A tough softball season can mean different outlooks to any team. For Pine View, it’s been a disappointing season by the numbers for sure, but in spirit, the season has been one of progress.
This relatively young squad has gained valuable experience throughout the spring. Wednesday evening, the Panthers demonstrated that growth with a solid 5-2 win over Enterprise.
“The one thing I can say about these players is they don’t quit,” Panthers coach Randy Green said. “It hasn’t been a good season, but they show up every game ready to play. Oftentimes, you don’t always get that kind of effort if a team is having a rough season, but our players have given us everything they’ve got.”
The Panthers’ non-region win improved their overall mark to 8-14 with just one game left in the season.
As for the Wolves, they fell to 18-7 overall, but the loss has no affect on their playoff position, as they’ve secured a No. 1 seed for the upcoming 2A state tournament.
On Wednesday, though, Pine View had the upper hand.
PV sophomore pitcher Jordan Gosik kept the Wolves’ powerful lineup (8.5 runs per game) at bay, not allowing a run until the final inning.
“I just go out and throw,” Gosik said. “I felt like my spin (ball) was working. A lot of changeups and drop-balls to keep them off balance.”
Green said his ace has gotten better as the season progressed, adding Gosik has a lot of potential and has shown great command and poise in the circle.
The Panthers’ pitcher also got plenty of help from her teammates against the Wolves.
With a 1-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth inning, the home team reeled off four runs off of Enterprise standout Dakota Robinson.
Addi Horspool had an RBI single to left center, Madi Green produced an RBI double to left center, Kayla Leavitt followed that with an RBI single and Kayla Hammond’s bloop RBI single to left capped the spurt, giving Pine View a 5-0 lead after four.
Despite the deficit, Enterprise attempted to rally in the top of the seventh.
Kimberlee Bishop and McKenzy Huntsman led off with back-to-back singles, and a few batters later, Robinson drove in two runs with a powerful line-drive double to left center with two outs.
However, the late-game effort wasn’t enough as Madison Holmes’ groundout ended the Wolves’ rally and the game.