Lady Indians Softball picks up two wins

by Jamie Harris

The Berkeley Springs Lady Indians softball team was back on the diamond this week with a home contest with St. James (Md.), an away contest at Keyser and then a weekend trip at the Bub Riggleman tournament at Moorefield.

On Monday, April 17 the Lady Indians hosted St. James out of Hagerstown, Md. The game was scoreless for the first four and half innings. In the bottom of the fifth inning Berkeley Springs was able to break through with two runs to take a 2-0 lead. St. James would rally in the top of the seventh but the Lady Indians held on for the 2-1 win.

Sophomore Alaira Harrington was outstanding in the circle going seven innings, al- lowing four hits, one run and striking out five.

Offensively, the Lady Indians were led by Allison Gray (2B, 3B, Run and RBI), Destiny Parsell (1B, 2B and Run), Marley Heath (2B) and Alaira Harrington (1B).

On Tuesday, April 18 the Lady Indians traveled to Keyser for a contest with the Golden Tornado. Things did not go well for the Tribe as Keyser took the 15-0 win. Alaira Harrington supplied the only two hits for Berkeley Springs with a single and double.

On Friday, April 21 the Lady Indians traveled to Moorefield for the always tough Bub Riggleman tournament. In their first game Berkeley Springs lost 10-0 to Washington as Jayda Thompson and Emily Schultz got a single each at the plate.

In game two the Lady Indians took on the Pendleton County Wildcats in a game that took nine innings to decide. Berkeley Springs led 1-0 after Allison Gray tripled to bring in Emma Widmeyer in the first inning. Pendleton bounced back with two runs in the top of the second to go up 2-1. Berkeley Springs re- gained the lead in the bottom of the third to go back in front 3-2 on an Allison Gray two run homerun. Pendleton would score two runs in the fourth and fifth inning to take a 6-3 lead. The Lady Indians would rally and tie the game in the sixth inning. Layla Parsell led off with a single and moved to third on an Alaira Harrington double. Allison Gray stepped up to the plated and blasted her second homerun of the game this time a three run shot to tie the score at 6-6. This was Gray’s seventh homerun of the season.

In the eighth inning Berkeley Springs would take the 7- 6 lead after Widmeyer scored, however Pendleton would bounce back and tie the game back at 7-7 in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the ninth the Lady Indians would get things cook- ing with two outs. Layla Parsell double would move Destiny Parsell over to third. This would bring up sophomore Jayda Thompson who lined a double to centerfield to score the Parsell sisters. Thompson would then score on an Alaira Harrington single to make the score 10-7 in favor of Berkeley Springs. In the bottom of the ninth Harrington would close the game with a strikeout to give Berkeley Springs its win number 12 for the season.

Offensively it was the Allison Gray show as the junior slugger hit two homeruns, scored two runs, and had six RBI’ s. The offensive output didn’t stop there as Layla Parsell (2-1B’ s, 2B and 2 Runs), Emily Schultz (3- 1B’ s), Emma Widmeyer (1B, 3B and 2 Runs), Alaira Harrington (3-2B’ s, 1B and RBI), Marley Heath (2-1B’s), Jayda Thompson (2B, Run and 2 RBI’s), Destiny Parsell (1B and Run) and Cheyenne Lewis (Run) all contributed.

In the circle Alaira Harrington went the entire nine innings, allowing 11 hits, 7 runs-which 3 were earned, and striking out 2 to get the win.

On Saturday morning the Lady Indians faced the Frankfort Falcons and lost 8- 2. Leading the offensive attack for Berkeley Springs was Destiny Parsell (1B, 2B and Run), Layla Parsell (1B and RBI), Emma Widmeyer (1B, 2B and Run), Allison Gray (2B) and Emily Schultz (1B and RBI).

Sophomore Alaira Harrington on the mound for the Indians. photo by Lori Younker

Next up for the Lady Indians (12-13) is an away game on Monday, April 24 at John Handley (Winchester, Va.) at 6 p.m. On Wednesday, April 26 the Lady Indians will host McConnellsburg (Pa.) at 7 p.m. This game will also be senior night for the Tribe. Then on Thursday, April 27 the Lady Indians will travel to Grafton for 5 p.m. contest with the Bearcats.