By Scott Richards
Opening strong in the first innings, the Cavalier ladies softball team folded as the game progressed, losing to the Glen Allen Jaguars 14-2 in six innings last week on Thursday.
With the first Cavalier batter scoring in the first inning and holding the Jaguars blank, the game looked hopeful with the Cavs ahead 1-0. Hope soon faded as the Jaguars scored in each succeeding inning, as opposed to the Cavalier drought until the sixth inning when one run was scored.
Glen Allen dominated Caroline, scoring 14 runs off of 13 hits and committing only one error. Briana Tarzia, the winning pitcher, faced 22 batters, striking out 11 and walking only two. Tarzia allowed only two runs, both of which were earned, and two hits. Autumn Black caught for Tarzia.
The Jaguar bats came alive with 13 hits and were led by Julia Fritz, who went 1-4 on the night. Her one hit was a home run, giving Fritz two RBI while scoring four runs in the game. Fritz was followed by Autumn Black batting 1-2 with a double and two runs and adding an RBI to her stats. Kendall Arnold hit 3-4. Arnold slammed a triple, which brought in two RBI. She scored one run.
Caroline had five hits and two runs for the game while committing four errors. Madison Woody pitched six innings, striking out three and walking two. Woody was charged with 14 runs, 12 of which were earned, from 13 hits. Allison Morrow caught for the first three innings, followed by Kayleigh Buchanan in the final three.
Glen Allen effectively shut down the Cavalier offense, allowing only five hits in the game. Bria Malloy was 2-3, scoring one run and stealing one base. Cassandra Cooper batted 0-1, was walked once, and made a sacrifice out. Cooper scored one of the Cavalier runs.
Against Battlefield District rivals King George, Caroline played hard except for an eight-run stretch in the third and fourth innings as the Foxes took yet another win from the Cavaliers 9-1. The Cavaliers remained strong until the bottom of the third inning when a line drive hit starting pitcher Summer Simulcik directly on her pitching hand.
It was a hit against Caroline’s momentum as well as Simulcik’s hand as King George scored three runs in the third and five in the fourth. India Holmes, who made three of the four Caroline hits, had a double in the fifth inning that resulted in an RBI as Bria Malloy scored.
King George pitcher Ashley Nolls was awarded the win, pitching five innings with three strikeouts and four walks. Nolls was charged with one earned from two hits. A. Nolls was relieved by S. Nolls, who pitched two innings and was charged with two hits and struck out one. Catcher Shelby King backed up both pitchers.
The Foxes were led in batting by Carly Hughes, who went 3-4 and scored one run. Haley Wright was 0-3, scoring two runs.
Summer Simulcik, prior to being hit on her pitching hand, pitched three innings facing 13 batters, and she was charged with five hits and one walk. Madison Woody, in relief, pitched three innings against 21 batters and was charged with nine hits and nine runs (seven of which were earned), and she struck out three. Allison Morrow was catcher and had a put out and an assist.
Holmes had the heavy bat for Caroline, going 3-4 with a double and an RBI. She was followed by Malloy, who went 0-3 with one run and one walk.
The Lady Cavs defeated the Eagles of Washington and Lee last Friday 11-3, but at press time there was no information given about the game.
This week, the Lady Cavs were scheduled to face James Monroe at home on Tuesday and Henrico on Friday. Next Monday finds them facing Brooke Pointe in an away game and then Chancellor on Tuesday, which is away as well. Thursday finds Courtland visiting Caroline.