 runs and earning the 8-point lead that ended the game. Kayla Shobe took the loss for the Lady Pioneers, pitching 5.2 innings. She gave up 10 hits, 6 earned runs, and recorded 2 strikeouts.
In the second game of the night, the Lady Pioneers fared slightly better, but still came out on the losing end, 5-3. The GSC line-up changes included Lorrie Chaperon at short, Beth Moore designated hitter, Jade Jean at first, Karly Eskew on the mound, Elizabeth Randolph in right field, Deidra Wallace in left field, and Alysha Lavey in center field.
After holding GSC scoreless in the top of the 1st, the Yellow Jackets scored 3 runs on 2 hits. In the top of the 3rd, Deidra Wallace started the Pioneers off with a single, then advanced to second when Leanne Harris grounded out for the 1st out of the inning. Lorrie Chaperon’s single scored Wallace, then Meagan James drew the walk to advance Chaperon to second and give the Lady Pioneers baserunners at first and second. Beth Moore then reached on a fielder’s choice as WVSU got Chaperon at third. Jade Jean singled to load the bases. Karly Eskew then singled to score James. With the bases still loaded, Elizabeth Randolph struck out to end the side.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the Yellow Jackets responded by scoring 2 more runs to make the score 5-2. In the top of the 7th, with 1 out, Meagan James homered to give the Lady Pioneers their final run and bring the score to 5-3.
Karly Eskew took the loss for the Lady Pioneers.