Emily Schultz three-run home run powers Lady Indians past Grafton in Sectional Play

by Jamie Harris

The Berkeley Springs Lady Indians softball team opened up the Class A A Sectional Championships this past week. On Wednesday, May 3 the #3 Lady Indians traveled to #2 Frankfort for the opening round of play.

Emily Schultz running the bases after her three-run home run.
Layla Parsell dives for the ball, getting the final out. photos by Lori Younker

Frankfort jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Berkeley Springs would cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the third. The Falcons would respond in the bottom of the third with three runs to push their lead to 5-1. Frankfort would add an insur- ance run in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the 6-1 win.

With the loss the Lady Indians falls into the consolation side of the bracket.

Berkeley Springs was led by Destiny Parsell (single), Emma Widmeyer (double), Ocean Clatterbuck (two singles and run), Alaira Harrington (single, double and RBI), and Emily Schultz (single). Harrington took the loss in the circle going six innings, scattering eight hits, allowing four earned runs and striking out six.

On Friday, May 5 the Lady Indians hosted the #4 Grafton Bearcats in an elimination game. Grafton jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning. Berkeley Springs would rally with a run in the bottom of the second inning and five runs in the bottom of the third inning to go up 6-1. Grafton would score a run in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 6-2. The Lady Indians would add two more runs in the bot- tom of the sixth inning to wrap up the 8-2 win.

Offensively the Lady Indians rapped out 13 hits led by Emily Schultz who cranked her fourth homerun of the season, this time a three run \shot. Destiny Parsell (three singles, run and RBI), Layla Parsell (two singles), Jayda Thompson (double, run and RBI), Emma Widmeyer (single and run), Marley Heath (two singles), Abby Croston (two runs) and Allison Gray (two singles and two runs).

Sophomore Alaira Harrington got the win going the distance scattering six hits, allowing two runs and striking out two.

On Monday, May 8 the Lady Indians traveled to #1 Keyser for an elimination game starting at 5 p.m.