Lady Indians win first game in Moorefield tournament
Berkeley Springs opened the Bub Riggleman Softball Tournament in Moorefield with a 10-0 win over Martinsburg on Friday, April 20, and then ended the tournament with a 14-9 loss to the Lady Bulldogs, on April 21.
The 10-0 win on Friday was the fourth win over the Bulldogs in as many tries this year.
Leading 1-0 heading into the fourth inning, Berkeley Springs erupted for nine runs to end the game via the 10-run mercy rule.
Natalie Redick went the distance, allowing no runs on four hits to record her sixth win of the year. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Skylar Kroschinsky had a single, double and two RBIs to lead the Indian offense. Redick helped her own cause with a pair of singles, as Berkeley Springs out hit Martinsburg, 8-4.
After defeating Martinsburg, Berkeley Springs lost to regional rival Petersburg, 17-1.
The Lady Vikings scored three runs in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and then ended the game with an eight-run rally in the fifth.
Kroschinsky, Brittney Stotler and Morgan Wachter had Berkeley Springs three hits. Stotler collected a RBI and Kroschinsky scored the lone run.
The Indians came back on Saturday morning and had the unenviable task of facing Martinsburg for the fifth time in 2012.
With four of Berkeley Springs six wins coming over the Bulldogs, one might consider it a favorable match-up. But, Coach Greg Brown knew that beating Martinsburg for a fifth time would not be a piece of cake.
"We talked about playing Martinsburg for the fifth time heading into the tournament," said Brown. “It is hard to beat someone three times in the same season, let alone four. And, five proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back. Martinsburg was really fired up and came out and got a quick lead. I think we were down 8-0 after two innings. Our girls did fight back and tied the game, 9-9, but Martinsburg scored five times in the seventh and beat us."
"We are just making the same mistakes," Brown said. “Even though we have gone over situations time and again, the kids revert back to bad habits during the heat of battle."
Berkeley Springs plays at Jefferson today, April 27, before ending the regular season at home against Preston County (DH) on April 27. The first game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.