Even though the Lady Pioneers had 8 hits in the first game, they couldn’t manufacture any runs as they fell to the Lady Falcons of Fairmont State 6-0. Starting for the Lady Pioneers in the first game was 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 field, Candice White catching, Karly Eskew in right field, and Mandy Parkulo on the mound.
The Lady Pioneers held the Falcons scoreless until the 2nd inning, when they scored 1 run by starting the inning off with a double, then advancing that runner to third on a sacrifice bunt. Their next batter singled to score the runner on third. FSU scored again in the 3rd inning, then scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th to clinch their 6-0 victory. The Lady Pioneers had at least 1 hit in every inning but the 7th, but couldn’t manage to bring in any of their baserunners. Mandy Parkulo took the loss for the Lady Pioneers. She faced 33 batters in 7 complete innings of work, gave up 11 hits, 2 walks, and recorded 2 strikeouts.
In the second game of the evening, the Lady Pioneers’ line-up changes were Jade Jean at first, and Kayla Shobe on the mound. FSU scored 1 run in the first inning as they recorded 3 hits. That would be their only run of the game, as the Lady Pioneer defense and pitching held strong for the rest of the contest.
GSC didn’t score until the 4th inning. Meagan James started things off with a double, and Stacy Mack followed suit with her own double, scoring James. Deidra Wallace came in to pinch run for Mack. After Jade Jean struck out, Lorrie Chaperon singled, advancing Wallace to third. Kayla Shobe popped out to center field, and Jessica Gilchrist struck out to strand Wallace on third.
The Lady Pioneers scored again in the 5th inning, when Fairmont State changed pitchers. Karly Eskew starting the inning with a single, then advanced to second on Leanne Harris’ sacrifice bunt. Lacey Powell singled to score Eskew, but was thrown out trying to advance to second base. Meagan James and Stacy Mack both singled, but were left on base when Jade Jean struck out to end the inning.
Neither team scored in the 6th, and GSC shut down the Falcons in the top of the 7th as they managed to record 1 hit, but stranded that runner as GSC’s defense made plays to end the inning and give the Lady Pioneers their 7th WVIAC win.
Kayla Shobe pitched a complete game for the Lady Pioneers, facing 33 batters, allowing 9 hits, 3 walks, and recording 4 strikeouts.
The Lady Pioneers return to action again this Saturday at 2:00 pm at home. They will face one of the top teams in the WVIAC, Alderson-Broaddus. On Sunday, they face Ohio Valley University at home at 1:00 pm.