According to the WVIAC pre-season coaches’ poll, the Lady Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan College are the heavy favorite to repeat as WVIAC champions. That makes GSC’s double header split with the Bobcats even more significant, as Glenville State was picked to finish 11th in the WVIAC. Currently, the Lady Pioneers hold a 5th place ranking in the WVIAC.
The Lady Pioneer line-up for the first game featured Leanne Harris as designated player, Lacey Powell at short, Meagan James at third, Stacy Mack in center field, Beth Moore at first, Lorrie Chaperon at second, Jessica Gilchrist in left field, Candice White catching, Karly Eskew in right field, and Tiffany Bush on the mound.
In the first game, it appeared that the Bobcats would cruise to a victory as they scored all 5 of their runs in the 1st inning. After giving up 6 hits in that inning, Lady Pioneer hurler Tiffany Bush settled down and only gave up 4 more hits in the entire game. GSC’s offense didn’t really get going until the 3rd inning, when they scored 2 runs on 3 hits. Karly Eskew started the third inning off with a single, followed by another single by Leanne Harris. Lacey Powell put down a sacrifice bunt to advance Eskew to third and Harris to second. Meagan James singled to bring in both Eskew and Harris. Stacy Mack then grounded into a double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, GSC scored 3 more runs to tie the score 5-5. With one out, Leanne Harris singled, then advanced to second when Lacey Powell drew the walk. Meagan James loaded the bases by reaching on an error by WVWC’s second baseman. The Bobcats’ pitcher struggled throughout the inning, and was called for a balk which advanced everyone one base, bringing in Leanne Harris. Stacy Mack then drew another walk to load the bases again. Beth Moore came to the plate and ripped a double to the center field fence that scored Powell and James. Mack was thrown out at home on the play. Lorrie Chaperon grounded out to end the inning.
The Bobcats threatened with 1 out in the top of the sixth, but Lacey Powell made an outstanding play at short to get the runner on first and the batter to end the inning with a double play. The Lady Pioneers left a runner on base in the bottom of the sixth to keep the score tied at 5-5. After a 3-up, 3-down top of the seventh, the Bobcats changed pitchers. Lacey Powell singled, then advanced to second on Meagan James’ sacrifice bunt. Stacy Mack grounded out to the pitcher, and Beth Moore popped up to short to end the inning.
WVWC managed to get a hit in the top of the 8th, but stranded that baserunner as the GSC defense held strong. Lorrie Chaperon drew the walk to start off the 8th for the Lady Pioneers. Jessica Gilchrist attempted the sacrifice bunt, but was hit by the bunted ball outside of the batters’ box and was called out due to batter interference. Candice White singled to give GSC runners at first and second, and Karly Eskew’s single loaded the bases. The Lady Bobcats made another pitching change to try to get out of the inning. Leanne Harris’ hit was fielded and used to throw out Chaperon at the plate. With 2 outs, Lacey Powell singled to score White, ending the game in the bottom of the 8th with a score of 6-5.
In the second contest of the night, the Lady Pioneer line-up changes included Mandy Parkulo on the mound and Jade Jean at first base. WVWC started things off in the top of the 1st by scoring 1 run on 1 hit, then took advantage of a Pioneer error in the second to score another run on a hit and the error. The Lady Pioneers were held scoreless in the 1st and 2nd innings.
In the top of the 3rd, the Bobcats extended their lead by scoring 4 runs on 6 hits. Coach Moore brought in Kayla Shobe to pitch after the Bobcats scored 2 of their 4 runs. Wesleyan scored again in the 4th inning to make the score 7-0.
In the bottom of the 4th, Lacey Powell homered to give the Lady Pioneers their only run of the game. Wesleyan scored again in the top of the 7th. The final score was 8-1. The Lady Pioneers are now 10-6 in WVIAC play. Due to weather, the double header at Ashland University has been canceled. The Lady Pioneers return to action next Friday when they travel to Shepherdstown to take on Shepherd University. As of today, the Lady Rams haven’t played any WVIAC opponents.