An opportunistic Westside team knocked off Wyoming East.
The Lady Renegades used bunts, walks and East errors to grab an early lead and went on to score a 3-0 win at New Richmond last Thursday.
Junior pitcher Cassie Blankenship struck out 10 and worked her way out of several jams as WHS won on East’s field for the first time ever.
“I get nervous (when there are runners on base),” said Blankenship. “But I have confidence in my team.”
The game was scoreless when Westside pitcher Leah Pack walked on a full count to start the second inning.
A couple of errors on a ground ball allowed Pack to come around and score, making it 1-0.
The Lady Renegades added two runs in the third to push the lead to 3-0.
“I thought we hit the ball pretty well against both of their pitchers,” commented WHS coach Sarah Patrick.
East staged threats in every inning from the second on, but couldn’t deliver with runners in scoring position.
Chelsey Adkins singled to start the Warrior third and Bre Pertee followed with a bunt single. Blankenship retired the next three batters.
Missed scoring chances were the story for the rest of the day.
Christian Price singled in the Westside fifth and eventually reached third, but she was stranded there.
Price hammered a one-out double to left-center in the seventh, but East freshman Kaithlyn Mills got the next two batters out.
WEHS had its biggest threat in the bottom of the seventh.
Adkins reached on an error, Pertee singled to left.
Two outs later, Mills loaded the bases with a grounder down the third base line.
Blankenship struck out Morgan Adkins to end the game.
“My rise ball was working good today,” Blankenship commented. “And my change up was good.”
“I’m happy,” Patrick said. “I think we’re starting to play pretty well.”
The Lady Warriors left 13 runners on base.
“We didn’t hit with runners on base,” stated East coach Robert “Doc” Warner.
Price went 22 at the plate for Westside.
Harley McBride had a pair of hits for East.
Emily Day started for WEHS and was relieved by Mills in the fourth.