Softball: WHS sweeps DH


By John Conley - [email protected]



It’s close at third as the ball reaches a Fayetteville infielder’s glove just just before a Westside runner reaches third in last Wednesday’s game at Clear Fork.


Westside won a pair of nail biters to move over .500 last week.

The Lady Renegades nipped Fayetteville, 2-1, behind a strong pitching performance from Aly Fleenor, then won the nightcap in walk-off fashion, 6-5 last Wednesday at Clear Fork.

WHS took a 1-0 lead in the first and added to its lead with a score in the third.

Rachel Goode singled to center, and Fleenor drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch.

Taylor Delong’s grounder led to a force at third.

Emily Prichard singled to drive in a run and make it 2-0.

The Renegades had other chances but none came to fruition.

Jaiden Cline le offf the singled to start the fourth, and Jenny Ellis reached on an error. But Pirates hurler Ashley Fridley worked her way out of trouble.

Fayetteville got its lone run in the fifth.

Lauren Spangler singled up the middle, and Samantha Holbrook walked. Courtney Hamiltom bunted to load the bases with none out.

Fleenor fanned the next batter. Then Whitney Sisler’s ground ball brought in a run, making it 2-1.

But Westside threw out a runner at home on that play and got another one at home on Frdley’s grounder.

Fleenor retired the Pirates in order in the sixth and seven to seal a win in game one.’

“I think my screwball was working well and my rise ball,” Fleenor said. “And the defense was great. I couldn’t do it without them.

“I think we’re playing pretty good as a team,” she added.

“We’re starting to hit the ball a little bit when we need it,” said Renegades coach Sarah Patrick.

“I see us getting better every game, and I hope that continues,” she added. “The defense played well, we didn’t have any errors.”

Prichard doubled twice for Westside, and Goode also had two hits.

Fleenor fanned seven to get the win.

WHS pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to top Fayetteville in the nightcap and and sweep the twinbill.

Fleenor had a key catch late in the game.

Westside was slated to host Wyoming East last Friday, but that game was rained out.

The teams are scheduled to make up that game on April 18.

WHS is at Mount View on Wednesday and will play two at Sherman on Thursday.

John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

It’s close at third as the ball reaches a Fayetteville infielder’s glove just just before a Westside runner reaches third in last Wednesday’s game at Clear Fork.
http://independentherald.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_DSC_0210.jpgIt’s close at third as the ball reaches a Fayetteville infielder’s glove just just before a Westside runner reaches third in last Wednesday’s game at Clear Fork.

By John Conley

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