Softball team in midseason slump

By Tony Viola, Staff Writer

The West Liberty softball team could not get into the swing of things on March 28 as the Hilltoppers dropped a doubleheader to West Virginia State, both 4-0.

Strong pitching from the Yellow Jackets’ Shayla Owens and the Hilltoppers’ Sara Emerich kept the first contest scoreless heading into the seventh inning, but that’s when WVSU caught fire.

With a runner on first and second, Desiree Giffin stepped up to the plate to send Hannah Griffith home for State’s first run.

After another score for the Yellow Jackets (22-7, 5-1 WVC), Brittany Hyatt doubled to send two more runners home for a 4-0 advantage.

Owens finished with 10 strikeouts and only allowed three hits while pitching all seven innings for WVSU. Emerich had one strikeout but allowed eight hits with four coming in the seventh.

Maggie Starr was the only big hitter for the Hilltoppers (7-25, 2-6) with two singles.

In the second game, West Virginia State was able to get ahead early with another Hyatt double that sent Mallory Hilton and Alana Weyant home to put the visitors on the scoreboard.

Another run by Hyatt gave State a 3-0 advantage heading into the bottom of the third.

A Sabrina Schouten RBI set up an unearned run by Victoria Crawford in the top of the fifth to seal a win for the Yellow Jackets.

Hyatt and Sturms each finished with two doubles and an RBI as State out hit WLU, 8-7.

Jamee Burke and Irene Fadul finished with two singles apiece for West Liberty.

March 31, 2012 Shepherd 16, West Liberty 0

Tricia Bettura struck out 10 as Shepherd defeated West Liberty. The Rams were able to score eight runs in the first three innings before exploding for another eight in the bottom of the fourth to seal the deal. Janea Cockrell and Angela Johnson had the only two hits for the Hilltoppers.


Shepherd 8, West Liberty 2

Stacey Sumner hit a two-run triple but it was not enough as West Liberty fell to Shepherd. Tiffany Biggs struck out 10 batters for Shepherd in the victory. The Hilltoppers’ Julianne Wanda and Maggie Starr scored on Sumner’s triple.

April 1, 2012 Seton Hill 9, West Liberty 3

Maggie Starr hit two solo home runs, but it was not enough as West Liberty fell to Seton Hill. Felicia Hulslander backed Starr with three singles while Julianne Wanda added a pair of hits and Stacy Sumner had an RBI. Christine Henderson struck out eight for the Griffins.

Seton Hill 8, West Liberty 3

Stacy Sumner doubled on two hits and added an RBI but it was not enough as the Hilltoppers fell to the Griffins. Irene Fadul added a pair of hits for West Liberty with Leanna McMillen contributing a double and an RBI while Jennifer Young chipped in with a run-scoring single. Seton Hill was led by Amanda Arnold who hit four RBIs and doubled on two hits.

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