Fort Frye softball falls, 10-0, to Parkersburg South
PARKERSBURG — Ten runs, 10 hits and a no-hitter too!
That’s what happened for host Parkersburg South Friday afternoon against Fort Frye at Godbey Field with sophomore Jordan Stanley pitching a three-inning softball no-hitter in the Patriots’ 10-0 win.
Stanley faced just the minimum of nine Cadet batters in hurling her perfect game, striking out four with no walks — and making the first out of the game for South when she threw a comebacker to her to first base — while leaving the other five outs to her teammates.
The only really tough play for South in the field was a diving catch of a soft liner by third baseman Rhylee Graham for the initial out in the top of the third inning and two batters later, Stanley fanned the last Fort Frye batter she would see on the day.
“The girls came out hitting; they got their hits in and we started out good,” said South head coach Cindi Taylor, who saw her team put up four runs in the first inning. “In the last couple games, we really haven’t started hitting until about the third inning. But today, we started out good and just kept it up.”
For Stanley, ‘this was the first time she’s pitched a whole game,” said Taylor. “Of course it was three innings, but she was doing well and pitching strong today.”
The 4-spot in the first frame for South came on Rylee Graham’s RBI double, Kylee McCorkle’s run-scoring fielder’s choice, Ashlee Ellison’s RBI single and a Fort Frye fielding error as the Patriots batted around
Two more tallies in the second stanza were recorded on McCorkle’s sacrifice fly and Paige Winans’ RBI infield single.
Then in the third inning, the last four runs crossed the plate on a wild pitch, an RBI double by Aurora Slusher, Kelly Amos’ RBI ground-ball out at first base and another Cadet fielding miscue that ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the third.
Slusher finished 2-for-2 batting, Graham 2-for-3, Winans 2-for-2 and Alexis Feick 2-for-2 for South, while Ellison and Haley Hatfield both had a hit.
“Our girls are fighting through it this year,” noted Taylor. “Mentally, they’re a little stronger. There’s only two seniors (Allie Taylor and Winans) on the field. My pitchers and catchers are freshmen and sophomores. So we’re young, but they’re doing well. Chemistry is good and they’re playing well together.
“And they’re hitting well this year. With the weather as it’s been, we’re been in the gym a lot and what we’ve concentrated on is hitting. So finally, that’s starting to show.”