In yet another down-to-the-wire matchup for the Wellsboro Lady Hornets softball team, they were unable to pull off a victory against a talented Loyalsock Lady Lancers team and fell by a score of 3-2, giving them their first loss in the past four contests moving their record to 3-3 during the summer.
The Lady Hornets offense got off to a torrent start in the bottom of the first inning, piling on two runs early with Kerrah Clymer and Emma Coolidge both reaching bases on walks in the inning.
Clymer was able to advance to third on a steal as well as Coolidge to second base.
Chelsie English was able to come up with a timely single with two outs, driving in both base-runners for two early runs for Wellsboro.
The Lady Hornets found themselves in a prime position to possibly steal their fourth straight victory of the PIAA Coaches Association, holding Loyalsock scoreless until the third inning, when the Lancers bats came alive and were able to tie the game up with two runs in the frame.
Wellsboro found themselves with multiple chances to pull away from Loyalsock in the third and fourth innings of play, but left the bases loaded in both frames and couldn’t put together a hit when they needed it the most.
They also stranded two base-runners in the bottom of the sixth inning as well, and were unable to capitalize on the combined eight possible runs left on base in those innings.
Neither team was able to string any runs together until the final inning, where Loyalsock was able to knock in the eventual winning run of the game in the top of the seventh inning, which was the final run of the game giving Loyalsock a gritty comeback victory of 3-2.
Cathryn Brought enjoyed another strong outing on the mound, only allowing three runs, striking out five batter and walking two batters in a second consecutive complete game.
On defense, Rileigh Gerges was pivotal to holding the Lancers to just three runs in the contest, and made a handful of impressive plays covering massive amounts of ground from the centerfield position to keep the Lady Hornets within striking distance.
The Wellsboro offense was potent during the contest, but were unable to get hits with runners in scoring position during the contest.
Wellsboro had four players record hits during the contest with Clymer, English, Gerges and Nina Coolidge all getting in on the action, while good patience at the plate led to a slew of walks for the Lady Hornets throughout the game.
Abbye Cavanaugh showcased that patience and despite not recording a hit on the night she made it on base for all three plate appearances for Wellsboro.
She also had a key lead-off walk in the seventh and represented the tieing run late in the game.
“Wellsboro played a great game against a talented Loyalsock team,” Head Coach Ron Brought wrote. “Wellsboro was missing several starters but was still able to put themselves in a position to win against a strong opponent.”
Despite the loss, the Lady Hornets have a chance to end the PIAA Coaches Association league with a winning record, as they played their final game on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in a rematch against Muncy that ended in a score of 1-0 after a thunderstorm rolled into town halfway through the seventh inning that nullified a three-run seventh inning by the Lady Hornets including an inside the park homer by Clymer.
For scores, stats and the game story pick up next week’s Wellsboro/Mansfield Gazette.