By Scott Richards
The Caroline High School girls softball team played back-to-back games against Chancellor High School last week losing the first contest on Monday 6-1 and winning the second on Tuesday 8-0 before closing out their season with a 13-2 win over Courtland on Wednesday.
Wednesday saw the Lady Cavaliers exhibit the control defense they have been developing all season. Senior Blake Seal used her pitching to hold the Cougars down to two runs off of two hits. She had three innings in which Courtland went three up and three down, and in two innings she struck out the side.
Opening with a four runs in the first inning, the Cavaliers held the Cougars 4-2 until the sixth inning when Caroline put the game away with six runs, followed by a three-run seventh inning for a final score of 13-2.
Scoring 13 runs with 12 hits, the Caroline War Machine marched on as seven of nine Cavaliers scored.
Winning pitcher Seals struck out 12 and walked four in seven innings. She was charged with two hits and two runs.
Catcher Allison Morrow backed up Seal at the plate and had one put out. Bats were hot for the Cavaliers as Morrow went 5-5, scoring three runs, a double, and four RBI.
Pitcher Seal extended her efforts beyond the mound, going 3-5 with two runs, a triple, and two RBI. Cassandra Cooper and India Holmes continued their stealing ways, with both having a stolen base. Cooper was 1-3 with three runs and two RBI in addition. Holmes added 1-4 at bat with two runs and an RBI to her stats.
Kynzie Bouches was the losing pitcher for Courtland with Vickie Varner in for relief. Erin Dymon caught for both pitchers. Tori Little was 1-3 with one run and an RBI for the Cougars.
In Tuesday’s game, after a scoreless first inning, Caroline broke the stalemate, scoring in every inning but the fifth.
Thanks to the outstanding pitching of Blake Seals, the Chargers were unable to get their offense going. Chancellor was four up and three down under Seal’s domination throughout the game.
In the sixth inning, Summer Simulcik ascended the mound in relief and finished the shut out.
India Holmes put the lid on Chancellor’s fate, catching a Riley Pates line drive and throwing out Lindsey Pett on her way to second to complete the double play.
Winning pitcher Seal struck out six while walking one and allowing four hits. Simulcik in relief struck out two and walked one. Both pitchers were backed up by catcher Allison Morrow, who was credited with one assist.
In addition to her relief work, Simulcik had a strong bat on the night, going 3-4 with two runs. Cassandra Cooper showed her offensive power, matching Simulcik’s stats at the plate. Catcher Morrow was 3-4 with four RBI. Morrow added a double to her batting record.
Losing pitcher Heather McDaniel struck out two, walked three, and was charged with eight runs off of 14 hits.
In Monday’s game against the Chargers, the Lady Cavs War Machine sputtered after taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Chancellor came roaring back with four runs scored in the third and two insurance runs in the sixth.
Aside from eight hits and one run, Caroline was unable to mount any sort of offense for the rest of the game. Chancellor finished the night with six runs and six hits.
Winning pitcher Heather McDaniel of Chancellor struck out eight Cavaliers but walked only three in seven innings of play. She was charged with eight hits and one run. Riley Pates played behind the plate the entire game and had a put out.
Summer Simulcik was charged with the loss together with six runs and six hits. Veteran catcher Allison Morrow worked behind the plate. Cassandra Cooper led offensively for Caroline, batting 1-3 and scoring one run. Bria Malloy was 1-2 with one RBI.