Lady Indians sweep Spring Mills in doubleheader

BSHS pitcher Mackenzie Stotler, 20 manages to catch a pop-up as she collides with third baseman Natalie McCarty, 11 in a game played at home against Spring Mills last Thursday, April 4.
photo by Lori Younker

by Jamie Harris
The Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians Varsity Softball Team had a busy week with a pair of doubleheaders. The Tribe was able to sweep a twin bill from Spring Mills, but lost both games at Petersburg.
The Lady Indians traveled to Class AA powerhouse Petersburg on Wednesday, April 3. In game one the Vikings took a 15-0 win. Petersburg followed that up with a 10-0 shutout in game two.
The Lady Indians hosted Class AAA Spring Mills in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 4.
In game one Berkeley Springs picked up an impressive 13-3 win in four innings. Trailing 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning Berkeley Springs got things rolling when Taylor Stotler singled and scored on Tailyn Michael’s RBI double. Michael and Carlee Spielman (walked) scored on Hannah Burton’s two run RBI single to give the Lady Indians a 3-1 lead.
Spring Mills battled back to tie the game 3-3 with two runs off of two Berkeley Springs errors. In the bottom of the second the Lady Indians were able to take advantage of seven walks that produced five runs and an 8-3 lead.
In the bottom of the third inning, Alley Emery and Burton both singled. Both scored on Mackenzie Stotler’s two run RBI double to push the score to 10-3. In the bottom of the fourth inning Natalie McCarty walked and T. Stotler followed with a single.  Michael followed with an RBI single. T. Stotler and Michael both then scored on wild pitches to give Berkeley Springs the 13-3 game one win.
T. Stotler, Michael and  Burton led the Lady Indians with two hits each. M. Stotler and Burton had three RBIs. M. Stotler was the winning pitcher giving up one hit and no runs in three innings.
Game two turned out to be a barn burner between the two teams. In the top of the first Spring Mills took a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals pushed the lead to 6-0 on a three run home run. Berkeley Springs started their comeback in the bottom of the second inning.
Aleah Hageny singled and scored on Burton’s RBI double. Spielman reached on an error and scored on Serenity Parsell’s single.

Michael followed with an RBI single and scored on Emery’s two run double. Katie Hoffman followed that up with a monstrous two run home run. Spielman and M. Stotler followed that with singles and then scored. Parsell, T.  Stotler and Michael all reached on errors and then scored to give the Lady Indians a 14-6 lead.
Spring Mills rallied back with five runs in the top of the third inning to cut the score to 14-11.  In the bottom of the fourth inning M. Stotler doubled and scored on T. Stotler’s RBI triple. T. Stotler then scored on Michael’s sacrifice fly to push the score to 16-11.
In the top of the fifth in-ning, Spring Mills scored two runs on two errors to cut the score to 16-13. In the top of the sixth inning, the Cardinals scored two more runs off two errors to close the score to 16-15. In the top of the seventh inning the Cardinals tied the score at 16-16 on an error.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, T. Stotler singled to lead off. She then scored on Michael’s game winning RBI triple to give Berkeley Springs the 17-16 win.
M. Stotler, T. Stotler and Emery each led Berkeley Springs with three hits. Hoffman had a two run home run.  Michael (4 RBIs) and   Emery (3 RBIs) led the offensive attack.
M. Stotler picked up the win giving up 0 hits, 0 runs and striking out five in two innings of relief.